Category: declutter

Haven’t you done this so may times?  Opening the makeup bag or drawer and searching for that one eyeliner and lipstick that we’re used to using. But the things that we are pushing out of the way are items that, if we thought about it, we wouldn’t keep. 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.

Sometimes you need to clean it all out. 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 and expensive lipsticks and foundations in hope that one day they might suit me. Until I reached a decision to get rid of everything that I didn’t like. as we acquire new make-up all the time we also need to return to this sometimes, and now that everyone is loving Marie Kondo here are my tips for clearing out the make-up box.

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 wild, bold and 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 with it. try 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 of 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 or wipe it out if its fragile.

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”

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An organised make-up bag

How nice it is to be organised.

I can’t tell you how utterly annoying it is to reach for something and find YET AGAIN that the thingummy you’ve picked up is the broken one or the wrong one that you never ever use. It’s such a complete and utter waste of time, when all you’re trying to do is get out of the door.

When that comes to make-up in the morning it’s incredibly maddening.

A minimal and organised make up bag should be a well ordered piece of kit and designed to have only your favourite essentials for getting you through the day. Don’t cart around half of Boots unless you really have to.

A few suggestions for the daily kit;

Mini Perfume

Brush or little comb

A lipstick/gloss or a small tin of petroleum jelly

Eye pencil, maybe 2 in different colours


Concealer or light reflecting concealer


Mini pack of wet wipes

If you use an eye pencil then you must add a decent eye pencil sharpener. Standard pencil sharpeners don’t work! they will ruin your lovely eye pencil

I always add painkillers a BB Cream and a liquid or gel eyeliner.

So from today, make a promise to yourself that the next time you pick out the wrong eyeliner /lipstick / mascara, you will take it out of your make up bag and either put it away or put the blessed thing in the bin and have done with it.

What are your absolute make up essentials?