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Stuck in a makeup rut? – Here’s how to dig yourself out

Getting into a rut is never good. Yes, ruts can be comfortable and safe, but they also prevent us from exploring and possibly finding something better. Makeup ruts are some of the worst because our faces are typically on full display. Of course, it’s glaringly obvious when someone hasn’t changed their makeup routine since shoulder pads and acid wash were in fashion (the first time around), but if you’re thinking, “That’s not me!” don’t get too cocky. Not all makeup ruts are immediately apparent. You may be stuck in one and not even realize it.

Sometimes you just don’t know when you’re trapped. I’ve been there. There have been times when my makeup routine became so automatic that I wasn’t trying anything new. It wasn’t that I looked weird or outdated (I think), but it was all very expected and unexciting. It’s good to change things up from time to time and admitting you’re in a rut is the first step to getting out. If you think you might currently be in one, here is your intervention:

Do some research:

If you suspect you’ve been stuck for a long time then you may be pretty out of touch with current makeup trends. Pick up a few magazines or surf some beauty sites to get an idea of what’s currently going on in the world of cosmetics and take note of looks you like. Once you have a few favorites, figure out what it is you like about them. That should give you some idea of what to try.

A bit more inspiration:

If you’re still not sure what you want to change, try looking a little closer to home. Do you have any friends who always look great? co-workers whose style you’ve always admired? Figure out what it is you like about their looks or, if you’re brave enough, ask them about their makeup routines and products they use.

Know your options:

There are a lot of great ways to switch up your makeup. You can try a new color in a product you already use. You can use a product you currently own in a new way. You can use a completely new product, but with a technique you already know or you can use the new product in a new way. There are also a lot of products that come in different finishes. A simple way to branch out a little is to try a new one, like a matte formula instead of your usual gloss or a shimmer instead of your regular cream color.

Don’t go crazy:

After a bit of research you may be all pumped up to completely revamp your look, but tread carefully. While keeping things fresh is a good thing, going from basic neutrals to a face-full of neon is probably not the best idea, even if brights are in style. Choose a couple new products or techniques you want to try. Give one a shot one day and the other the next. This way you’ll be better able to gauge whether or not you like the look. Also, if you receive any compliments on your makeup you’ll know what they are referring to.

It’s fun to break out of your shell a little. Remember, your current look may be attractive and totally work for you, but that doesn’t mean that there isn’t something better out there (or at least just as good, but in a new way). Take a little step out of your makeup comfort zone and see where it takes you. It won’t work every time, but you’ll find a few great surprises along the way and have a lot of fun too. You never know – you might become the one others start looking to for new makeup ideas.

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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