Makeup is a hell of a drug. Who among us hasn’t set foot in a Sephora under the guise of “just browsing,” only to momentarily black out and emerge laden with a haul of trinkets? (And a dent in one’s checking account.) Cosmetics are fun to use and easy to purchase—too easy, in some cases, as anyone with an overflowing makeup drawer can attest to. Those lip stains and liquid liners can pile up fast, yet the temptation to keep chasing the latest limited-edition goods and shiny new releases can be hard to shake off.
If you’ve ever felt like you needed to pump the brakes on your makeup-spending habits, but you find it excruciatingly difficult to resist the magnetic force of the beauty counter, you’re not alone: Plenty of beauty enthusiasts and bloggers have found ways to set their sights on what’s already in their cosmetics collection, rather than splurging again and again on new products. Below, a handful of tips to help pause the spending and, instead, “shop your stash” to rediscover what you already have. Who knows? Your next holy grail might just be tucked away in a forgotten corner of your vanity already. Let the thrill of the hunt begin.