3 Tips to Simplify Your Makeup Routine

As women, we love to express ourselves through our makeup but sometimes it can be a hassle. Looking beautiful does take time and unfortunately, it can be painful at times too. What if we could still accomplish the same beautiful look all while simplifying the process? Hey, that means we get to sleep in a little longer! Getting more sleep will help with those puffy eyes too. So it’s a win-win! I’ve come up with a short list to help streamline your beauty routine.



1. Streamline Your Stash

The first step is to throw away any used products that you haven’t worn in the past 5 months. If you haven’t reused them by now, you’re more than likely not going to later. If these products have already been used, they are more than likely just sitting there collecting bacteria. That’s something you definitely don’t want to put on your skin anyways, so just let it go. Less clutter means less time searching for the item you’re looking for.

Makeup Declutter

If you have tons of unused makeup, try to separate them from your everyday makeup. Put them in a separate area and organize them so you can find it quickly if needed. IKEA has some great drawer units.

Don’t forget about the drawer inserts. You can find these at most places like Walmart or online specialty stores like Sonny Cosmetics.




 2. Multitasking Makeup Products

Now that we have eliminated our stash and stored our excess makeup, let’s focus on the products that we will be using daily. We want products that will make our process quick and easy, especially in the mornings. Multitasking products can make your makeup application not only quicker, but it will also eliminate all the excess containers just laying in our way. This will also save us time by not having to fumble through looking for your makeup.


Let’s start with the pre-makeup items like serums, primers, eye cream, and face cream. This process alone probably takes five minutes or longer. What if I said we could have all of these items in just one bottle?! Simplicity Skincare has an amazing multitasking beauty product that you can use for your eyes, face, and neck! This one product can eliminate at least five different products, if not more. So what does this mean? It means you can save money, you have more room on your makeup counter, AND you spend less time applying beauty products. Doesn’t that sound wonderful?!

The Reversal Protection Complex by Simplicity Skincare is an all-in-one anti-aging solution that delivers superior serum and moisture. It’s in an airless container with a dual pump chamber which features the highest quality anti-aging peptide moisturizer and hyaluronic serum available. I love a container like this because it eliminates any bacteria from getting into the product. The dual pump allows you to control the amount you want to disperse of each product.

Simplicity Skincare Reversal Protection Complex

The Serum is loaded with hyaluronic acid and collagen building peptides. This is beneficial for refining the appearance of wrinkles, evening out skin tone and texture, and restoring the elasticity and firmness of the skin. The Moisture contains Matrixyl 300, Tripeptide-5, and Ocean based Retinol. When combined they help to firm, repair, and soothe fragile skin along with reducing wrinkles. It will leave your skin soft and hydrated with a glowing complexion.

Simplicity Skincare Reversal Protection Complex

I use this product twice a day. It substitutes my serum, primer, eye cream, and night cream. I use this one product under my foundation and it makes my skin look flawless all day long. I’ve literally received a lot of compliments lately on my makeup. The product absorbs quickly yet still leaving it hydrated. This Renewal Protection Complex is a great way to downsize without giving up your beauty necessities. If there’s any product that your beauty arsenal needs, it’s without a doubt Simplicity Skincare!


Another multitasking beauty product is where Cream Blush can double as Lip Color. The Lip + Cheek Color Stick at ULTA Beauty is a great multi-purpose makeup stick for lips and cheeks! This color stick applies sheer, lightweight coverage with subtle hints of shimmer. This good if you’re looking for more of a natural look. You can use the golden shade to highlight and contour your face.



The ELF Eyeliner and Shadow Stick is another great option. This is perfecting for quickly creating an easy smoky eye. Simply twist either end to emit the eyeliner or shadow stick. You don’t even need a sharpener so there’s another product eliminated! Glide the soft gel liner across your eye to create dramatic definition to your eyes. Use the smooth glide shadow stick to lightly highlight your eyes. This will complement the gorgeous eyeliner giving you the perfect polished look. ELF also has a Lip & Cheek Duo Stick. One side is matte and the other is shimmer. They both can be used as a lip color or blush. It’s a creamy formula infused with Vitamin E. This product does need a sharpener though.



You can find a large selection of multitasking beauty items. Choose the ones that are best for you!




3. Get Organized

So you’ve decluttered and thrown out your old/expired makeup. Then you decided on the items that you need for every day use and you hopefully chose some multi-tasked products. Now it’s time to get your daily beauty products in order. You’ll want these products to be easily accessible in order to save you time. Try to find an organizer that is clear and without drawers for your daily makeup. This will save you time by not having to fumble through looking for your makeup. Amazon has a nice Acrylic Makeup Organizer that works perfectly on top of your makeup counter. The acrylic resembles glass so it has a classy look and it’s really easy to clean. You can stack all of your daily beauty products in this organizer from your makeup brushes to your lipsticks.

If you prefer to have your makeup brushes and sponges separate, Amazon has a matching Acrylic Makeup Organizer. I really like this organizer because it has a cover to protect your brushes. It also has sides drawers where can store your makeup sponges or lipsticks.

Beauty Acrylic Makeup Organizer for Makeup Brushes and Sponges with Drawers

I’ve used the above organizers but I recently switched to a Rotating Makeup Organizer and I love it! This unique all-in-one makeup organizer is designed to accommodate all of your cosmetics and accessories neatly while taking up very little space. With a 360 degree rotation, you can find everything quickly. With this awesome organizer, you won’t be troubled by messy cosmetics scattered on your vanity table anymore!

I recently came across a great way to keep your cosmetics off your counter. If you have some wall space around your makeup counter, a Magnetic Magnetic Board may be a good option for you. You can find these boards online or simply make your own. It takes only a few supplies and it’s super easy to make so you can personalize it to your liking. Just make sure you get some heavy-duty magnets to place on your beauty products. I really love this idea!


Hopefully these tips have encouraged you to declutter and organize your makeup products!





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I'm Brandi from suburbs of Memphis, TN. I enjoy trying new products & services, and sharing my experience with others. My blog consists of my "Theory" on products and everyday life from a babe born on Easter.

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93 thoughts on “3 Tips to Simplify Your Makeup Routine”

  1. Thank you for this great post! I guess, it’s time to organize my make-up products because they are always all around my apartment when I apply my make-up in a rush. 😀

  2. jennadphotography

    Oh how I wish I could enter the Simplicity Skincare competition! Such amazing tips, and you right if you haven’t used it in the last 5 months you probably will never, I just part so hard with my makeup

  3. Valentina | ForeignRooftops

    This is so very helpful! I tend to be a messy person and my make up is literally everywhere! A bit in the bathroom countertop, a bit in the drawers, the rest is a treasure hunt in all the different bags I have ahahah

  4. Really helpful and awesome tips.. Organizing makeup is a common problem sometimes. With this tips this can be easy and well organize.And also a nice makeup products, as well as an interesting giveaways..Nice article.

  5. Such amazing tips, and you right if you haven’t used it in the last 5 months you probably will never. Loved all the drawers 🙂

  6. This is such a relevant and helpful post for me. I am a little messy when it comes to organizing makeup but these tips are quite useful. Thanks for sharing!

  7. thefashionableaccountant

    You make me want to completely reorganize my makeup haha!! I have a lot of drawers and acrylic things to organize with!!

  8. Oh my gosh I totally love the organizer and need it in my life right now because I have so much makeup. Also great giveaway ?

  9. I like that idea I want to wear makeup but it’s so complicated I want to simplify the process. Thanks for the article .

  10. I definitely need to clean out my drawers. It always seems like too much of a pain though. Okay, okay no more whining for me, I’m on it!

  11. Do women really use this much makeup or is this a model’s stash? This is some of the prettiest, best organized set of things I have seen in ages! TY

  12. I love these ideas, I know for myself I don’t own that much make up;, but if I did . I would definitely want to have them organized.

  13. OH my! I am SO envious of that drawered makeup storage!! Not that I ever need that many options as a mama, the organization is seriously gorgeous!!

  14. very helpful tips for organization! I have to admit that I love the makeup storage you have set up, it looks great and you can definitely find things!

  15. I definitely need to declutter, so many products I never use and they are just in the way. I really love the framed magnetic board, gret solution for keeping your daily makeup at hand.

  16. Im the simple one who has four…yes FOUR simple cheap make up pieces I’ve used for the past 35 years. When you have 6 kids, you simply go without. My daughter, who is 18 thinks Im nuts and keeps trying to get me more with it. I’ll have to show here the first pic post of the organization. Her make up desk area is a MESS and this post gives me some ideas for Christmas gifts. She’ll be going off for college and needing her face to go with her but needs some space saving solutions.
    I promise, I will consider expanding on MY face, especially my skin. I am starting to look ragged from not using moisturizer.

  17. i would almost kill for your cabinets ? On my list this week is to go through and get rid of some old stuff or sztuff I am just not using.

  18. Great ideas on how to make one’s makeup drawer smaller. I actually have paired down to my favorites and it feels less messy/better!

  19. gloria patterson

    Cleaned out my bath cabinet drawers and got rid of a lot of stuff. I date ever thing that I put in the drawer with sharpie/label this last year. The stuff that was not labeled was the first to go. LOTS of room now

  20. At one time my makeup was just thrown into a drawer. What a mess! It was hard to find what I wanted so I finally got a plastic organizer and now I can see what is in there.

  21. Those make-up organizer are awesome, i think I’m going to get the rotating unit. Thanks so much for sharing, these tips are definitely going to help me!

  22. I guess I don’t have much of a makeup problem – no eyeshadow, 1 mascara one lipstick, three primers and a concealer and brow kit. Thank goodness!

  23. Thank you for the tips, my makeup counter is a complete mess and could use a lot of help! Unfortunately the drawer the builder installed is very shallow, and a lot of products and organizers don’t fit, so I will have to try some of your ideas.

  24. These are definitely some great ideas. I solved my problem by ditching makeup altogether some years ago after being a person who, for decades, wouldn’t leave the house without the full treatment.

  25. I’m not a big makeup person. Ive never been taught how to pick the right shades for foundation and end up looking like a clown.

  26. Wow those Ikea drawer inserts are amazing. I don’t have that much make up but I know I have a lot that just sits and feels like it goes to waste.

  27. I love these tips, I have a lot of makeup and I’m always looking for new ways to declutter and organize. I really like the drawer inserts!

  28. Those make-up drawer units looks fantastic! I need to get one for my sister. My make-up is nicely separated, but my sister´s like a nightmare

  29. I dont wear much makeup anymore… that doesnt mean I dont have it around though. Due to medical problems is the main reason. I gave mostof mine to my niece (a teen) who has a complete ball with it.

  30. I really want this Lip + Cheek Color Stick at ULTA Beauty multi-purpose makeup stick! What a great way to match the color of your cheeks and lips! Love it!

  31. I totally need to do a makeup declutter. I have stuff that is from my college years. I am 37 years old now. Oops. I love how organized you have everything.

  32. I really need to clean out my makeup and get it organized. With all of your tips and tricks I don’t have any excuses not to.

  33. Thank you for sharing. Awesome tips! I used to think I needed everything. Now my makeup routine is quite simple…I don’t wear any. If you don’t like my face you don’t have to look at it!

  34. Emily Ann Benzing

    I love makeup, especially when I know it helps me look good in less time. I definitely agree with getting multitasking products that do a few things – it saves a lot of time. I also organized my collection and now I can go through everything a lot easier.

  35. Linda Manns Linneman

    Such great organization for your cosmetics. I love this idea. You have a great assortment. Thank you so much for sharing this

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