With a collection of just under 200 items, rotating between beauty items on a daily basis is daunting. Moreover, for anyone actively trying to reduce their beauty collection, daily product rotation makes it extremely hard to work through things before they expire.
If you aren’t sure you want to start officially panning products, aggregating a daily makeup basket can help you to work through the products that you use most frequently without the pressure of *needing* to finish a project. Makeup Baskets don’t actually need to be baskets but can refer to any compilation of beauty products that you reach for most frequently. For example, I hold most of my daily items (brows, lips, eyes) in a large mug.
But what if you don’t care about finishing products?
Makeup Baskets help to reduce the time it takes to put on makeup in the morning. No time is wasted searching for products or walking across your bedroom or bathroom trying to find the eyeliner you forgot to grab.
If you want a glimpse into my current basket, please keep scrolling:
As mentioned in a previous post, I am actively trying to use up my beloved ABH Master by Mario Palette. Although I am not trying to finish my Modern Renaissance (pictured right), I do want to get more use out of this palette.
Outside of my two concealers, I want to finish every eye product shown above. From left to right: CoverFX Brightening Concealer in 120N, Make Up For Ever Full Coverage Extreme Camouflage Cream in 4.0, Urban Decay Primer Potion in Minor Sin, Maybelline Great Lash in Clear, Benefit Goof Proof Eyebrow Pencil in 4.0, L’Oreal Lash Paradise, Dior Diorshow Iconic Overcurl mini mascara, Kat Von D Tattoo Liner mini in Trooper.
To note, shortly after taking these photos I decluttered my CoverFX concealer because the product was so old that it no longer blended well. This concealer used to be a Holy Grail, but as the formula aged, I broke out wherever I applied it on my face. After I finish my other concealers I would consider repurchasing, but this will likely take me a year or two.
If I don’t finish my CoverFX Illuminating primer or Garnier SkinActive Clearly Brighter Anti-Dark Circle Eye Roller by the end of 2018 I will likely declutter them because I’ve had these products for close to two years. Finishing the primer should be doable, but the eye roller is tricky since the packaging is opaque, so I can’t see my progress.
The latter picture is my RMS Beauty Living Luminizer, which is one of my favorite highlighters of all time. I don’t want to finish my Living Luminizer this year, but I do want to see a noticeable dip in the jar. (If it isn’t apparent in the picture, I already have a small dip in the pan from frequent use.)
Over time, I’ve learned that I enjoy cream and liquid highlighters more than power highlighters because liquids and creams are more apt to provide a natural, glossy finish as opposed to the heavily metallic highlighters most often seen on Instagram.
In a matte world, I’m a gloss girl. I love lip glosses and I’m excited to be so close to the end of my Buxom Lip Polish in Dolly. I would definitely repurchase this product – except I already have this in a deluxe mini! 🙂
My Bite Beauty High Pigment Lip Pencil in Rhubarb is a wonderful product that is just getting too old. I would have considered repurchasing Rhubarb, however, Bite Beauty discontinued this line in 2017.
In an ideal world, I would finish each of these products in 2018, but given the sheer volume of powder in each pan, I will settle for hitting pan on each product. Warm Soul is one of my oldest and favorite blushes, but I can’t seem to make any progress despite my constant usage.
Helpful Tips for Creating a Makeup Basket
Some people have the most success with makeup baskets when they switch them out monthly since this prevents boredom from using the same items over and over again. Also, if you decide to keep a makeup basket, you are by no means confined to only using the products in your basket.
If certain products are continually causing issues – either acne or irritation then discontinue using them! Similarly, if over a period of several months you find that you truly despise something in your basket, chuck it in the trash!
Do you keep a makeup basked? If so, what is in yours?