What’s in My Minimalist Makeup Tray

The YesStyle Beauty Lab

I’ve been a very organized and minimalist person all of my life. Everything’s tidy around me except for one thing: my makeup box. I’ve been keeping all my daily makeup products and tools in one single paper box and it was only after reading the YesStyle Beauty Editor’s article on how to Marie Kondo your beauty collection that I decided to get a tray for my beauty belongings. I couldn’t be more excited to share with you the JOY of seeing them neatly displayed and being easily accessible! Here’s how it looks:

I must say that I didn’t know what I own, and what I need and didn’t need, until I laid everything on the table. Now that I’m settled with my makeup tray, I might as well share with you what’s inside. If you’re expecting a ton of stuff, sorry to disappoint you. I told you I’m very minimalist!

Base & Cheek Makeup

I put most of my effort into base makeup. In fact, that’s the only aspect of makeup that truly matters to me. As you can see, I kept everything from my too cool for school trial. I tend not to be wasteful and I think the products suit my skin just fine. I’ve fallen more in love with the pot concealer since I first tried it, so you can see that it has been used quite a lot. I still love The Saem’s Cover Perfection Tip Concealer (Contour Beige) when I need more coverage, and I can’t leave home without smearing some peripera Ink Corrector (#1 Dark Thief Peach) over my hideous dark circles. I’m thinking of getting a sheer primer, but THE FACE SHOP’s Air Cotton Makeup Base (#1 Mint) always gets me with its low price point.

Beauty Tools

I titled this “beauty tools” instead of “makeup tools” since I don’t own any makeup tools except for a blush brush and an ancient lash curler! Most of my makeup products either come with a built-in applicator or I just use my fingers. I store my pimple popper in my makeup tray because I don’t know where else to put it. I also have a pair of tweezers that I’ve been using since my teenage years. Moving forward, I think I should start building my collection of makeup brushes and sponges.

Eye Makeup

I keep a bigger eye palette elsewhere, but for my everyday makeup I use too cool for school’s Art Class Sfumato Dual Eyeshadow (#Endless Drawing), which suffices to add just a little more depth to my eyes. I’ve recently become more prone to skipping eyeliners and using a bronze shadow to line my lids for a more natural look. I use Etude House’s Bling Bling Eye Stick in #14 Sea Star, which I consider a bronzy rose gold, if I need more bling or a little highlight at the inner corners of the eyes. I always blend it out when used as an eye shadow.

I don’t have any liquid eye liners since I don’t use them that much and they tend to dry out in the tubes. I prefer softer lines so I use Etude House’s Super Slim Proof Pencil Liner (Brown), which is just 1.5mm thick and comes in a handy auto-twist design. I also keep a MACQUEEN Waterproof Gel Eyeliner which is very popular at YesStyle, but it’s black so I scarcely use it for daytime makeup. It’s also quite thick, and I’m too lazy to sharpen it.

For mascara, I got Etude House’s Lash Perm Curl Fix Mascara in black and it’s smooth and gorgeous, but I seriously want innisfree’s Skinny Microcara in brown for a softer look. As for brows, I have no complaints with Etude House’s Drawing Slim Eye Brows (#1 Dark Brown) which features a spoolie and triangular tip. And yes, I just realized that I’m such a fan of Etude House!

Lip Makeup

I receive many lippies from friends but I never finish any of them. Above are the ones I tend to reach for. I feel most comfortable wearing my rosy Clinique lipstick, though I’m not sure if this green case version has become discontinued. I wear Aritaum’s Ginger Sugar Tint Lip Balm (#1 Flame Rose) when my pout needs a little nourishment, and A’PIEU’s Honey & Milk Lip Oil when it needs both nourishment and sheen. The shimmery lip gloss from The Cancer Council Australia, which has SPF 30+, is for intense outdoor activities. I wear too cool for school’s Glam Rock Hush Brown (#5 Blind) in winter or when I feel like going for a sophisticated look.