As I creator I sometimes (and only sometimes) feel the desire to have a variety of makeup options in order to spice up my look on occasional photographic projects. But as an ordinary woman…I really don’t. My lifestyle allows me to never wear makeup unless I’m having a shift, a girls night out or creating content. To be honest I have never been much of a makeup girl. I had been oblivious to all of its nuances until I discovered the YouTube Makeup world – ‘Damn! There are products out there to make me look hella good and there’s makeup out there waiting to be purchased!’.
Blessed the fact that I always had my older sister’s makeup at my dispose for experiments and, perhaps from always prioritizing clothes and shoes over makeup, I never grew an extensive collection of products. The ‘minimalist me’ is happy with that. I did indeed grow a mild collection of lipsticks, just because they can make a big impact on any look and it’s always fun to rock a new lip color. But guess who, in any and every opportunity and despite the occasion, gravitates towards the same boring nude color? Exactly. At this point I made a promise that goes on the lines of “no new lipsticks Yara!”.
So on a saver’s note, how to buy less make up?
Here are 5 steps:
1. Be honest with yourself about your lifestyle and how often do you feel like switching up your look – if ever. Many of us are creatures of habit and although we may buy new products we tend to gravitate towards the same ones.
2. Acknowledge that most makeup has a 24 months validity and wearing expired makeup does zero good for the skin. I must confess that some of my lipsticks are now 3/4 years old…but they were expensive and I won’t get rid of none kkkk I’m willing to risk the health of my lips but that’s just me.
3. Share makeup with your close friends. In my case I share it with my sister. It’s the same drill as sharing your closet, it suddenly maximizes the options and minimizes expenses. Everybody is happy.
4. Get the feel of products from testers and base your purchase decision on it. Lipstick testers are the ones that stress me out since I find it unhygienic so what I usually do is dab the color from the sides of the lipstick on my finger and apply it to a small corner of my lips just to see how it goes against my skin. Hassle I know, but helpful. When it comes to all the other products it’s easier to make good use of testers. Certain makeup counters will give you a free’ full face’ as a form of marketing so don’t avoid those if you get curious about a certain brand and the quality of what it offers.
5. Don’t be affraid of missing out because at the end of the day if you won’t make use of it why spend on it? Easier said than done though. We all see, the buzz of a new product, palette or highlighter heavily promoted on Youtube and Instagram. I have never felt so tempted to buy makeup as much as I do when I’m on Instagram and I see the latest brand releases with the most beautiful packages and swatches. Who can relate? I have even added carts and never checked out hah! Bless. Because I definitely didn’t need it.
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