I either keep it super simple and use products that are cream-based or stains (tints, stains, etc.). If I want to wear more makeup, then I try to build things in layers (but nothing heavy overall) so there is a good foundation for the colors to be built on.
I have a few rolling carts with pull out drawers that I use for brands I don’t access as often (in the living room), and then I use an Ikea Besta system to house brands and products I access often (which has a home in my office). Just to field anticipated questions – I am not planning to show my makeup “collection” (which is more like the Temptalia Archives than my personal collection these days) at this time.
I don’t really pay much attention (or perhaps, I don’t put much weight on) seasonal trends beyond say lighter colors in spring, vibrant shades in summer, vampy shades in fall, reds for the holidays… but I don’t subscribe to bright line rules. I guess I’ll rock tropical colors no matter what season it is!
There are a few ingredients I watch for, but they tend to be in skincare or blushes. I wish I had the mental capacity to keep track of more ingredients, but it’s overwhelming!
With makeup, it’s an escape – it’s pretty, fun, and drama-free (well, it’s supposed to be!), so I like a product that impresses me on all fronts. With more affordable brands, sometimes packaging or textures are a little less refined. At the end of the day, I reach for the best products I own, whether they were $2 or $40.