My Capsule Beauty Wardrobe - Minimalist Beauty

capsule beauty wardrobe - minimalist beauty

As much as I adore the simplicity of my capsule wardrobe, it took me a while to adjust to the whole minimalism thing when it came to beauty products. However, I feel in the past 6 months I’ve pretty much nailed it. 

Not only have I seriously downsized my collection and brought my old beauty blogger habits of hoarding products to a halt, I’m feeling really confident and put together using the products that I do have. I love and trust all the products I use, so I've said bye bye to bad makeup days!

Much like I fully embraced my personal style when I created my capsule wardrobe, I’ve done the same with my capsule beauty wardrobe. 

  • Everything I own, I love.
  • My look takes very little effort to put together, is very ‘uniform’ day to day, but still makes me feel amazing.
  • I get so much wear out of my products, that I get by with just what I need. 
  • Much like I can dress up or dress down all the items in my wardrobe, my beauty products work in exactly the same way.

Today I wanted to share some of my staple products with you, in case you are intrigued and wanting to downsize your collection to include some great quality, multi tasking products. 

Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturising Lotion+

My skincare routine is very minimal. The one thing I could not be without is this moisturiser. I can wear it day or night, I can use a tiny amount under makeup or add an extra 1-2 pumps if my skin is particularly dry. It is an absolute staple and I wouldn’t be without it. It's like a drink for my face! 

Rimmel Kate Moss Sculpting Palette

This little palette is reached for on a daily basis, and always comes inside my makeup bag if I’m staying overnight somewhere. Any small palette containing multiple products is an easy win for a capsule collection (if you were going high end, I would definitely recommend the Charlotte Tilbury Look in a Palette - that one is gorgeous, but unfortunately lives in my kit and is saved for my beautiful brides!)

I like the blusher and highlight in this Rimmel trio but the real star is the bronzer. Not only is it a fab shade for an all over glow or targeted sculpting on my skin tone (somewhere in between a bronzer and a contour colour), I also use it as a fool-proof crease shade for an everyday, quick and easy eye makeup.

Sculpted, neutral eyes in about 10 seconds. No need to lug a huge palette around! This is what I do 80% of the time. For days I want a little more intensity on the eyes, it’s a great base to go over the top with cream shadow, liner or whatever else you fancy, and works so well as a transition shade for smokey eyes. 

NYX Nude Lip Liner

This time last year I rarely used lip liner. Now, I am a COMPLETE convert and it’s all down to this baby. For a start, the retractable applicator is a huge win, as I always forget my sharpener and it just saves time/effort. The nude shade of this is perfect for almost any nude colour I could pair of the top of it. It can be worn alone and even works well if you’re doing a bold lip and don’t have the exact colour handy - as it’s such a neutral shade, it acts as a barrier to stop any lippy bleeding, no matter the shade. It’s also really creamy, matte and lasts ages. 

Garnier Summer Body

Not pictured but absolutely deserves a mention. How fabulous is gradual tan? Whoever invented it needs a snog. As much as I love my full on, 2 weeks in Barbados tanning routine courtesy of St Moriz, you can’t beat a gradual tan lotion. Hydrated, smooth skin and a foolproof sun kissed glow in one. This is my favourite as it’s lightweight, sinks in fairly quickly and is buildable without ever going too dark. You can also use it to top up and prolong your tan - real or fake - as it fades. Now we’re looking forward to Summer time, this is definitely considered a valued member of the beauty product team.

Rimmel Wonder’Full Mascara*

I wasn’t expecting to love this one as much as I do. But I really do! Of course, I am very promiscuous with mascaras - I rarely repurchase one. But whilst we’ve had our fling, I’ve really enjoyed using this. Mascara in general has to be a staple item for me, any capsule beauty wardrobe should include a good one. Even with nothing else on the eyes, a generous coat or two of good mascara on curled lashes does wonders. It’s the one thing I would never scrimp on - even with the most natural, minimal and bare faced routine, you’ll still find me laying it on thick! 

Those are just a few of my favourite products in my capsule beauty wardrobe - I definitely want to share more in future, as I love the idea and think it goes down really well with the current trend of minimalism in all areas of life!

Let me know what you think, and let me know what YOUR staple products are. 

Love, Kat x