a little new year’s cleaning: massive makeup declutter

makeup declutter

I’ve been collecting makeup for quite a long time, so it’s no surprise that I’ve amassed quite a selection. Every once in a while, I’ll get rid of a couple of old items, but I’ve never done a proper makeup declutter.

At the beginning of the year, I vowed to get my collection in line and find items that I truly loved and adored. However, that meant getting rid of anything I didn’t. It’s not to say everything I got rid of was a horrible product – some were out of date, some were just not my color. It took me several hours to clear up my collection, but I finally did it. And boy, did it feel good.

A lot of smaller items ended in the trash – foil packet samples, old lip products, and dried up tubes of mascara. Anything that was out of date also ended in the trash – didn’t want to risk any infections! For the things that didn’t end up in the trash went into a bag and I had a couple of friends rummage through the bag. After they ransacked the bag, I only ended up with five or six items left.


If you’re thinking of doing a makeup declutter, here’s a couple of tips that I followed while downsizing my collection:

throw out anything out of date. This is a simple one: you don’t want to keep anything that could potentially cause any infections or skin irritations. Liquid foundations last 24 months – however, even if it’s not due to be thrown out, smell it! If it doesn’t smell right, throw it out! Also, I threw out open tubes of mascara that are past the 3 month mark. My eyes are quite sensitive and I didn’t want to risk it!

if you don’t reach for it now, you probably won’t reach for it later. I had so many eye palettes – however, I only reach for a few on a daily basis. I gave away a lot of palettes that I just didn’t love or reach for because I know I won’t reach for it later. Same thing goes for lip products – I cannot tell you how many times I bought a crazy color (aka bright pink or purple) and said, yep, I’ll wear that one day. Well, one day came and went and I still haven’t used it. I’m more a nude lip type of girl, so those went.

along the same lines, know what you like and stick to it. I’m looking at you, gold metallic lipstick. Honestly, it’s fun to try new stuff, but if you tried it and didn’t love it – it’s time to go. After going through the declutter, I came through the conclusion that I don’t like colored lip balms – if I’m wearing a lip color, I’m wearing an opaque lipcolor. Same goes with lip gloss – I’m just not into it, so any lip glosses were chucked.

finally, don’t feel bad about getting rid of something. I’m not going to sugarcoat this: makeup is expensive. So, naturally, you would feel bad about throwing away expensive items. I definitely felt bad previously getting rid of items. However, if you keep that mindset, you’ll never get rid of anything. How I got over the hurdle was telling myself I was giving the makeup to people who would actually use it. Also, you could also donate used items to women’s shelters, which I may do with some of the items I haven’t been able to get rid of.

After all is said and done, I’m quite happy with my collection. I can find things easier, my desk is neater, and I’m not feeling overwhelmed with trying to get through every product. It’s a great feeling to start off the new year.

Have you decluttered your makeup collection recently? What are your tips?

’til next time, xo!

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