My “office uniform” tends to be a neutral-colored pencil skirt on the bottom, and either a v-neck cashmere sweater or a blouse on top. Tops are either neutrals or jewel tones. 3″-4″ heels, generally in fairly classic styles (no trendy booties, thank you!) Two dozen pieces provides a lot of mixing and matching, and almost everything goes together. Belts, jewelry, and other accessories add a bit of “zing” and make the basic pieces look pulled together.
4 Bare Escentuals powders (2 colors, mineral vale, and “warmth”)
2 Bobby Brown eyeshadows (2 shades worn together, 2.5 years old and going strong!)
1 DiorShow mascara (black)
1 Revlon eyeliner (black)
1 lip gloss (clear, cheap, hydrating)
1 set good makeup brushes (stored upright in a nice holder)
That covers all the bases, and everything but the brushes fits in a small makeup bag. I really don’t see the need for multiples of items. A big makeup collection is bound to be cluttered with some dated or too-trendy items!