Building a Makeup Go-To Capsule Kit

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Getting a head start on my Spring cleaning for this year, I’ve been road testing the whole Kondo method of tidying up and if there is one element of my place which is in constant WIP, that is my makeup collection.

Though my makeup look is anything but “daring” I still feel the need to buy lipsticks in a range of eye candy colours and also, unfortunately, doubling up on stock all in moderately the same shade of matte glossy.

I feel like I have a lot of makeup which has been left forgotten due to the fact that, like many clothes in my wardrobe, I tend to only use the same 20% of the collection I have every day.

So the journey to reduce this:

To something like this:

is a practical move since these are my most used products but also to have a small collection of selected pieces for variety on days when I don’t want to use oh-so-boring basics.

If you are down sizing your makeup pile these are the things I’ve realised when building my makeup capsule.

Foundation – Liquid vs Powder 

When I was younger I always wore powder over liquid foundation thinking it was more natural looking but fast forward to recent days where we have better formulas in tinted moisturisers, Cushions, BB, CC (and now “DD” WTF) cremes, liquid has become my holy grail for base makeup! I like how liquid based foundation blends into the skin more so I’m giving up my current powder foundation. My all time favourite is still this Precious Mineral All Day Strong BB Creme from Etude House. On the opposite spectrum, this Innisfree Mineral Ultrafine Pact powder doe, enhances all my uneven skin texture so in the bin it goes.

Eyeliner – Liquid vs Pencil 

If you have oily eye lids like me you need an eyeliner that won’t smudge and slide to the sides just after an hour from applying. though liquid is the preferred choice for this problem, it doesn’t have the same blending ability as pencil does in achieving a more softer gradient eye line that looks natural.

What I found is combo-ing these textures together using pencil to blend the gap between eyelash and eye line and change to liquid eyeliner to draw my wing offers a similar look to gel liners because, for some reason, Japan doesn’t have any local drugstore brands that produces gel liners. Why?!

Blush – Powder vs Creme 

I was really obsessed with the interesting colour combos brands were doing with blush a few years ago but since I am using more bronzer these days, I’ve been doing my cheeks less as I like the defined cheek contour look more to create dimension to my rather plain looking face. As such, I probably will not buy any more blush pots in the future so these are gonna be my last blush colours for a while.

Eye Shadow – Single Pots vs Palettes 

After experimenting with eye shadows for some time, I know for certain: I really do not know how to use eye shadow for my eye shape! The only look that looks kind of decent for these Asian/Hooded eyes is “cut creasing” but I haven’t found the time to incorporate it into my daily look and in the end simply do a winged liner. The only palette I have with me now is this Urban Decay Naked 3 palette but will probably give it away to a new home and opt for 3 go-to single pots instead.

Anyone else tried Kondo’s method of cleaning? What do you find hard to get rid of?

Let me know below! :)

Until Next Time!



  1. Pixelhazard says

    I desperately need to but with make up I’m pretty good. I have 3 make up bags
    “every day”
    “lets be fancy”
    “revenge face /beyonce”

    Now I need to tackle the wardrobe

    Pixelhazard | Bright Green Laces

  2. Itzy Canales says

    Love that Anastasia Brow Definer! Thanks for the tips, I need it.

    xx, Itzy l Instagram

  3. Rina says

    How smart are you to create a beauty capsule kit! I actually have a makeup kit very similar to you in that a use very minimal products on a day-to-day basis. I usually stick to something once I find something that I like coz it’s easier that way =)

    Rina Samantha

  4. theluxilook says

    Ughhh I have SO much makeup that I need to throw away. The expiration dates really creep up on you! I need to follow your advice and create a capsule kit – it’s a brilliant idea!

    xx, Amy

  5. ankitabardhan says

    I’ve been hearing a lot about Konodo’s cleaning method, I seriously need to declutter my wardrobe and makeup kit.

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