This is something that most of us have done, constantly opening the makeup bag or drawer and searching for that one eyeliner and lipstick that we reach for. But the things that we are pushing out of the way are items that if we thought about it, we wouldn’t have. Why not? Because we know they don’t look good, they don’t fill us with confidence, so they sit there, getting in the way.
This is something that I’ve done with clients, unsure of what suits them, not confident enough to throw away things that cost £20 or £30. Uncertain if they should buy anything new, unwilling to make a mistake and not clear on what they want the make up to do for them. I’ve done it myself, keeping gorgeous lipsticks and foundations in some vague thought that one day they would suit me. Until I reached a decision to get rid of everything that I didn’t like.
1. Get all makeup out. Search everywhere, every last handbag and drawer, not forgetting the makeup bag.
2. Ask yourself, when do I use make up? Do you go to The Rocky Horror Picture Show? Fancy dress parties? Cross dress? If no, then the extreme makeup can go. Anything too magenta, purple or vampirish, chuck! Most of us fall into the categories of work, social and glamming up for parties and nights out, (but as I do go the Rocky Horror, I keep some very scary make up).
3. Put to one side all the things that you have worn over and over and when you use them, you know you look really good. That perfect lipstick, the lavender pencil, exactly the right thickness mascara. You’ll want to keep these handy.
4. Now, sort through and check the rest, my pet hates are; mascaras that are dried up, black pencils that barely work, and lipsticks that feel too dry (I prefer gooey ones but that’s just me), eye shadows that give me the appearance of a bad hangover. The things that don’t function, chuck them out now. BUT, be bold, if you aren’t sure have a go at trying it out. Sometimes something that looks unlikely, can actually work when its on you!
5. So now you have (probably) 3 piles. A small pile of tried and tested, a pile to throw away, and some that you’re not sure of. Run through the not sure things, just pop them on, if your teeth look yellow, or the foundation is just the wrong colour, just give yourself a break and let it go. Make a gift on anything that’s new or barely used or if that’s not possible, throw away.
6. Some things you still might not be certain of, keep them and experiment with them in the next few weeks.
7. Throw your makeup bag in the wash.
8. Wipe everything you’re keeping with a clean, damp cloth and sharpen the pencils.
9. Put it all in the bag and admire how clean it looks, enjoy the fact that that is a little bag that does its job.
10. Be bold and enjoy using what you’ve kept.
As William Morris almost said, “Have nothing in your makeup bag that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful”