I live a pretty simple life. Too much stuff, whether it be clothing, toys, or makeup, clutters my home, my mind, and my time.
I used to say yes to almost any hand-me-down. Those gifts of used clothing, furniture, and toys helped us during our toughest financial times. I had a scarcity mindset that there wasn’t enough money for all the stuff I needed.
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But now I’m much more content in the minimalist camp. Just give me a few awesome items that work really well, improve our health, or help us make happy memories.
The same goes with my makeup. I don’t need much and I will invest money in a few good quality products instead of a pile of crappy ones I don’t like.
5 Items in My Minimalist Makeup Collection
After pitching everything that was old or unused, my makeup collection is down to five beauty essentials that I like to call the minimalist makeup collection.
Here’s what’s in it.
1. Tinted Moisturizer or Foundation
Tint Skin from Beauty Counter is a hydrating foundation and after my first use, it instantly became an essential to my makeup collection. If it’s a makeup day, this is the first thing I put on.
A close second favorite in my minimalist makeup bag is Tarte Cosmetics Lights Camera Lashes Natural Mascara. I’ve tried many different mascaras over the years and this is my favorite!
2. Face Powder
Some days I also put on a mineral powder. I have a Physician’s Formula Super BB Powder and I like it. Unlike foundation or mascara, I haven’t found I love or hate powders. This is more widely available at Walmart, Target, and Amazon.
4. Tinted Chapstick
Not sure if chapstick counts as makeup but I’m a fan of Burt’s Bees Natural Lip Balm in Pomegranate. I have one at my desk, in my purse, in the car…you know how that goes. Plus, if you’re ever looking for a cheap stocking stuffer or gift filler, Burt’s Bees lip balm is the way to go.
5. Mineral Blush
The final item in my makeup routine is mineral blush powder. I went out on a limb and ordered Everyday Minerals Cheek. Ok, not really. I read about 50 reviews and put it through the EWG database first. After all that research I’m happy with this buy. I chose a subtle shimmery pink that’s just enough pink cheek for me.
Minimalist Makeup Brushes & Tools
Along with the makeup items listed above, I use a few other tools in my minimal makeup routine. I don’t know the fancy names for them so I won’t even pretend:
So what do you need to wash your face and take this makeup off at night? Here’s what works for me.
Eye Makeup Remover
It took me years to find something that works that isn’t harsh on my skin. But now I’m happy I found Beauty Counter’s Instant Eye Makeup Remover.
Face Makeup Remover
The Cleansing Balm I talked about in my top cleaning products post is what I use to wash all the face makeup off before bed. I love it because my skin feels soft and clean without feeling dry.
Another Makeup Remover to Try
I know others who are into natural beauty products use coconut oil as a makeup remover, but it just doesn’t work for me. If it works for you though, it could definitely help you keep beauty products to a minimum since you may have some in your house anyway.
The Complete Makeup Collection for Minimalists
I hope you enjoyed a sneak peek inside my minimalist makeup bag and routine. I know it can be hard to get rid of those old things you spent money on, but seriously, if you don’t use them or love them, let them go.
What would your top 5 makeup products be?
Live simply. Live fully. Save for the future but love your life today.