I always used to feel intimidated by makeup. So many colours, so many choices – how on earth was anyone meant to know what to buy?
Fortunately with a bit of trial and error, I’ve managed to wade my way through the endless choice and work out what I like.
Once upon a time my drawers were filled with cheap odds and ends – random colours and things that I didn’t use, but recently I cleared everything out and examined what I wore on a regular basis, which colours suited me and ditched the rest.
Working out what colours suit you is the first hurdle. I have a cool-toned skin, meaning I have blueish purplish veins on the underside of my hand and need to go for colours with a blue base (nothing which appears to be warm in tone). For those with green or olive veins, the opposite is true – warm colours will suit you best. This really does make such a difference – I cannot emphasise enough how much better people look when they are wearing the right tones for them.
Having established what I needed, I am now trying to use up anything I already own before investing in new products. I bought some plastic see-through drawers to arrange all my belongings in – so I can see everything easily which is great.
Similar to the post I made about investing in good clothing – less is more when it comes to makeup. It’s far better to buy an expensive foundation that matches your skin tone, than one you’re not sure about and then end up buying two more because you’re not happy with the colour. If you buy fewer and better, you will feel much more excited to use the products you own. After all, people tend to use the same things on a daily basis and leave the sparkly glitter eye or deep red lip languishing abandoned in the bottom of the makeup bag.
I recently found the second-hand app Depop and realised that plenty of people sell new or slightly used designer makeup at a fraction of the cost. If you know what colour you want – you can search for it there and buy it at a much-reduced rate (you can even haggle with sellers). Sometimes bloggers even sell makeup they are sent by PRs if they don’t like the colour. Now, if I want something, I will go to the shop and test it, then see if it is on Depop – a perfect way to save money. Aside from that, I will look out for my favourite products when the sales come round. If I see something I already use, I’ll buy it and put it away for when I run out – that includes cleansers, moisturisers or shampoo and conditioner.
After buying a set of plastic drawers (as above) from Muji, my dressing table is completely clear, looks organised and makes me feel much more sane than when it was scattered with random products. I would heartily recommend investing in them. You can find them here.
I’ve seen videos of a few vloggers online talking about the makeup ‘hauls’ and recent favourites. Whilst I enjoy watching these videos, I think nothing would stress me out more than owning so much stuff! Where do they put it all?! Personally, I feel far better when I don’t have to store excess and I know and value exactly what I own. It’s also a great way to save money.
- Know what colours suit you.
- Ditch unused products.
- ORGANISE what you have – put different categories together – all eye products, lipsticks, blushers etc in different places (plastic drawers are brilliant for this).
- Buy fewer and better products – if you’re unsure what colour to buy (of foundation for instance) ask several people from the same makeup brand their opinion.
- Try to use up what you have before buying anything new.
- Try to buy: one good mascara, one good eyeshadow, two good lipsticks, an eyeliner, a foundation and perhaps concealer, one blusher and maybe an eyebrow pencil, highlighter or bronzer. That should be all you need. Say hello to a clutter-free life.
- Look out for your favourite products in the sales or on Depop to save money.