A guide to minimalism beauty
I am all about minimalism since 2015, and still learning about this concept and test everything into my life. When you will understand why less is more, you will have more space to create and think, pure joy to see other things that are not your things, and appreciation of what you really own now right now.
So when it comes to my skincare formulas, what I eat, and how I live, I believe that less is more.
But as total beauty junkie as I was before, it’s admittedly difficult to apply this philosophy to my beauty routine! If you’re anything like (the old) me, your beauty drawer is currently housing: five moisturizers, three bronzers, seven mascaras (ah, free samples get us every time), and literally…ONE THOUSAND eye shadows and eye liners. It’s not good…just not good at all.
So today, I’m giving you my personal tips on how to easily minimize your beauty drawer. With these tips, I truly believe you’ll be able to invite more clean and quality products into your life, and easily toss out the “junk”.
1.Collect & Sort
The first step was to gather, collect and sort every last makeup item I owned and used. I found it easiest to dump it out and go through it on a solid, clean surface. Two important questions I ask myself before I start to select and toss. How much do you actually have? Do you use everything you own? What do you have? These are important things to establish early on. It was time to say farewell to anything that was outdated or never being used. Go through everything and toss what you don’t like or are no longer wear. Try the shades out to make sure that you like them on you rather than just in the packaging!
2.Organize & store ( not in your bathroom anymore)
Organize, organize, organize. Find a simple, beautiful organizer that will make it easy for you to find exactly what you need, when you need it. I love using acrylic organizers for makeup because they are extremely simple to keep clean, clear that you can see all your makeup when you reach for somethings and some have really great design. They allow me to keep makeup divided by type, and everything is nice and easy to see and access.
3.Mark your products
When I was sorting, I didn't know when most of the items were purchased to know if they were expired or not. It was just a guessing game that I wanted to prevent next time around. I added a marker to my makeup drawer which now allows me to mark any new makeup with the purchase date.
4. Know your stuff
Using my phone, I quickly snapped a photo of the name/brand/color of each of my favorite cosmetic items. I then added the photos to a special album on my phone's camera roll titled Makeup Details. So many times I have been out shopping and become overwhelmed with the choices and have a hard time recalling my favorite colors and shades. Or, I forget to write down the specific type and see it on sale. By saving all of the details on my phone in a single image, I will always have access to my favs and be prepared come shopping day.
5 . Find a favourite brand
Find one brand that you love for each of your beauty products. Why have more than one go-to eyeliner, mascara, eyeshadow palette, or sunscreen? If you’re having success with a specific product, stick to it.
6. Get versatile !
Find ways to make your products multi-functional…get creative! For example, use cream blush as a lipstick or use your bronzer as a natural eye shadow! And like me, if you don’t use it already, coconut oil is a beauty must have for me. I use it as a moisturizer, makeup remover, hair mask, body lotion and even teeth whitening.
7. Learn to toss it!
I know…you saved the best (and hardest) for last. Do NOT use expired makeup or any product that looks like it may be going bad or smells funny. Some products, like powder-based makeup, can be used for around two years, but liquid mascara and eyeliner should be discarded after two or three months! (PS: if you haven’t used something in six months, get rid of it! You probably don’t need it and won’t use it, no matter how many times you tell yourself that you will).
Do you have others steps in your way to a minimalist beauty drawer? Let me know in your comments!