Welcome to the second part of my attempt to go minimalist on my makeup collection. Today we’re gonna talk about how to do it, where to start and all that good stuff and the steps here are all based on my opinion, my way. If you have other ideas on how to do it, please share and let me know on the comment section below 😉
I am by no mean an expert on this minimalist lifestyle, but everybody gotta start somewhere aren’t they? So, let’s just say this is me sharing with you, from a friend to friends, on how I do this. Honestly I never thought that I will be able to do this myself ut I’m determined to do it. If you want to know why I want to downsize and somehow start to go minimalist on my makeup, go check out my previous post about it.
Now, without further due, let’s get into my “method” on how I downsize my makeup collection.
It’s all started with your mindset
Knowing what you want from what you have is the starting point. Yep, don’t ever doubt the power of your mind. Start to picture how and what you want your collection look like? Do you want it to be just essentials? basic stuff? or full glam room like your mini sephora or ulta at home?
If your head say that you can’t go minimalist, chance is you will keep saying you will go minimalist but you will end up never gonna do it it. It’s because in your head you already know that it’s not possible and you won’t do it. On the other hand, if you picture to have a vanity with only 2 drawers in the vanity that can hold or your collection then it’s not hard for you to resist all that new stuff that’s running around your IG and YouTube feed 😉
The way I started this “attempt” is by putting this simple thought in my head : One, I know and fully realize my love for makeup is undeniably huge, Two, I accept that there is no way that I can live with only a tray of makeup goodies like a pro-minimalist. Last but not least, I accept the fact that eyeshadow palette is my weakness so it’s gonna be the part of my collection that will be “extra” but I also realize that I have to be able to control myself to be more selective when I’m buying new palette. I know it sounds crazy right now, but once we get to the second step it will be more clearer.
Get to know more on what you need
I know damn well that one, bright orange, neon pink and yellow eyeshadow is not gonna work on me, and two, I also very aware that I’m very aware of my skin texture that’s why I’m grateful that I’m not a highlighter fan, nor do I will look good with blinding highlight. From these two things, I already know that I won’t need that Natasha Denona sunset palette, doesn’t matter how pretty it looks because I won’t like how the colors look like on my skin tone. I will also do not the Tarte unicorn palette with shimmers in it because my slightly hooded eyes won’t be really able to show all those colors in it. Did I want them the first time I saw them? Sure I did, but once you know in deep what you need from makeup and what suits you best, it’s easier to talk yourself out of not to buy something.
Be more aware on your habit and preference when doing your makeup. It took me a month to realize what look I really like, enjoy, and always come back to. Check your YouTube history of makeup tutorials you watch, believe it or not you will see a pattern there because you will search the look that you know you can imitate or you like. Let me know if you want me to discuss about my favorite YouTuber, I can definitely do that =D
Back to the makeup need, here is the epiphany I got after examining my makeup habit: I always go for a simple, fresh, occasionally soft smokey look for day time and smokey look with pop of colors or occasionally glam for night time or events (my YouTube history full of the word “fresh look, natural look, no makeup look. smokey eye, simple smokey eye, smokey eye with pop of colors )
It also very important and will help a lot if you know what look that suits your face , skin and eye color you have so you can sort out better on what you need on makeup. By knowing all that, not only it will help you choose and declutter the makeup easier, but also it will be very helpful for your makeup application and make sure that doesn’t matter what you choose to put on it will always look good on you.
The next part is to sort out what you have in your current collection, keep what you need and you know it will work well on you and let go all the things that, again, you already know it won’t look good on you and you never reach for God knows how long. There’s better home for that “untouchable” items, or if it’s waaaay too old then time to throw it away.
I believe that more often than not, you will already have what you need and probably more than one too. Whether you realize it or not, everybody have a type so it’s not surprising that you will have the same color lipsticks (obviously duh..lol) or eyeshadow over and over again because unconsciously people tend to gravitate toward something that is strongly influenced by their preference
Keep What Makes You Comfortable
This is more than just how a product feel on you, but also the number of product you want to keep. If you don’t feel comfortable to have only 1 eyeliner at a time, don’t feel guilty to have a backup (or two) or other options, but definitely it’s not necessary to have 5 black eyeliners right?
For me, it’s very highly unlikely that you will see me in full coverage, full glam makeup with bright eyes and falsies because one, I don’t like how full coverage foundation feel on my skin, two, I don’t like falsies, and three all those things mentioned are not things that I’m comfortable with. So why bother to have those items that I know I won’t enjoy using and probably will never use? On the other hand, I won’t be able to stop thinking about the new eyeshadow palettes which are going to be launched the upcoming months and it’s gonna be a lie if I say that I’m not interested at all. The fact that I have, let’s just say more than I actually need palettes in my collection doesn’t make me feel guilty if I buy more. Again, minimalism or minimalist is not about number, but about enjoying what you have and focusing on what’s important so you can feel happy
Take it Easy on Your Heart
By know y’all probably already know that I’m a proud eyeshadow palette collector (who am I kidding? yes, I am a hoarder) and lipsticks. There’s nothing that can stop me from collecting palettes but now I’m being more selective and really examine the shades in the palette that I’m going to buy. It’s easier for me know to not buying palettes, doesn’t matter how “hype” it is. If I see that the shades are not what I will use a lot, I won’t buy it. Watch some Anti Haul video also helps me to rationalize my choice 😉 All hail Kimberly Clark, the fairy godmother of Anti Haul!
Being happy and being able to enjoy the items you have is the key in being minimalist (at least this is what I learn from the other people who already do this) I’m happy with my collection and I have let some items go too. I also love my lippies collection even though my husband say they look all the same color but hey, I like having 10 nude pink lipstick and lipgloss and enjoying 12coral brown lip color
Shop your Stash
This is something that I already start before I choose to go minimalist. With the overwhelming makeup launch every day (yes, you know what I’m talking about) it’s very important to know what you already have and again, what you enjoy to use. Shop your stash is basically looking at your collection, closely, and compare that to the new launch. This “shopping” activity will remind you on what you already have and whether or not this item still excite you.
It’s very unlikely that you find me drooling over the launch of new highlighters, because basically I’m not a big fan of highlighter and I’m happy with the highlighters that I have now. But hey, the new naked heat palette doesn’t excite me much either cause I know it won’t bring out the heat in me 😉 Do I have highlighter? Yes I do. Did that Naked Heat palette attract me? Yes it did, but I do already have similar color in my collection and it’s not my regular cup of tea so i’m not bothered 😉
At the end of the day, start at the stage where you feel you’re most comfortable with. If you’re happy that you have mini Sephora at your home, embrace it. You can probably use this method for your clothing item, or kitchen stuff.
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