Lifestyle, Fashion and Beauty

9 November 2016

I was Stuck in a Makeup Rut - Heres how I got out without spending much

Post pregnancy and child birth I was always in short of time which limited my makeup experiments to a great extent. To save time and play safe I stuck to a makeup routine carving out a signature look . It was easy and worked great too, putting liner, kajal, a peach blush and MLBB lipstick and BAM ! I looked good but after a point it got boring . It was official I was stuck in a makeup rut.

I am a beauty enthusiast and I love indulging in makeup . Experimenting with looks comes naturally to me and so once I put my mind into breaking free of the beauty rut I actually succeeded and here I bring to you tips to freshen up your look without spending much.

How to get out of a Makeup rut and Keep it fresh this festive season

Make coloured liners your new best friend:

I used to  stick to kajal on eyes and black liner occasionally. But a year back I tried my sisters electric blue liquid liner and was shocked by how my eyes popped giving me a complete makeover of sorts. Coloured liners are super hot in trend and possess the ability to brighten up eyes and give them a sexy look. If you want to try new makeup looks try coloured liners as they dont involve any practice in application . If you are not  comfortable with bold bright colours then start off safe with browns, dark blue or olive greens which suit most Indian complexions. I recently brought coloured liners from coloressence which are total value for money. They are creamy, stay long and priced right.  I recommend you start off with this range.

Invest in makeup pallets:

The easiest way to get yourself to experiment with makeup is to invest in pallets. Lip and eye pallets offer you more options to try, sparking your creative cells in the process making you test a variety of colours helping you create new looks

Experiment with liner styles

If coloured liners really isnt your thing then get creative with your normal basic black liner. Try winged liner, double flicks, cat eye, angled liner, graphic liner and more. A differently applied black liner also has power to transform your look by huge leaps.

Explore new makeup techniques

How do you apply your makeup products? If you use a flat or stippling brush to apply a foundation then try a sponge for a change which give a more dewy finish. If you apply lipstick right from the bullet try using a lip brush for a more painted lips effect. This little change in technique will make a lot of difference on your overall look.

Look for inspiration and try new looks

You should be open to trying new ideas and looks to really break out of a makeup rut. You may stick to certain styles and colours because it suits your face type and complexion but when at home experiment a bit and you never know maybe something totally crazy can actually work for you. I thought the idea of an orange lip colour ridiculous but when I tested it out at a beauty store I HAD to get it. It looked fun and fresh. Also look for inspiration to create new looks, like from bollywood divas . I always use Cannes red carpet looks of Sonam and Aishwarya as inspiration with dramatic new looks.

Mix up lip colours:

This trick has been a game changer for me off late. I had so many lip colours in my collection but reached out only for 2-3 colours which I thought was just perfect shades for me. Most of my makeup products are purchased online and when I received them I wish they were a shade lighter or darker and then they got stashed away to be used very rarely. Last week I tried this super mix of two lip colours and it worked like charm giving me a MLBB shade of my dreams.
I  had purchased Loreal moist matte lipstick in Maple Mocha but it was a bit too deep and looked mature on me. I applied a coat of Revlon just bitten balm rendezvous on my lips and topped it with Maple mocha for a beautiful hue of brown. Now I cant stop wearing these two lip colours together. You can try something like this , try blending in two lip colours with a lip brush on your lips or just apply coats of two or three different lipsticks to create your own unique shade

Use lipsticks like a cream blush

I have just two cream blushes in my vanity and when I wanted to apply a peachy brown blush and ended up using my creamy lipstick as a cream blush. For dry skin cream blushes are best especially in summer to last all day and you can use your lipsticks to make your  own cream blushes. For detailed information on doing this see this video

Try new finishes

I was stuck in a 'love everything matte' phase and hates everything glossy especially on lips.  Infact the number of lip glosses in my collection is super low but it is important to change the finishes for breaking out of a makeup rut. I started topping up my matte lipsticks with a clear gloss for a glossy sheen and it dramatically changed and brightened up my look. After this successful experiment I also went on tried new finishes in eye liners and blushes. Glossy black liner, shimmery blushes, metallic liners all help you change things up a bit easily.

Have fun and experiment crazy:

You really need to enjoy playing with beauty products . Have fun and experiment your heart out with your existing makeup. I went on to try ombre lips with  my existing red and pink lipsticks and the result was pretty amazing. Next I tried two different green liners on my eyes for a dramatic hue and double line effect. I even used Maybelline hyper glossy gold liner like a creamy eyeshadow and it stayed all day long without creasing. When trying such bizarre experiments try sticking to one colour family and also keeping rest of your makeup and accessories simple.
You can even scout the internet or beauty magazines for latest beauty trends and try new makeup techniques like strobing, clown contouring, sandbagging etc. If you still dont use highlighters and bronzers, then start right away as they can change the look  and give you a sculpted face.

More tips to break out of the makeup rut

- The most important part of getting out of a rut is to prepare yourself mentally. Decide and plan your new makeup routine in advance and prepare yourself to move out of your comfort zone.
- Dont go around altering evrything in your beauty routine . Over experimenting will most probably land you in a hot patchy mess. Change one thing at a time and gradually get out of your regular routine.
- Inspire yourself to try new looks and get creative with colour play. For inspiration you can turn to you favourite celebrities, pinterest or even stuff around you. Like try a peacock inspired eye make up look or your ombre anarkali inspired lips.
- For changing thing you dont necessarily have to try new things , you can even try skipping some things from your normal routine. I skipped kohl and it turned out different and by the end of the day I dint even have panda kind of eyes. This proved to be game changer as I relaized kajal isnt really  an essential and I can make do without it. You can also go about skipping eye brow filling, lip pencil or mascara.
- Experimenting with new formulas and textures is also a nice idea to change things up while still playing safe. If you want to wear simple black liner try it in a gel form instead or liquid. Even for blushes and shadows try cream versions in the same clour you like.
- Dont ignore your nails . Go all out and experiment with new shades and finishes. Induge in nail art stickers, glitter paints and metallics.

Your current routine beauty look maybe amazing but that doesn't mean you shouldn't experiment  in fresh ideas. Try these simple tricks and break out of your shell  . Dig out of that makeup rut just like I did. Go now!

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