Building A Makeup Collection

Building A Makeup Collection

Building a makeup collection to be proud of takes years. I dread to think about the amount of money I have spent over the last 10 years just on makeup, but hey it’s got me where I am today! I think you’d all be surprised to know I have a fairly small makeup collection now after a few big clear outs over the year. I went through a real ‘minimal’ phase and decided to use everything up before buying anything new. It’s worked wonders as I’m super happy with everything I own.

Start with the basics. At one point I had a whole drawer of brightly coloured lipsticks and not one concealer. Building a makeup collection for me was about starting with the basics and then adding in the more statement products. A lovely foundation, a high coverage concealer and a nude lipstick are items I use everyday. A few varieties of these will go a long way in terms of building a makeup collection. Once you have this mastered it’s time to add in that beautiful Charlotte Tilbury Lipstick you’ve had your eye on for months.

Find what suits you. There’s no point hoarding a whole rainbow of shades that never see the light of day. I only ever have around 2 shades of foundation at one point as there’s a very slight chance I’m going to catch a tan any time soon! I’ve come to realise that really pale lip shades don’t do me any favours and matte foundations just highlight those unwanted dry areas. So they don’t belong in my collection. Instead I now have a whole range of products that compliment my skin type, eye colour and lips meaning I don’t have to rummage through drawers of unused products whilst getting ready.

A mixture of high end & high street. I love a good high end purchase but I equally love finding a little high street gem. My makeup collection is about 60% high end (most of this is probably Nars!) and 40% of high street. The products I go through quickly tend to be more affordable such as mascaras, concealers and eyebrow pencils whereas products that last forever are more luxurious like lipsticks and eyeshadow palettes.

Value for money. One thing I always consider when buying a slightly more expensive product is the value per wear. For example, the Nars Copacabana Highlighter isn’t exactly the cheapest liquid highlighter but the amount of times I will use it plus the time I’ll have it for makes it less than a penny per wear! In the long term it would actually be more like an investment, or so I like to tell myself!

What are your tips for building a makeup collection?

Daisy x

  • For my makeup collection I have just made sure that I really look into every product that I buy before I spend my money!

    Danielle xx

  • Sinéad Danielle ✿

    Such a good point about starting with the basics first! I kind of regret buying high end ‘party makeup’ (i.e. super glittery shadows, bold lipstick), I’d much rather invest in high end basics that I can use everyday and go high-street on the one offs. Also, so true on sticking with what suits you, by all means experiment but I think as a blogger it can be tempting to just go with trends – just do you and don’t feel like you have to buy something because every other blogger’s reviewing it!

    Sinéad ♥ fabuleuse, toujours ♥

  • Value for Money is definitely high on my list! I do like looking at the weight of some products because the discrepencies between them can be huge sometimes!

    Abigail Alice x

  • I really agree with building base first, the rest comes together after that like blushes and lips. I can see why you’d love Nars, it’s such a lovely brand.

    Selene Addicted

  • I wish I had started by purchasing “good” makeup instead of just wanting to have a million of everything. I always give this tip to my friends: Quality over quantity. I’ve thrown away so many things that I never used. X

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  • These are some really helpful tips, thank you for sharing! I definitely think its a bit ridiculous having so much makeup all at once because it is impossible to use it all, all of the time 🙂 xx

    Yasmina | The July Journal

  • I wish I had this guide when I first started buying makeup years ago haha. I definitely believe in having a mixture because I find a lot of great drugstore products as well.

    Perfect Shade of Mauve

  • Such good points – I’ve built my makeup collection a lot over the past two years I’d say and I’m actually proud of where its at, although I’d still love more haha!

    Lucy | Forever September