5 Things I've Learnt From Downsizing My Makeup

If you hadn’t already heard the latest, my goal for this year is to enjoy less but better, and makeup is definitely an area I need to work on. As a makeup artist its makes it incredibly easy to justify having such a ridiculous amount of makeup, and while I pride myself on having a kit that caters to everyone, I knew it was time to access and reevaluate. I’m a month in, and I thought I’d share my findings.

1. Shopping your stash is a hobby!

Yep you read that right! There is a lot of joy to be had in digging through your makeup drawers and rediscovering old favourites, while you remember while you fell in love with said product in the first place. How many times have you gone shopping for a new red lipstick, only to come home to realize you already had the exact same shade? (Guilty). Shopping my stash reminded me of the joy and memories associated to certain products. Like a great outfit, some makeup just makes you remember good times, and we all need a bit of nostalgia right now.

2. Multipurpose products go a long way!

It’s funny because I’ve always said this, but it’s not until you really challenge yourself to use less, that you realize how versatile a few basic products really are. Lipsticks double as cheek products, blushers and bronzers make fabulous eyeshadows and lipgloss is the easiest way to create a glossy eye look in seconds.

5 Things I've Learnt From Downsizing My Makeup

3. Less products equals more creativity!

At least that’s been my experience. When you think of the amount of makeup a makeup artist has at their disposal, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed, where as having less makes it easy to make space for creativity. Whether it’s mixing products, playing with texture or just thinking outside the box, it’s amazing how much more creative I feel with less.

4. Inglot Duraline is an essential beauty product when you’re looking to downsize.

If you want to make your makeup go further while downsizing your current stash, consider investing in Inglot Duraline. This mixing medium is the ultimate makeup reviver, plus it turns any product waterproof! I mix this into my DIY face in palette to revive any products looking a little dry and it instantly brings them back to life. So many times I have thrown product away thinking it was unusable just because it started to dry up (hello Chanel Illusion Dombre and Mac paint Pots) but this is a game changer! One single drop is enough to bring any makeup item back to life. Magic!

5 Things I've Learnt From Downsizing My Makeup

5. The products I genuinely can’t live without are few and far between.

It’s true makeup is my happy place, and if you’re a regular reader of my blog I can only presume it brings you some joy too? I love experimenting and having fun with makeup, but when it comes down to my own ‘ride or die’ products they all fit nicely into a teeny tiny palette. If you’d like to create a personalized makeup edit tailored to you, then watch this video.

At the end of the day, sometimes it’s not what but the how that’s important, we all have our favourites and of course these change from time to time. The reality is that for a product to make space in my now much more edited collection, it has to be better than something that I already have. Often it’s not just the product itself, but how I use it that makes it fun for me.

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