My constant struggle with minimalism is definitely linked to embracing current standards of beauty. How much make-up is too much? How can I use what I have in multiple different ways? How can I buy quality products but still get them at a good price?
While I’ve noted this is definitely a constant struggle for me, here are a few things I have figured out. This will keep you at a minimalist collection (essential for those of us with barely any space), but you’ll still have enough make-up for a variety of looks!
Invest in Healthy Products
- The truth is you put make-up directly onto your skin. Therefore, you really should be concerned about the ingredients in your make-up.
- The chances are, cheaper make-up equals cheaper (and often less healthy) ingredients. But don’t be fooled — the expensive stuff you’re buying can be just as toxic.
- Reconsider your nail polish collection. Sometimes it’s better to pay more to get a longer lasting polish that’s non-toxic, like Scotch Naturals polish.
- Don’t skimp on buying quality to pick up more quantity in terrible make-up. Buy less, and invest! Having 100 poor quality eye shadows is not as beneficial compared to having 10 great quality pots.
- Read labels for ingredients to make sure the make-up you’re buying is safe. Always do research before buying to make sure you are investing in something healthy for your skin.
Look for Palettes
- It’s easier to organize one palette of eye shadows than 20 singles.
- Try look look for palettes that have your essentials — a highlight, base, shadow, black, and then (if possible) one or two colors.
- If you absolutely need color, you can settle for two palettes with one being natural shades and the other being fun colors.
- Tarte sells a wonderful example. Try their Tarte Aqualillies Amazonian Clay Waterproof Eye And Cheek Palette. It has a bit of everything, it’s healthy, it’s quality, and it’s waterproof.
Consider a Portable Collection
- I know some girls who have one collection at home, and another collection for on the go. Yikes! Why not look for a solution that doesn’t require twice the buying?
- Make your collection portable 100% of the time to save yourself from buying too much. Your makeup collection, aside from maybe the palettes if they’re too big, should really fit in a decent to-go bag.
- Invest in the bag, make sure it’s waterproof, and you’ll have peace of mind that your collection is always together and always with you.
- Here’s a great example of a quality, handmade make-up bag: Pink Elephant Makeup Bag on Etsy.
Scout Sales, and Be Careful
- Stock up on coupons or wait until those big days (Black Friday, Boxing Day, etc.) for purchasing expensive but good quality make-up and brushes. Once you’ve established a collection that’s small but quality, you really shouldn’t be purchasing too often after that. Stock up on the big discount days or add items to a public wish list.
- Try Amazon or eBay, which have great deals year round. But be careful! Most of what you see tends to be counterfeit, and why pay so much for a poor quality product? You have no idea what’s in there.
- If you want to try online shopping for these items, do your research and know how to spot fakes before purchasing. Luckily, Amazon and eBay have protection against these situations and can force sellers to refund you if you can prove it’s fake. Selling fake products is illegal, but people do it anyway.
- Never buy second-hand make-up or brushes, even if only used once or twice. You’re risking an infection, as make-up is a breeding ground for even the smallest amount of bacteria.
- If you’re savvy and know what to look for, buying online can save you a ton of money.
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