Welcome back to the dark side, and by that I mean I’ve returned my blog to its usual black and white state as opposed to the pink during Valentine’s. I think I have a hangover from all the sugar. This is what happens when you buy candy “to take pictures for your blog” and just eat it all.
Anyways today I wanted to talk about beauty ruts. A couple of weeks ago I was feeling a bit stuck in my makeup look. I had been wearing what felt like the same look for a long time and needed to mix it up. I think its part of that mid-winter blues. Around this time of year I always get tired of all my clothes and my hair (to be fair I really needed a haircut, it had almost been a year, but fear not I got it cut now) and this year it extended to my makeup.
So I consulted with my secret weapon, aka makeup guru, Sephora employee and friend extraordinaire Kelly – to help me get out of this funk. And it worked! I didn’t want to write a post about how I was stuck in a makeup rut I wanted to find my way out to the other side and then give you guys suggestions. So here goes:
Switch up your colours
For awhile I was kind of afraid to wear bold lipsticks. Then I got much more into it and was fully embracing it. But the rut I was in was feeling like my face was just too done so a bold lip and a bold eye and a strong blush? Maybe needed to loosen it up a little. Kelly suggested I try switching up my lipstick and eyeshadow. So I started to notice what other people were doing, watching their snaps a little closer and staring at their instagrams just a little longer (maybe even zooming in). I took my inspiration from that and started trying more pink lipsticks (I had been all about the berry tones and the reds) and going for a bit of a lighter pink or more neutral eye. Which brings me to my next point…
Go more neutral
I’ve noticed that a lot of people are going more neutral. Maybe they were all feeling the same fatigue that I was with a full heavy face of makeup. Looks are becoming more neutral and natural as the norm. So I tried to lean into this a bit. For work I like to feel my best and feel like my face is done, so natural makeup to me feels like wearing a well-loved t-shirt to work. You can like how you look but it’s too undone. So instead I went for some more neutral colours. Some light pinks on my eyes really softened my face and made the whole thing seem different. Oh and I also picked a lighter blush tone. All techniques I might save for summer but it made me feel more light and airy.
Buy a makeup set
If you’re really stuck then try buying a makeup set. This was the best advice Kelly gave me. You can check out some options here here and here oh and also here. I also suggested some in my gift guides. Depending on how big your makeup collection is you might not need to go out and buy new items to get out of your rut. But either way a set is a great way to try new things, they’re often in mini sizes so you can try the brand or the colours out without fully committing to one thing. Experimentation will definitely help with a rut.
Have you ever felt like this before? How did you get out of your makeup rut? Let me know! I need tips because it will inevitably happen again. Especially as I’m trying to save money.