What’s In My Minimalist Makeup Bag

Ever since we started our downsizing journey, I have been excited to pare down our bathroom items. I was especially excited about creating the perfect minimalist makeup bag. And I thought it would be a great idea to share everything that I ended up choosing to keep in my minimalist makeup bag.


I love a good liquid foundation, preferably with good coverage. I’m currently using L’Oréal Infallible Pro Glow Foundation. I’ve tried quite a few kinds of foundation, from liquid to powder, to cream, but liquid foundation remains my favourite. Although I don’t like to switch it up, I’ve been purchasing a new kind of liquid foundation every time I run out, to see if there’s another kind I would like better. To date, the L’Oréal foundation is great because the one I have matches my skin tone, and it’s also very affordable.


My eyeshadow palette doesn’t always fit in my makeup bag, but I’m going to include it in this list anyway. I absolutely love eyeshadow. The different effects and styles you can create with it are just incredible. Having said that, I do typically stay without very neutral tones. My current eyeshadow palette is the Stila Eyes Are The Window Shadow Palette. I love that it has some variety, but that it is still somewhat small so that I don’t feel overwhelmed by the choices.


I’ve had a love-hate relationship with eyeliner for as long as I can remember. I was not good at applying eyeliner – and by that, I mean I was really bad at it. I can hardly see without my glasses, which makes applying makeup such as eyeliner very difficult. Therefor it took me a really long time to find an eyeliner that I loved.

So far, I’ve tried pencil eyeliner, gel eyeliner and liquid eyeliner. And after forcing myself to use up each of these… I realized that I am still not very good at applying eyeliner. Hahaha! But I do love the look it creates, so I decided to stick with the one I struggle with the less. My current eyeliner is a liquid eyeliner with a felt tip.


When I was younger, I used to hate mascara. I could not comprehend how to apply it without it looking like crap, and I had seen so many people wearing it who also did not know how to properly apply it. So for a long time, I didn’t buy mascara. Then I started supporting a friend of a friend who works in direct sales for a makeup company, and I decided to give it a try again. And I have to say, I am a lot better at applying mascara than I used to be.

I don’t have a favourite brand or type of mascara, but I do love the one I currently have which is the Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara.


As most women know, purchasing lipstick can become an obsession. I think I’m not quite at that point, as I don’t have an enormous amount of lipstick, but I do love them and include a few colours in my minimalist makeup bag. The current five are, in no particular order:

  • L’Oréal’s Blake’s Red
  • Maybelline’s Mauve It
  • L’Oréal’s Matte-itude
  • Nars’ Liv
  • Kat Von D’s Witches

Minimalist Makeup Bag

And those are the essentials that I currently have in my minimalist makeup bag. To be sure not to have excess products, I always wait to finish one product before purchasing a new one. As difficult as that may sound, it’s made much easier by having a positive attitude towards the products you have kept – because you should absolutely love every single one of them.

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