Minimalist makeup collection: How and why to ‘go minimalist’
Minimalist makeup collection: Why I’m a ‘beauty minimalist’
- 1 Minimalist makeup collection: Why I’m a ‘beauty minimalist’
- 2 4 reasons to have a minimalist makeup collection
- 3 What’s in my minimalist make up collection?
- 4 “Travel” minimalist makeup collection
- 5 “Everyday” minimalist makeup collection
- 6 “Glam” minimalist makeup collection
- 7 Step-by-step: How to create a minimalist makeup collection
- 8 Minimalist makeup collection: Ethical & vegan makeup online
- 9 Concealer
- 10 Mascara:
- 11 Lip colour
- 12 Highlighter
- 13 Eyeshadow
- 14 Make up brushes
Hello! As a minimalist Mum of three girls living in Bali, I’ve scaled down my minimalist makeup collection and routine. I have 12 items of clothing and 2 pairs of shoes, as well as 3 items of makeup I use for my ‘everyday’ makeup routine. Check out my YouTube video of my minimalist makeup collection and routine here:
In the UK I was still fairly minimal when it came to makeup; I didn’t generally subscribe to the multi-layered trends of priming, covering, contouring, highlighting, strobing, cut-creasing and whatever else the cosmetics industry is telling people to do to their faces nowadays (although I do find it fascinating and hats off to whoever nails this stuff!)
I didn’t wear makeup in the UK if we were staying in, and most days if we were meeting friends or hanging out in a park or at a meet-up I’d just wear mascara.
Around once a week or two weeks I’d do a ‘full face’- foundation, mascara, eyeliner, powder and blush. I toyed with the idea of contouring a couple of times and quickly found that it wasn’t for me; I simply didn’t want to spend the time on it and my attempts ended up in a war-paint style stripe look instead of the delicately shaded cheekbones I had imagined.
4 reasons to have a minimalist makeup collection
- Time. Time is the most valuable resource we have; we cannot make more of it and we exchange everything we do in return for our precious time. Doing full makeup every day- especially with the current trends of heavy layers- takes our time. Definitely my #1 reason to go for minimalist makeup!
2. Money. Think of all the money you could save if you scaled down your makeup collection- either saving for more fun things (find out how we live on £1000 a month as a family of 6) or better quality makeup- which leads me to my next point…
3. Your skin! No matter how high quality your makeup is, coating your skin in layers of it isn’t going to help achieve optimum skin health long-term. Having a minimalist makeup collection means I give my skin plenty of breathing space, leading to fewer breakouts and less need for makeup. Win-win!
4. Your mental health. It can be tempting to fix self-esteem issues by plastering on cosmetics. By going minimalist, you use less short-term fixes and you’re freed up to focus on the things that really matter, including your self-esteem, positive diet and lifestyle changes and physical and mental health.
Being minimal doesn’t mean needlessly ‘having no stuff’; it’s about buying what you need and no more. For me this means four make-up items in total; for others this might be more but instead of having three mascaras, four blushes, several eyeshadow palettes and countless eyeliners, a minimalist makeup collection will consist of just what you really need.
What’s in my minimalist make up collection?
When we decided to travel full time, my minimalist makeup collection got scaled down even more to one mascara, one dark brown powder (for brows/eyeliner), one lip moisturiser and one concealer. I brought blush and powder with me but I haven’t used them once. The sun, plenty of time outside in the fresh air and nutritious, wholesome vegan food means that my skin generally doesn’t need extra layers.
So, what’s in my ideal minimalist makeup collection for every situation?
“Travel” minimalist makeup collection
Most people like to have a break from wearing a full face of makeup while on holiday. The sunshine, relaxation and good food give us a glow that can’t be matched with products. It’s a great time to let your skin breathe and take a break from foundation and powders. That said, I don’t know about you but sometimes I just like putting on a bit of makeup to go out in the evening on holiday. As a full time traveller I have found my ideal number of products and would suggest bringing the following:
- 1 lightweight concealer
- 1 mascara
- 1 dark powder for eyeliner and brows
- 1 tinted lip moisturiser
“Everyday” minimalist makeup collection
This is what I’d probably wear if I was going into an office or for a meeting back in the UK, or out for lunch with friends:
- 1 concealer
- 1 foundation
- 1 powder
- 1 blush
- 1 mascara
- 1 pencil eyeliner
- 1 liquid eyeliner
“Glam” minimalist makeup collection
I find it hard to think of so many items here as ‘minimalist’, but I think the key here is shopping smart to buy the items you need and no more. Your makeup bag will thank you; no more spilt powders and eyeliners crushed and coating your other cosmetics. If I ever went on a night out (oh, the distant memories) this is what would probably be in the kit:
- 1 primer
- 1 concealer
- 1 foundation
- 1 powder
- 1 blush
- 1 contour & highlighter kit
- 1 mascara
- 1 eyeshadow palette
Step-by-step: How to create a minimalist makeup collection
If you want to de-clutter and start to live more minimally, start by taking these steps:
- Lay out all your makeup and put to one side any items that you haven’t used for a while or you don’t really love, and put these in a drawer away from your usual makeup. In six weeks, get rid of any items that you haven’t used.
- Try to cut down on recreational shopping; browsing the aisles is always tempting so try to avoid shopping ‘for fun’.
- If you see a new product you want to buy, wait a few days before making the purchase and ask yourself if you really need it and would use it often, or if it would just add to the clutter.
- To make the process more enjoyable, add up how much you’d usually spend on makeup and put it in a glass jar. This is good visual motivation and after a while you can either treat yourself to a premium makeup product (instead of the several cheaper ones you would have bought) or something else altogether. You could even decide to donate a portion to charity such as Look Good Feel Better (giving cancer survivors confidence-boosting makeovers) for an extra goal!
Minimalist makeup collection: Ethical & vegan makeup online
When re-thinking how we shop and how to live a minimalist lifestyle, it is also the perfect time to think about the ethics behind the products that we buy. Purchasing ethical, cruelty-free makeup means that we can really vote for a better world with our wallets. If something is cruelly made, it doesn’t matter how good it might look- it’s just not truly beautiful. Check out these vegan makeup items available online to give your minimalist makeup collection an ethical head-start:
Make up brushes
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