As a professional makeup artist, and product junkie, I apply makeup on people and give makeup lessons, but another fun service I offer is, "The Vanity Clean Out!" This service idea came to me when I realized I had closets, suitcases, cabinets and a storage unit filled with cosmetics! I enjoyed collecting makeup, in hopes that one day I would use them, yet my life was cluttered and heavy as a result. And, the feeling of guilt that I never did use the products as I intended, left me feeling like I just never had enough time to do everything. Realizing that my next step was to either rent an airplane hanger to store my collection, or get rid of a few things, I opted for an overhaul! After a complete purge, I consolidated everything to 4 baskets and one drawer of daily items! Once I started, I couldn't stop and I kept choosing to get rid of things that smelled old, weren't my right shade, had harmful ingredients, were a free sample or brought back bad memories. I felt lighter, happier and enjoyed being in my space! This is when I decided to go into my client's homes and help them too!
I focus on the "getting-ready space," and toss out what's old, keep what's good, look at tools and show people how to use things in new ways. I create a list to update items or to fill in the gaps. Then, I take my clients makeup shopping or I place an order for Beautycounter if they want non-hormone disrupting products.
This process might scare people at first, making them think, "I'm embarrassed to let her see my drawer." Or, maybe there is a product someone is attached to that they won't let me toss out. But, I ease their worries. At the beginning, I start with questions about lifestyle such as: How much time do you have to get ready, do you like to wear makeup, how much space do you have, are you a hoarder or a product junkie, etc...I then consider the person's age and listen to what their goals are for a personal look. I look at each product in a systematic way, starting with skin care, makeup and tools, assessing if they should be tossed or kept. I clean drawers, organize containers, wash brushes and style the vanity with the condensed collection. Often times I find a family heirloom vase or votive to be a new brush holder, personalizing the space. Sometimes, I change lightbulbs to a brighter wattage, or literally move a vanity to a window for good lighting!
Important tips to think about when cleaning out the vanity:
-Age and shelf life of the products
-Quantity in the container
-Was the product a freebie or a custom match?
-Samples should be thrown away, they clutter the space.
-Brushes and tools
-Does every product have its own place?
-Does your space energize you, or frustrate you?
-Organizers or trays might be needed.