Let’s go back in time to my young teenage years. I noticed other girls were starting to get into makeup and I thought to myself “Hey I want to do this too!”
So I did what every teen in 2010 was doing… I hit up YouTube.
I cannot even explain how impressed I was at how knowledgeable these girls were.
Or so I thought.
After watching tutorials for days I finally felt confident enough to start doing makeup on myself. I went up to my bathroom did my whole skin care routine, put my hair up in a bun, gave myself a pep talk and was ready to go.
Except I forgot one thing; all of the tutorials I watched required at least 5 products just on the eyes! I had no primers, liners, shadows, nothing.
I only owned lip gloss and concealer. Oops.
I wish I could have told you I went to the mall and went the minimalist route but it was the exact opposite. I pretty much bought everything from the videos I saw.
I don’t want you to make the same mistake I did, so here I am to teach you the absolute minimalist guide to eye makeup.
Tip 1: Less Is More
The meaning and origin of less is more: “the notion that simplicity and clarity lead to good design.” Less is more
This indicates that Ombré eyeliner or rainbow eyeshadow may not be the key to design.
It is using less to get more.
Those tips you have heard in the past such as using tape, applying layer after layer, and always priming…
Throw those out the window.
Well not literally, throwing makeup out the window can be dangerous. Instead, when doing eye makeup, only use the products you actually like.
Tip 2: Multitask
Multitasking in certain situations can make the task harder than it needs to be. Doing 5 things a day is hard enough, but doing them all at the same time…that is a little too much.
Don’t worry, multitasking may not be so productive for people, but oh do makeup products love it. You would be surprised how makeup can transform itself. By mixing certain products correctly the textures and colors can totally change.
Here is one example I use all the time.
Multitasking Eye Shadow
So we look at this product and what do you see?
Yes, this is an eyeshadow but we can make it so much more, here is how.
- Mix eyeshadow with Chap Stick to create a tinted lip balm.
- Apply eye shadow on top of any lip color to lighten or darken the current look.
- Mix eyeshadow with any moisturizer or serum to create a cream blush.
- Mix with your blush to adjust to shade.
These are 4 extremely easy tips you can do at home. The best news is mixing products is not permanent so if you don’t like the result do it differently next time.
Tip 3: Get Rid Of What You Don’t Use
Let’s be real, we all hold onto those products thinking that they may come in handy one day, but chances are they won’t. All this does is clutter up your drawers and make the products you actually do love harder to find.
Trust me, by doing regular makeup purges your space will feel so much cleaner and the products you actually love will be easier to see.
Here are my top five tips on how you can de-clutter your eye products today!
- Throw away mascara you haven’t used in at least a month. Chances are by the time you go to use it again it will already be expired.
- Throw out all mascara older than 3 months.
- Limit yourself to only 1-2 of duplicate eyeliner/eyeshadow.
- Giveaway product samples you know you will never use.
- For those who have recently changed the colour of their hair, get rid of or give away your old eyebrow pencils.
When it comes to eye makeup I personally love going the minimalist route, but that’s just me.
Maybe you prefer to go all out on your eyes and go the minimalist route on your face makeup.