November 28, 2016
If you are guilty of having more make-up than you could possibly use in a lifetime, you are not alone! You know how it goes – the color looks fun or it looks great on the model but when you get home it isn’t what you expected. So it gets tossed into the pile with the hope that someday you will be able to use it.
Make-up can quickly add up and become overwhelming!
I tackled my make up stash about six months ago and went through each item one by one. By the end, I had a huge pile of items to part with. It felt great to let these items go! Best of all, it freed up lots of space! This initial make-up purge was a good start but more recently I decided it wasn’t enough. So I went for a second pass and this time I was ready to get serious!
To get started, I gathered all of my makeup as I did previously, but this time I also searched other locations besides my bathroom such as purses, car, drawers, and tote bags. I laid it all out on a cleared surface and then sorted items by category, then by similarity. Having an idea of how many you ultimately want to keep will help to narrow down what to keep. My plan was to keep only a few of each category so that I could always find what I needed.
I decided lipstick would be an easy place to start so I eliminated the ones I knew were not my best colors. Then I examined the color itself, the depth of color, the creamyness, and the age. I ended up with just seven that I really love to wear. Not a bad start…
Previously, When I let go of some of my make-up, I found that I had more eye shadows than I could ever possibly use and let go of a full plastic grocery bag full of them! Yes, a full bag! I will admit that I felt a little sick over all of the items only used once or never used. It was an eye opener! So this time, I only had to deal with just a handful of eye shadows. I was very specific about which ones I would keep and made decisions based on the color, the color on me, the age of the product, and how often I chose to wear it. I also went through a stash of eyeliners and lip pencils, chose a few that look good and let the others go. When it comes to mascara, if it’s old, toss it!
With only the best make-up left, I decided to give it a new home. I found this awesome three-tier tray container with a handle at Target for less than $10. I put it together in the order that I do my make-up each morning. The top tray is base make-ups: eye shadow base, primer, foundation, make-up sponges. The second tray is the eyes: shadows, mascara, eye liner, brushes. And the third tray is finishers: powder, bronzer, blush, and brushes. Each tray can be used on its own and fastens back together with clasps. It is an easy, organized system and I always know exactly where my items are!
After doing this exercise, I was left with only the items I actually used and enjoy. As items get low I know when I need to pick up another one. I did have a few items that are not used every day, such as lipsticks and a couple of back up cosmetics. I store these items in a jewelry holder in my bathroom on the back of the door. They are easy to access and I can easily evaluate what I have on hand. If excess make-up is causing you to feel overwhelmed or unorganized – get rid of it! Let me know how it goes!