Streamlining Your Makeup Collection

Saturday, 27 July 2019

Personally, my choice in makeup products to use on the daily and for an extra glam night out look, change completely depending on what look I am going for, or purely what I am feeling in that moment in time before putting makeup on my face. I do tend to gravitate to the same products the majority of the time, meaning that I am not usually, trying out new products, or incorporating them into my routine. And I'm ok with that. When I first started getting into makeup, I couldn't wait to have a makeup collection like the ones you see the YouTube beauty gurus videoing. But truth be told, I'm quite happy with the small collection that I do have. Things get loved and used, regularly. I don't feel like it's going to get out of hand, and I definitely don't feel like I need to do a HUGE clear out any time soon. Here are some of my tips for you, if like me, you like to keep a small, but enjoyed, makeup collection.

Do You REALLY Use It?
So many product launches excite me, so many products have packaging that looks so enticing, or I get lost in the 'hype' of a new product, that sometimes that can sway your decision on purchasing new products. If it is something that I don't see myself getting the use out of, something that is going to collect dust on my dresser, or just sit pretty in my drawers, I think it's a product that I can live without.

Look For Items That Are Multiuse
I love me some items that can be used for many things. For example, highlighters - can be used as eyeshadows, amazing. They can be used as blusher, amazing. They can also be used as, highlighters.. Amazing! Not only does this keep your collection to a minimum, but also can save so much space in a makeup bag if you're travelling or popping some products into your handbag for a night out.

Don't I Already Have That Shade?
I am forever going to the Mac counter, gravitating towards the lipsticks, picking one up, swatching it and then realising I liked it so much because it is one that I already have.. Surely it can't just be me? Brands will always have very similar colours for any kind of makeup item, and I can definitely a sucker for picking the same colours, especially in lipsticks. If there is a shade that I'm thinking of purchasing, I'll always compare it to shades I already own. Is it going to be a stand alone shade in my collection? If the answer is no, then it is a no to the purchase.

What do you do to keep your makeup collection to a minimum?
Amber X


  1. I love how you've organised your makeup! I'm so bad at buying makeup and then having nowhere to put it, but I now stop myself from buying it if I've already got the same shade!

    1. Thank you lovely! I feel the same - I'm always drawn to the same shades, and I already have more of those than I need haha!

  2. I need to streamline my collection it’s out of hand xx

    1. I felt so good after sorting through mine! xx

  3. Love these tips! I used to always buy new makeup and really enjoyed building my collection. But now a couple of years on I've definitely just stuck to the same products with only buying new ones when I'm all out or every so often treating myself to something new. A more streamline collection is definitely for me x

    Lauren |

  4. Great post! I had a big clear out myself earlier this year and some of the things I was hoarding were ridiculous!

    Thanks for sharing :)

    Rachel | Teacups & Tartan


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