Does Your Makeup Bag Need a KonMari Makeover?

By: Jennifer Post
Estimated Completion Time
5 min
Does Your Makeup Bag Need a KonMari Makeover?
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About This Quiz

If you haven't heard of KonMari, well, that's a whole separate issue. But if you have, and you've binged "Tidying Up" on Netflix, and you know the stylings and rules of Marie Kondo's organization method, then you more than likely know what you need to be doing in order to keep your stuff organized. This method can be applied to clothes, books and even home decor. The one place that people may not think KonMari applies is to your makeup bag. How could it? After all, you can't fold your makeup like you do clothes, and you don't line items up like you do books. 

Basically, the way to KonMari your makeup bag is to take everything out of it and lay it down on a flat surface so you can see everything. Then, go through each item to first make sure it isn't expired. Even if it brings you joy, expired makeup can't make it through the process. Once everything you have is up to date, pick up every piece and see if it brings you joy. Like, real joy. If it does, it can stay. If it doesn't it has to go. Multiples of the same product must also go. 

Do you think your makeup bag needs a KonMari makeover? Take this quiz to find out!

How many episodes of "Tidying Up" have you seen?
I watched the whole season in one day.
I watched a few.
I got the gist from the internet.
All it took was one episode.

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Be honest. How many individual makeup items do you have?
Probably 40
I stopped counting at 100.
10
Four that I use every day

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Is your makeup bag portable?
I have my emergency makeup bag that is.
Maybe as carry-on luggage
Totally!
It actually fits inside my purse.

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Do you enjoy putting on makeup?
It soothes me.
I don't not enjoy it.
I really enjoy it when I have somewhere to go.
It's fun to play around with different looks.

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Do you use makeup as a form of expression?
I just use it to look less tired.
I think that's exactly what makeup should be used for.
Sometimes. It depends on my mood.
Nah, I have a pretty simple look.

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Can you go to beauty stores and leave empty-handed?
I've done it a time or two.
No, I think I'm physically incapable of that.
Yeah, absolutely
I barely even go to beauty stores.

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On average, how much money do you spend on makeup every month?
I'm ashamed to say.
Close to $200
I'd say between $50 and $75, depending on what runs out and when.
Maybe $20

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What else in your life have you tried to organize?
My bookshelf took a serious redo.
My wardrobe. I kept way more than I probably should have, but I got rid of a lot.
My kitchen tools
Definitely my shoes

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Does anyone tell you that you have too much makeup?
Sometimes, but they're just jealous
Pretty much every day
Nah, not really
If anything, people wonder how I get by with so little makeup.

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Which makeup item can you not live without?
Foundation
Mascara
Tinted moisturizer
Lip balm

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If makeup didn't exist, what else would you collect?
Hair accessories
Nail polish
I'm not much for collecting; it creates clutter.
Hair brushes

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Does the amount of makeup you have reflect any other tendencies in your life?
Probably, but I don't want to get into it.
Yeah, I spend a lot of money on seemingly useless things.
That I don't put a ton of effort into physical appearance
I like minimalism.

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Do you have a makeup brand that you refuse to branch off from?
I'll buy any brand that has products I believe in.
Yes, I stick with one brand loyally.
I have one that I like, but I have no problem branching out.
Nope, I'm all over the place.

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How long does it take you to get your makeup fully done in the morning?
30 minutes
Upwards of an hour if I do the full routine
Like 20 minutes
No more than 10 minutes

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Do you have products for a variety of makeup looks?
I have things that add spice to my normal routine.
I have products for about five different looks.
Pretty much just the one
I'll wear eyeliner if I'm feeling special.

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If you had a job in the makeup industry, which type of job would you have?
Celebrity makeup artist
I'd probably work at Ulta or something.
I'd be the creator of a makeup line.
YouTube influencer

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Do you have adequate skincare products to balance out all of the makeup you wear?
I have an entire routine.
I have, like, a 10-step process.
Makeup remover is crucial.
Gentle cleanser and moisturizer do the trick.

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Does your makeup routine require more than one type of eyelash item?
I have a lash primer.
I use a serum to lengthen my eyelashes.
Nope, just the mascara
Sometimes I curl my eyelashes.

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Has anyone ever complained to you about how much makeup you wear?
I don't need that kind of negativity in my life.
My boyfriend does when it gets on his clothes.
Only if it's not done well for some reason
Yes, but only when I experiment with lipstick colors

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If you were given $100 to spend on makeup, what one item would you spend it on?
Airbrush foundation
A high-end eyeshadow palette
All the lipsticks
I'd go with vegan products.

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How old were you when you first started wearing makeup?
12
I was 15.
I didn't really start until I was around 18.
I experimented since I was about 8.

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Do you have to increase the size of your makeup bag often?
Every few months or so
I just gave up on bags altogether and moved to shelves.
Nope. I just get a new one of the same size when it gets dirty.
I've had the same bag for over five years.

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What item do you add to your makeup routine for a special occasion?
I contour the heck out of my face.
Long-lasting lipstick
Blush
Liquid eyeliner

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Do you use products like highlighter and contour powder?
Only for special occasions
Every day
I used highlighter a few times.
Nope, haven't tried them

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Can you perfect the classic cat eye look?
I really try my best.
I think I really have perfected it.
I usually don't wear eyeliner.
On a really good day, I can.

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Is your current makeup collection organized in any way?
Nope, it's all just thrown in there.
I try to, but it doesn't last very long.
I don't have enough to really organize.
I try to keep the stuff I use most often on the top.

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Do you apply makeup with brushes or your fingers?
Depends on the type of makeup
Brushes for everything
I always use my hands.
I apply bronzer and blush with brushes, but that's it.

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Which of your makeup products is the most unnecessary?
Primer
Eyelash curler
Highlighter
Setting spray

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Do you do your makeup even if you aren't going anywhere?
Yeah, I like to look put together.
I use that as practice time.
I might wear just tinted moisturizer and mascara.
I go clean faced if I'm not going anywhere.

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Where do you buy most of your makeup?
Online
A popular beauty store
The drugstore
A combination of all of the above

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