I’m a makeup junkie. I think this much is obvious. I was having a chat about my makeup collection with my girl Paige the other day and the topic of hoarding came up. You see, Paige is a minimalist. I don’t thinks she’d mind me divulging that information. I know Paige didn’t intend for our conversation to become a blog post, but after we spoke I got to thinking. I know some people see the amount of makeup I own as excessive.
Here’s how I see it…
For the average gal, without an interest in the makeup process, my collection is excessive. You see, makeup is my passion. It’s my hobby, but it’s also part of my business (granted, a small business). I own quite a bit of makeup–an abysmal amount by some standards–but regardless, each product has served a specific purpose for me. It has brought me joy.
I know this is going to be a controversial topic–“owning things shouldn’t bring you joy”–and I agree. If I only felt joy because I owned something, that would be sad. But I get joy out of using and experimenting and learning with these makeup products and I’m unapologetic about it. Yes, I love makeup. Yes, I own a lot of it. The art of makeup brings me joy, and I’m ok with that.
I invest in makeup because the process of it makes me happy. I research each and every product prior to purchase. I learn the ins and outs and look at countless photos of swatches before I make my decision. I love the thrill of researching a new product. Seeing others’ experience with it, enthralls me… which is probably why I’m a bit of beauty blogger myself.
Once I purchase a product, then I get to test it… and this is one of the most fun parts. I try it out various ways. I experiment with the product on it’s own, or layered. I try it using different techniques, brushes, in conjunction with different products. I get so much joy out of this experimentation. I thrive off of it. Some items work, but others don’t. Many items that don’t work wind up at my friends’ houses, or in my arsenal to try again at a later date.
For those that do work, well… the best is yet to come. My favorite part about the makeup process is actually using a product I know that I love. Once I’ve tried a new purchase in various ways, I feel confident to use it in my every day routine. The act of putting makeup on my face in the morning is soothing to me. It’s a time for just me. It’s also like a clean slate every day. I get to start with a blank canvas and make it into anything I want to make it into.
So, yes. I own a lot of makeup. I understand that most of you wish to keep things more minimal in that department–and hey, that’s great–but please don’t assume my makeup collection is grown out of greed or some convoluted way for me to find happiness. I own makeup because it’s an enjoyment. It’s an expression and a gift. I’m so thankful that I get to do this every day.
What is your take on this? Is there a blanket “appropriate” level of makeup collecting? Discuss it in the comments.