Minimalist make-up

2018-02-18 EyeshadowOne thing I’ve minimalized quite a bit is my make-up collection.

See, even that word – ‘collection’!

I had different types of foundation, mascara, lipsticks, blushers ….

I had foundation for winter; I had foundation for summer. I had mascara that lengthened, that volumized, that did both and very frequently, did neither!


But – shocker – I ended up wearing the same handful of products every day.

A bit like my clothes, then!

So, I de-cluttered. Let me draw a veil over whether some of the products were even within their use-by date (‘red face’ – no extra blusher required for that!).

I found also that I had duplicates of some items. Now, these were what I considered to be so important and irreplaceable that if they were ever discontinued, I wouldn’t know what to do. My back-up collection! Oh yes, another collection.

I mean, what was the worst that could happen if I didn’t find the exact same product next time? Well, I could do without or try something different. Neither of those two options sound scary now but I think they were at the time.

I cleared out my make-up and donated a lot of it to my friend’s two little girls, who had a marvellous time playing dress-up. (But I discarded all mascaras, having a horror of potential eye infections and any out-of-date items.) Even the little I kept lasted me a long, long time. That’s the thing with make-up, it does last for ages.

All of this coincided with my changing to cruelty-free products.

2018-02-18 Blusher   2018-02-18 Mascara2018-02-18 Tinted Moisturiser

I reduced to a tiny pile of make-up and replenished any gaps from cruelty-free brands.

It feels so much better now. I don’t tend to wear a lot of make-up, but I do like to wear some. I have a minimal collection and enjoy wearing what I have. It’s also much easier to pack when I go away!

Anyone else experimented with minimalist make-up? Have a great week 😊

  5 comments for “Minimalist make-up

  1. Lisa | Simple Life Experiment
    February 22, 2018 at 9:54 am

    Hi Lorraine! It must be so nice to be dealing with fewer products in your make-up bag and routine. I’m also very minimal on the make-up, and even more so lately. I’m trying to simplify my morning routine as much as possible, and now using only two products (mascara and a little bit of concealer under my eyes) seems to be saving me quite a bit of time and energy. I was never big on it but felt myself becoming a little bit over-reliant on powder and blusher to look ‘fresh’ for work each day. It has been great to test my boundaries and confidence, and become comfortable with going to work with a very natural look. Plus, make-up is so expensive that I’m really not missing the cost!

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    • February 22, 2018 at 9:58 am

      Wow Lisa, only two products – I aspire to be like you – just not quite there yet, on the confidence side! But I’m not convinced people really notice anyway- a bit like clothes!! And you’re so right about not missing the expense!! Lxxx

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      • Lisa | Simple Life Experiment
        February 22, 2018 at 10:04 am

        Absolutely true – I don’t think anyone notices too much, or if they do, it probably barely registers. I’ve had one comment that I look a bit paler than usual, but I’m fairly certain most people wouldn’t even notice after a few weeks (or even days) of seeing me with less make-up. 🙂


  2. February 18, 2018 at 1:25 pm

    I agree, and follow, your minimal approach to make up. I’ve used the same things for years and keep most handy in one small bag for the constant travel I do. Of late Ive added primers to my simple routine and I must say I’ve gotten more compliments since doing so. Skin care and prep pay off as we get older. Funny how the things I use most come in small containers that I replace often, and do keep backups. The things I use less of come in larger containers that last forever. Marketing 101 I guess! Happy Sunday my friend.-Laurel

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    • February 18, 2018 at 3:24 pm

      Hi lovely Laurel, that’s a really good point about primers. I too have started to use them more often, both on my face and eyes, and the make-up lasts longer, needs fewer touch-ups and looks better. I’ve noticed also that I’m gravitating towards the smaller containers, like you!!! We’ll resist the marketing together!! Lxx

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