If you are a beauty addict, then there is a strong chance that you carry a zillion makeup products in your kitty and still use the same few favourite products every time. Does that sound like you? Well!

From the 10 different lipsticks you own; spanning from light-to-dark shade, the range of all types of eyeliners (gel to felt tip to liquid), the bunch of brushes (because why not!) and the several lip balms with various flavours, your makeup bag has no space to even breathe. *Phew* Have you ever considered downsizing and detoxing your makeup bag to avoid being burdened with the extra weight and the chances of losing things constantly? If not, then ladies, now is the time to do so!

Here are a few tips to help you make your vanity kit as efficient as possible...

Go light
 

Go light

A heavy makeup bag is difficult to carry around, not to mention that it is also not hygienic. Therefore, it’s always best to carry what’s necessary and let your beauty products do double duty. If your blush or compact palette has a mirror attached to it, then you can easily cut down on a separate compact mirror.

Always have basic supplies handy
 

Always have basic supplies handy

Your makeup bag needs to be concise and at the same time it also needs to include basic supplies. While you don’t need to carry around those giant eye shadow palettes, make sure that you have supplies such as Q-tips and a mascara wand in your bag at all times. These small supplies will not just help you correct makeup mishaps on the go but also help with quick touch-ups.

Avoid lugging around 4-5 lipsticks
 

Avoid lugging around 4-5 lipsticks

While we understand it’s difficult to pick one favourite lip colour, we suggest you keep alternating your lipsticks as required. Or have your go-to colour or even a neutral shade always in your makeup bag. Because carrying around a bunch of lipsticks will only increase the load of your makeup kit.

Keep an eye out for expired products
 

Keep an eye out for expired products

Once a month, give your makeup bag a hygiene check. If your compact powder looks discoloured or the mascara smells musky or your hand cream has bubbles, then discard them ASAP! You don’t want your skin to suffer, do you?

Include multi-purpose products in your bag
 

Include multi-purpose products in your bag

Instead of carrying three different products, look for makeup that serves more than a single purpose. You can include the Lakmé 9 to 5 Weightless Matte Mousse Lip & Cheek Color in your vanity kit since it works as a lipstick as well as a cheek tint, so you don’t need to carry an extra blush palette along. Another product that can downsize your makeup bag is the Lakmé All In One Pan-Cake which serves as a foundation, compact and concealer all in one.