I feel like I have a nice little (ha!) collection of products going, however I still have to make an effort to ensure I'm getting the use out of all my products. Today I'm going to share my system and a few top tips for creating your own makeup rotation.
First things first! Before you create your rotation, you need to think about how you're going to separate your everyday products from everything else. Having a nice, ordered storage system will help you to see what you have to choose from, as well as ensuring your everyday makeup is separated so you can quickly and easily grab for it in the morning.
I personally like to use the Muji 2 Drawer Wide Acrylic Box for mine, because it stores the perfect amount of makeup for a week and I can easily see what's in there. If all of the products I want to put in there for my weekly rotation don't fit, then I know I'm trying to cram in too much!
Getting the Mix Right
The general outline I follow for my weekly makeup is:
- 2 Primers (one for my face and one for my eyes)
- 1 Light Base
- 1 Medium or Full Coverage Base
- 1 Corrector
- 1 Concealer (or two...)
- 1 Setting Powder
- 1 Highlighter
- 1-2 Blushers
- 1 Bronzer or Contour Product
- 1 Single Eyeshadow (usually cream)
- 1 Eyeshadow Palette
- 3 Eyeliners (one liquid, one black pencil and one coloured pencil)
- 1 Mascara
- 3 Lip Products (with one being a hydrating formula, one matte and one in the middle)
I try to keep a blend of new products I'm testing, everyday essentials and old forgotten favourites. If I'm having a clear-out then I'll also throw in some 'last chance saloon' products that I'm considering giving away or binning but want to give one last throw of the dice to make my decision. You can also mix things up by having one cream product and one powder product for your blushers (I try to tie in the colours themselves with the lip shades I've selected).
Why it's a Good Idea
I find this system makes it clear what I have and swapping things around weekly means I go to the effort of scouting through my entire collection on a Sunday evening to find something 'new' to try. When you have a makeup collection as opposed to just a makeup bag, it can be time-consuming to rifle through everything on a daily basis. This system also makes me switch things up and try something new instead of only ever gravitating towards my tried and tested favourites.
How do you make sure you use all the beauty products you own?