Makeup Files

It all started with this lip color.

makeup files faceNyx Liquid Suede cream lipstick in Cherry Skies. Not for every day.

It’s a long and boring story, but the point is that I pulled all my makeup out from under the sink and realized that it’s not very much makeup at all.

I have a minimalist skincare and makeup routine. That’s not by design—I didn’t set out to downsize my gear or the steps I take in the service of some noble calling like inner peace or streamlining my getting-ready time. I just do what I think is needed, and that’s it. Over the years I have tried on different skincare lines which I liked, but didn’t take. I really did love the products if I blogged about them here (I don’t write about products I wouldn’t recommend) but once they ran out, I just went back to my good old Cetaphil skin cleanser and whatever-I-have-hanging-around moisturizer. Right now it’s First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream (thanks to Romy Raves) which I use daily because my skin is so dry. Every few days I put coconut oil on my face first. Oh, who am I kidding? I do that every few months when I remember to. But it’s nice.

Here’s the sum total of the makeup I own:

makeup files collection

Here’s the makeup I actually use sometimes:

And here’s what I wear every day:

makeup files dailyCarmex
Elf Conditioning Lip Balm in Bombshell Brown
Too Faced Born this Way Concealer

I could probably get away with only owning those last three things, but I like wearing eyeliner, mascara, and lipstick sometimes. I hate wearing foundation, but for those events when I want to even out my skin tone for photos, or to feel extra confident in a meeting or presentation, I’ll use BB cream. Do other people still use BB cream? I use it so rarely that the tube I got in 2012 is the same one pictured above.

I keep the frequently used collection in a small basket right on my vanity for easy reach, and the rest in a small container under my sink. I whip out rarely-used lip colors, or eyeshadow and blush, once in a great while. It makes for easy storage and access, and I don’t have to rummage to find the right item when I’m hurrying to get ready to leave the house.

What’s in YOUR makeup basket?

 

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