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How to beat a beauty rut

Sometimes, I feel like I can do my makeup with my eyes closed. That’s because I’ve been doing it everyday for years, and because I also frequently use the same products. While it’s great to have a few favorite makeup items and go-to products, it can also mean feeling like you’re stuck in a beauty rut. If you’re looking to shake things up a notch, try these five tips!

Stalk Bloggers

Whether I’m in a style rut or a beauty rut, one of the first things I do to get creatively inspired again is start stalking the web. That means checking out what some of the hottest beauty bloggers are up to, perusing Pinterest boards, and digesting YouTube videos like crazy. Yes, magazines are great for this too (and my next tip), but trends are often shared online first so I go straight to the source. Also, sometimes what beauty bloggers are willing to try is a little bit riskier than mainstream media!

Consume Magazines

Sure, I mentioned going the online route first, but that doesn’t mean bypassing magazines altogether! Fashion and beauty magazines are still one of my top sources for some creative inspiration. As much as you can go to your local makeup store and peruse the pretty colors, seeing the finished product in a magazine is a whole different ballgame. Next time you’re feeling a beauty rut coming on, tear out a few pages of new looks you love in your favorite magazine. Start a collection of your favorite looks and when you’re ready, head to the store and start stocking up on new colors to try!

Switch Your Lipstick

One of the quickest ways to instantly update your makeup look is to replace your favorite lipstick. No, there’s nothing wrong with having a “go-to” shade, but it’s fun to perk things up every once in a while! Are you always swiping on something sheer and afraid of color? Head straight to the makeup counter and pick up something red! Are you a lip gloss-only girl? Experiment with lipstick, instead! When it comes to lip color, I definitely recommend going to a makeup counter where you can sample the product before purchasing. If you’re looking for red, tangerine or another bold new shade, have the makeup expert there direct you in the right direction for some colors that will complement your skin tone.

Swap Your Eyeshadow

There are a few eyeshadow palettes that I’d be happy to have forever and never need to buy a different kind again. But that isn’t exactly fun, now is it? Shake things up a notch by swapping out your favorite neutral shades and embracing a little bit of color. Summer is the perfect time to step outside your comfort zone and play with unexpected shades like peaches and greens. If you aren’t quite sure what looks you’d like to create, search for eyeshadow palettes that have complementary shades already paired together!

Get a Makeover

I left this one for last because of one reason: it’s the easiest way to go. Plop by any makeup counter and tell them your woes and more likely than not, the beauty whiz there can recreate one (or several!) looks for you instantly. They can teach you techniques, tell you about the latest trends and show you a few new tricks to try while keeping you in your comfort zone. Plus, if you like the looks you can instantly stock up right there! It’s a win-win situation for everyone and probably the easiest way to beat any beauty rut.

What are your favorite tricks for beating a beauty rut?

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Lauren Stewart
By: Lauren Stewart

Lauren Stewart is a freelancer writer from Michigan. She enjoys writing about beauty, health and fitness! She is passionate about learning new ways to take control of her health and wellness and is a makeup and skincare junkie! You can contact her by emailing