What is a Makeup Capsule Experiment?
I tend to play it safe. By nature, I like to stick to my comfort zone. Makeup is the one avenue that I feel completely at ease exploring, and because of that, I purchase quite a bit of it. Even though I do a sweep of my collection every few months to get rid of things I no longer like, or don’t have use for, I still find myself struggling to use all of the makeup that I do love. That’s why, for 2016, I’ve decided to do something completely out of my comfort zone. I’ve decided to go on a makeup buying freeze.
No makeup purchases for an entire year.
…Ok, you can pick your jaw up off the floor now. Here’s the dealio: I will put together monthly makeup capsules in an effort to use up as much of my makeup as possible. It’s going to be an experiment, that’s one thing for sure. Of course, if I’m gifted an item (or gift card), I’m going to use it. I just won’t be spending any of my own money on products.
I don’t feel like I’ll be limiting or stifling myself by doing this because every month, I’ll refill my capsule with more great products from my collection. My overall hope for this capsule makeup experiment is that I will find new uses for products I’ve already enjoyed. I also really hope that I can use up a tube of lipstick… that’s one thing I’d like to cross off my bucket list because I’ve never done it! Actually, now that I think about it, I don’t think I’ve hit pan on any makeup products in years.
I’ll be honest. I thought this was a completely original idea. I’ve been working on the details since late October. Then I open up my TheseReads app and see that the almighty Maskcara (she really is great, though, y’all) has a makeup capsule. Just goes to show you that no idea is truly original in blogland. Hers is a little bit different. She cut down her makeup collection to just the bare minimum. I intentionally didn’t read any posts on makeup capsule experiments prior to planning my own because I want mine to be as original as possible. I digress… Any-who. On to the makeup capsule experiment details.
How the makeup capsule experiment works:
So, for the entirety of 2016, I plan to get by without purchasing a lip product, cheek product, or eye shadow. Basically anything with color. I will, however, repurchase items I run out of like primers, foundation, concealer, basic black eyeliner, mascara, setting spray/powder, and lip balm. In my opinion those are staples and I shouldn’t have to skimp by without purchasing the items I really need. Much like I never count socks, underwear, or camisoles in my regular capsule wardrobes, I won’t be counting the basics with my makeup capsule experiment, either.
Each month I will put together a group of makeup products that I’ll use the entire month. I’m allowing the staples I mentioned above to be “slider” products, meaning I can use them interchangeably any time, but I will set “goals” for myself. For example, if I have a concealer I want to use more of or experiment with, I’ll make it a goal to stick to that concealer most of the month.
A Monthly Makeup Capsule Includes:
1 eye shadow palette (or a handful of stand alone eye shadows)
5 lip colors (+ any applicable lip liners)
an eye brow product
a contour product
Obviously, you can choose a path that will work for you. I typically wear a lot of makeup, so there are a lot of categories in my capsule. If you never contour, don’t include a contouring slot in your capsule. If you’re a chapstick only kind of gal, leave out the lipsticks. The purpose, in my opinion, is to make a personal challenge for yourself – individually.
I think it’s important to make a list of what you want to get out of the makeup capsule. The challenge for me will be coming up with different types of looks. For the latter part of 2015, I’ve done well to branch out of my makeup comfort zone with The Makeup Mix-Up and I hope to keep that momentum. I love trying new looks, and to be honest, I love trying new products. This Makeup Capsule Experiment isn’t to punish me, it’s to help me really rediscover products I’ve already fallen in love with and find new uses for them.
My makeup capsule experiment will be a success if I can rediscover past makeup loves, find new uses for older products, and create many different looks using the makeup capsule products.
I’ve thought long and hard about what products to start the year off with. I want to use some older favorites, as well as try some new ones. I think I’ve finally settled on a great mix.
January Makeup Capsule Products
IT Cosmetics CC+ Foundation – My holy grail foundation these days
Maybelline Fit Me Concealer – An old forgotten favorite
NYX HD Studio Photogenic Finishing Powder – A dupe for the Tarte Smooth Operator Powder (or is it?)
Anastasia Brow Pencil – A new product I have 0 experience with (risky!)
The Balm Instain Blush in Toile – A beautiful product I haven’t used much
e.l.f. Blush in Mellow Mauve – Because I love drugstore products, too
Naked Palette (original) – A constant favorite
Laura Geller Baked French Vanilla Highlight – Versatile and easy to work with
Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer –
MAC Crave – My current favorite every day color
ColourPop Lippie Stix in Frida – A nice neutral coral I need to get more use out of
Tarte Lip Surgence in Pizzazz (LE) – Because you have to have a red in January
Laura Geller Color Drenched Lip Gloss in Pink Macaron – Another old forgotten (PINK) favorite
LORAC PRO Matte Lipstick in Mulberry
I hope this experiment teaches me something in 2016. I hope it will help me become more inventive, and resourceful. The awesome makeup tutorials won’t stop. I have much bigger and exciting things planned for 2016 (some of which I’m already actively working on). In the end, if I’m being honest, I just hope I can do it. What do you think? Do you think I will be able to do it? No makeup buying for an entire year!
If you plan to do this, tell me what’s going in YOUR makeup capsule wardrobe for January!
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