Do you keep track of what products you've used in looks?

I really try to! There are some days that I test and my eyes are being sensitive–too red or just feeling sensitive to light–where I won’t take photos of what I’m testing, but I do keep track most of the time since I need to keep track of wear times and the like!

— Christine
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In a way! I have an Insta where I post my makeup looks and list everything out in the description, so I inadvertently keep track that way.

I always mean to and always forget! I need to remember, first of all, to pick up a little spiral notebook the next time I’m at a dollar store and then remember to USE it!!! (but getting the book is the first hurdle – I just never remember and with so many stores and other businesses closed, I’ve just not been to a dollar store in ages).

I used to – had a spreadsheet and everything. I like Celesta’s idea of a makeup Instagram, might try that.

If it turns out really well, I certainly do best to do so! Sometimes that’s very easy. Other times, not so much. Especially if I’ve dipped into several palettes because I got carried away on a creativity bender!

I have a notebook with looks from tutorials and some Christine’s color stories written down. Everything is indexed by palette. It helps a lot when I am rushed or I’m not feeling creative to pick an eyeshadow look from the notebook! If anything ever happened to it I’d be in trouble. It’s easier to use the notebook than my phone when I’m doing my makeup. No worry about dropping or screen going dark!

Makeup for me is like cooking.. I cannot resist messing with a recipe.. I sometimes try to make mental note of a particular look I’ve loved to wear again, but I invariably end up off on another tangent.

Like the shrimp newburg recipe aka major midcentury moment I just ate? My gizzards aren’t what they once were… mild mal a la foie. Should have gone with more sherry and brandy, lol, to cut the half and half.

No – I don’t bother doing that at all. However I have some tops that I use specific eyeshadow palettes for – eg I use the Maybelline Burgundy Bar for when I am wearing tops that have the burgundy shade in it. And I always use the same shades. Another favourite is Dior’s Bonne Etoile and I use the mint and teal shades when I have those colours in a couple of summer tops. Ditto for olive shades, neutral and black/gold shades – I use specific palettes.

I take inspiration from magazines, screen shots from Instagram and some of Christine’s creations so most of the time I’m just winging it so I’m not usually taking notes. But I do have books from Rae Morris, Scott Barnes, Kevyn Aucoin and Bobbi Brown and I have bookmarked the looks that have worked for me and have become some of my go to looks. I like it when Celesta puts her looks on Instagram, maybe some day if I’m looking really good I’ll do it lol!

Back when I wore makeup every day and did creative looks, I’d photograph them and post on my IG with my products used. I haven’t done that in almost a year, though.

Not normally, but ever since my state (Ohio) first entered its early-pandemic lockdown last spring, I’ve been keeping what I call a coronavirus beauty diary-a Word document (no photos) where I list every look I’ve worn every day. In the early days it was a way to keep the lockdown days from all blending together. I also have a note at the top, before the actual beauty record starts, where I explain the diary’s purpose and list selected events of historical importance. I don’t know if I’ll keep beauty diaries up after the pandemic ends, but I may end up making occasional notes of looks I particularly like. Call that document Post-Pandemic Beauty Notes, maybe?

Guys! An easy, made-for-organizing app for this exact purpose is “Snupps.” It lets you take pictures and group them together, add notes. You scroll through it as you do with Instagram, and you can share or keep it private. I use this to organize my swatches/looks/nail art stuff.

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