Don’t get me wrong, I love makeup, but it’s just too much. I’m on a mission to live a minimalistic lifestyle and the only way I knew to begin was to declutter. I started with my makeup and skin care products because my beauty cupboard’s the one that’s taken so much space. And decluttering to me also meant, no more buying unnecessary beauty products. So here’s how I stopped pickpocketing my own wallet! HAHA
As cliché as it sounds, control is the number 1 thing that we should all practice! Before purchasing anything, always ask yourself if you really need it, or if you just want it. If you simply want another product, then don’t buy it. Another question to ask is if you’ll be able to use it on a regular basis, again if not, then don’t. Also, if you have a similar item at home or a similar colour of that lipstick, then there’s no use buying it (you can always mix and match colours)! Last but not the least, see if it’s worth you’re money. Are you really willing to spend another 100AED on a single liquid lipstick? I would personally just spend it on food…whattaboutchu?
2. Use up all your products by creating a makeup capsule:
Malen, a fellow blogger who I have been following for a long time have been posting a round up of products that she’s been using on a weekly basis. The challenge is, you create a makeup capsule and you’ll only use those products for a whole week, and then another capsule the next week. This way, you’ll be able to use up all your products and you’re sure that not one single tube of foundation or lisptick goes to waste.
3. Mix & Match your lipsticks:
I’m a sucker for lipsticks! Oh, if you haven’t read my June Faves: Lipstick Edition, do so. Moving on, mix and match your lipsticks to create a new shade. Don’t be scared to experiment, you’ll be surprised at how many shades you’ll discover without spending a single dime!
4. Use alternatives:
There are so many ways to utilize your makeup. Eyeshadows can be used as a blush, a highlighter and vice versa. Brow gels can be used as eyeliners. Lipsticks can in fact also be used as blushers and even as eyeshadows. Google and Pinterest are two amazing platforms that can help you figure out how to get the most out of your products!
5. Your money looks better in your bank account:
Got this quote from Girlboss, my favourite book. If all else fails, then remember, that your money is better off in your bank account. Spend them on travels or on meaningful moments rather than just trying to fill up your shelf with new contour palettes and liquid lipsticks.
6. Restock only if you NEED to:
Take a look at your vanity cabinet and see which products you use and run out of on a regular basis. In my case (I’m pretty sure in everyone’s case) it’s the facial wash, toner, moisturizer and sun block. These are my daily essentials and I cannot live without them. Once I see that I’m about to run out (or when it’s really finished) I go ahead and restock. Otherwise, I stay put. And so should you.
7. People won’t know what brand you’re wearing:
It’s all on the application ladies. Even if you have the most expensive makeup, but you don’t know how to properly apply those products, then it’s useless! So use what you have and stop spending on unnecessary makeup products that you’ll forget sooner or later.
I believe that having only the products (whether beauty, wardrobe, etc) that you actually need, than having so many can also have an impact on your physical and mental life. Every morning, I’m not worried/I don’t need to think about what lipstick colour I have to use, what kind of foundation I have to apply etc. etc. Everytime I feel tempted, I imagine my very messy cupboard and that itself is enough to stop me from buying another beauty product! HAHA.
How about you, how many times in a month do you shop for makeup? And are you also thinking about controlling the items you purchase?