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5 Effective Tips on Maintaining a Minimalist Makeup Collection

You'll be surprised how easy it is to quit your hoarding habits!

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Photography: Diana Kadreva and Oli Dale on Unsplash (Main Photos)

There's no denying that collecting make up is fun. Take it from someone who invests in proper skincare, trying out products and checking out new releases can instantly become a hobby. However, it's easy to go overboard as beauty products come in small and pretty packages—the next thing you know, your vanity is overflowing with makeup you don't even use. To help you maintain a minimalist and streamlined collection, here are tips I learned that might be useful as you edit your own collection:

1. Unfollow IG makeup accounts and unsubscribe to promotions via email.


This might seem a little drastic, but it helped change my shopping habits a lot. When I didn't see the SALE alerts or new product releases, it didn't make me want to buy them. I still check these pages from time to time for inspiration, which you can also do—just make sure you don't add anything to your cart!

2. Declutter at least once a month.

Again, this might seem a little too extreme—but going through your collection at least once a month to see which items you don't use or how much you've accumulated in a few weeks is a great wake-up call to your hoarding habits. Personally, I try to get rid of one or two items every time I declutter my collection.


3. Keep a small organizer for your makeup.

Having the extra space made me think I had room for more products. To force me to use less products, I got rid of my drawer system and switched to a smaller kit. I also try and make sure it never gets full. Allot room for items that work for you.

4. Invest in multitasking products.

Having products that do more than one thing can change the amount of your collection entirely. If you don't like using multisticks or lip & cheek tints, you can think of using lipstick as your eyeshadow, or eyeshadow as blush—feel free to get creative!

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5. Don't be afraid to treat yourself.

Every now and then, I still like to treat myself to a brand new makeup item (I can't help it! I love makeup!), but I make sure it's a replacement for something that has already run out or something that doesn't work for me.

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