I know make up can make a significant difference to my self esteem and my confidence but it’s also the thing that goes out the window when I’m not feeling good about myself. If I’m not in a good place mentally, I don’t make the time to properly present myself and as a result I send up feeling invisible and more miserable – a terrible cycle.
My vision of Vixen involves being well presented and making the effort to be the best me I can be at all times. It’s not about covering anything up, but doing what I can to emphasise my best features. To be able to be a vixen every day I need to refine and simplify so putting on make up isn’t a daunting experience.
All last week I consciously made the effort to put on full make up each day and it actually made a massive difference to my confidence. In reality The hardest part of doing make up every day was finding what I needed in my make up collection! Like most women I have far too many products and have of them are expired or don’t even suit me. I decided to do a make up detox – get rid of the clutter and make it easier and more streamlined for me to do a full face of make up each day.
I brought all of my make up out to my dining room table and grouped them into types of make up (the scariest part was that I have only been in Australia 2 years and I did a big cull when I moved, but somehow I already have this much product).
Rule 1 – Get rid of anything past its use by date:
- Powders including blush, bronzers and shadows – 2 years
- Cream shadows and blush – 12-18 months
- Oil free foundation – 12 months
- Liquid foundation – 12 months
- Cream compact foundation – 18 months
- Concealers – 12-18 months
- Lipstick and lip liner – 12 months
- Lip gloss – 18-24 months
- Pencil eyeliner – 24 months
- Liquid or gel eyeliner – 3 months
- Mascara – 3 months
Rule 2 – Any duplicates, choose the best one and get rid of the rest. In my search to find the perfect black liquid eyeliner I had 4 in my collection. Three of them didn’t show as dark black when applied so I tried a different brand – why didn’t I throw them away at the time? I was never going to use them as they didn’t create the look I want!
Rule 3 – Get rid of costume make up or colours that don’t suit you.
Rule 4 – Get rid of products you don’t use! If you haven’t used it in the last month are you going to? If you are unsure leave it out for the next 4 weeks, if you still don’t use it GET RID OF IT.
So what did I end up with:
- 1 Everyday liquid foundation
- 1 Higher coverage special occasion foundation
- 1 Concealer
- 1 Eyeshadow primer
- 3 eyeshadow palettes which cover all basics and smoky eyes (Urban Decay)
- 1 Black liquid eyeliner
- Black, brown and white pencil eyeliner
- 1 Brow pencil
- 1 Black Mascara
- 1 Blush
- Red, light pink and nude lip liner
- Red, light pink and nude lipstick
Now I have my refined range this should help free up time in the morning and allow me to easily do my make up every day.