You! Put down the Dior lipstick and walk away. Take a few deep breaths and exit the department store.
Are you a Cosmetics Junkie? If you look in your makeup drawer, do you have seven or more different brands of lipstick exactly the same shade? If the answer is yes, you are an addict!
Before you go out and buy that attractive item that you just saw in a magazine, think about your needs. Always check your own makeup bag first. If the object of your desire fills a need which isn’t already covered or it claims to do something new for you – go for it! If the nice shiny tube is actually what you want, then buy it by all means. However, why not try it in a different shade than those you already own?
About ten years ago, my fiancé pointed out to me that I already had several purple eye shadows similar to the one I was about to buy. I had always loved makeup and my addiction was so bad that I could not walk into a store without having a list of current “it” products with me. The names alone made me believe, as they were meant to, that my lips would look better, plumper and more kissable immediately.
The eye shadows would make my eyes sparkle like never before and the foundations and concealers would make my skin miraculously look ten years younger and utterly flawless!
The ads were doing exactly what they were supposed to do – sending me right out to buy the latest and most improved version of what I already had.
When it got to the point where I could no longer fit my makeup into the drawers in my bathroom, I stopped and took stock. My fiancé, now my husband, was a makeup artist in the Film industry and he gave me a ton of professional brushes and makeup not commercially available. Needless to say this made my collection even bigger! One thing for which I will always be grateful to him is showing me the practicality of certain techniques – thank g-d for blending! Once I started to mix eye shadows, lipsticks, lip liners, and even blush colors to achieve that perfect shade, there was no turning back for me. I had to face how much money I had spent on my habit. At $30 – $50 for some of the higher end designer brands – well, you can figure it out. It had to stop!
I went through everything I owned and purged a lot of it, keeping only basic colors – my favorites of each of course. This process really helped me to realize what my favorites were, which brushes worked best (let’s face it – none of us personally needs ten “# 7” brushes by Ben Nye or MAC ) and ended up trashing a lot of expired product. Being able to create a lighter or darker shade with fewer casings was a blessing – I finally knew exactly what I had in my repertoire!
Another thing that I found very helpful was making up palettes, just like makeup artists do. Having all your fave eye colors in one readily available palette to mix together and have fun with is one great step to getting over your addiction! Stay tuned for more tips on how to try and control those urges and be strong!!
I am clearly still working on it!