Having a small makeup collection is an amazing feeling. When I sit down at my battle station, I am excited to apply my makeup. I never have to waste time searching. I don’t debate on using a product I hate, just to use it up, over a product I enjoy. Basically, decluttering my makeup has been the best thing beauty decision I've made. I’m guessing you are reading this because you want to feel like this. Let’s take this on in two parts, a pep talk and a push to get you going.
Remind yourself that you don’t have to get rid of anything you love. For some reason, the idea of a declutter makes some think that they will have to give up the things they enjoy. Not the case. You can go ahead and ignore expiration dates (ew), let lipsticks you never wear collect dust, and let nail polish settle on the shelf. If you love it, if it brings joy to your life, you don’t have to part with it.
If you are afraid you might accidentally give up something you love, put together makeup bags- for work, school, date night,, whatever- and set those aside.
Also, don’t worry if you can only part with one item today. Tomorrow you might be able to get a whole bag full of products. Decluttering is best done in waves anyways and always remember that some progress is still progress.
Alright, with the pep talk over lets get into the push.
- Makeup is a consumable not a collectible. These aren't stamps, they don’t get better with age, your grand kids will never want to inherit your lipstick. Use it or lose it.
- Your storage should define what you keep, not the other way around. You don’t need to go out and buy that nine drawer Ikea storage system, you need to let go of your old mascara.
- If it’s not cruelty free, it can go. Sure, I have some non cruelty free items that I am still working on using up, because I’m not Moneybags McGee, but if you have a drawer full of eye shadow why keep one that's hurt kittens? Kittens, man! Think of the kittens!
- Check expiration dates. I feel like I always hear arguments against expiration dates. It’s not that old. It still smells fine. I’m really sanitary with my products. Fine. Enjoy your pink eye. I bet the zombie apocalypse will start with a rank lip gloss.
- Part with the items that break you out. I feel like this goes without saying, but if your skin is freaking out when you apply a thing- stop using that thing! No, you can’t save that for a special occasion. It breaks you out!
- No one needs dupes. A dupe is meant to act as a substitute for a product that is no longer made or to expensive for your budget. It is not meant to sit in a drawer next to the product it’s a replacement for. Pick your favorite and pass along the dupes.
Now, go forth and conquer your clutter.