Creating A Capsule Makeup Collection
I’ve always loved the ‘capsule’ concept for clothes and accessories. Just the idea of having my wardrobe down to such a streamlined art, where I’m no longer drowning in stuff but at the same time…almost magically having a stylish outfit for every occasion…let’s just say it’s still a work in progress.
And while I’m still edging my way towards the capsule wardrobe, lately my focus has been on creating a capsule makeup collection. Because you see, I have similar problem with makeup – and maybe you do too – where I have a sizeable stash…most of which sits languishing in the drawer. Lots of mistakes have been made. Lipsticks that look garish on my face, but cost me a lot of money, foundations that look orange on me, and silly looking eyeshadow palettes that suited me more at 16…but haven’t yet found their way to the bin.
I also have a confession to make. For some girls it’s shoes, for others it’s bags. Me? I’m a bit of a reformed makeup junkie. A few years back, before I truly discovered the concept of beauty through nutrition, I was what you might call an addict! I had so many products I didn’t know what to do with them, and I certainly never finished up anything!
Now, I still love makeup, but I’m inspired to turn my old swamp of products into a carefully curated team of natural and (where possible) organic products that I love using day-to-day. So here’s a rundown of how I’ve detoxed my makeup collection, what my *dream* capsule collection looks like and where I’m at now.
If you have any tips or you’re doing the same yourself, please let me know in the comments!
Leftover from my makeup addict days was a HUGE stash filling up a number of drawers, that honestly overwhelmed me. More recently, I took out the few products I enjoy using day-to-day for the bathroom cupboard and socked the rest away in my spare room to get forgotten! It’s a shame I don’t have a “before” picture of this forgotten stash, because it was pretty ridiculous. What was I thinking buying this much makeup? I only have one face!
Keeping a bunch of products around just to take up space wasn’t really a solution, so I figured a makeup detox was well overdue! With some help from the KonMarie method (highly recommend!), last week I discarded around 80% of my makeup and beauty products. That being said, a lot of my products were just plain old, but there was a tonne of things that got the bin because I didn’t love them. And experience tells me that what I don’t love, I won’t use.
After the big toss, I feel lighter already. Did the crazy stash teach me anything? Well I have some fun observations. For one, it seemed that I was always looking for the ‘just perfect‘ shade of pink lipstick. I must have had at least ten products around the same shade. Some of these lipsticks I’d barely used more than a handful of times! It reminds me of when your wardrobe is bursting, but you have nothing to wear. With no plan, I think I was endlessly shopping and amassing bits that just appealed to me at the time or were popular online. No wonder nothing really went together!
The Dream Collection
Detox complete, I’ve been thinking about what my little dream collection would look like. As a makeup lover, it would need to be enough that I could mix and match to create almost any look, but still effortlessly fit into my bathroom mirror cupboard.
I’m not sure if this list will look like a tonne of makeup to some of you reading. But for me this is as lean as I can currently imagine, while still feeling like “me”. But I am a girl who loves to wear makeup, so keep that in mind!
- 2 x Foundation – one lighter, one slightly darker (mix shades for when my skin tone is in between)
- 1 x Concealer
- Tinted moisturiser with SPF
- 1 x Black mascara
- 8 x Lipstick – I love lipsticks! I couldn’t get this number any lower than 8…I figure this is enough for a nude, classic mauve, peachy pink, rosy pink, coral, deep mulberry, raspberry, and of course a good red!
- 4 x Lip liner – nude, medium pink, berry and red
- 2 x Gloss – peachy pink and cool toned pink
- 3 x Blush – peachy pink, neutral pink and cool toned pink
- 1 x Bronzer – preferably matte (also good for contour)
- 1 x Highlighter
- 1 x Brow pencil / tinted gel
- 2 x Pencil eyeliner – brown and black
- 1 x Gel / liquid eyeliner in black
- 2 x Eyeshadow palette – perhaps one for every day (neutrals, matte and shimmer) and one with some more colour.
Ideally, this would be the entirety of my collection. Once something runs out, I just replace it. Of course, I’d have to stop buying the same shade of lipstick over and over, and find a good eyeliner and stick with it until I use it up!
The Current Situation
Admittedly, what remains after my cosmetics detox is still somewhat larger than my ideal capsule collection. But despite the number of products, there are still quite a few gaps (not in relation to pink lipstick), and of course I’d like to replace a lot of things with natural alternatives.
Since I’m pretty fussy about what ingredients I put on my skin nowadays, the tricky bit will be finding natural products that I love to fill each category. Because while I do already use quite a few natural and organic products, I’m still in that awkward stage where I haven’t fully converted yet. For some products, I just haven’t found “the one” from a natural brand (foundation, I’m talking about you!).
And – I’m just going to say it – it can be a struggle to find natural products that perform to the level of mainstream products that use synthetic and potentially toxic ingredients. I think it’s just going to take a bit of trial and error. Thankfully, I’m finding more options online that ship within Australia. I’m already testing the waters with some lovely bits from Bite Beauty, W3LL People and RMS Beauty:
So, for now the strategy is to use up what I have, and gradually replace my capsule makeup essentials with natural products.
Will I ever get to the dream capsule collection? I hope so, but at this stage I still have a small box of extra bits that I need to use up. Once they’re out of the way, it’ll be a case of staying on top of what I have, and for heaven’s sake not buying yet another dusty pink lipstick!
Wish me luck! And if you have any natural product recommendations, please let me know!