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I choose colours that I haven’t used in while at random and combine them on my hand to get inspired or I challenge myself to try a colour in a new way and put it over swatches of every base I have on the backs of my hands to see what “new” colours I can make out of it.

Look at magazine pictures.
I haul out some crappy product that it packed away cos i hated it, and try and make it work with my current collection.
This usually sparks alot of creativity in me, and although i may not LOOK so different, I know i changed a technique or a colour, and invariably i start using my current things differently, and then carry on using them from there. (not necessarily with the old product, its more of a catalyst)
*If that makes sense*

I leave it alone until I come across a muse. It gives the ideas and creativity time to simmer. When I do pick up a brush it’s great because I have so many looks to try.

I like to go online and get inspired by other people who like makeup. Your site is good for inspiration. 🙂 There are also some great website forums out there that have tutorials that inspire me as well. Or, I might look at one of my women’s magazines.

I go through my entire collection and remind myself of how much makeup I have and then go pick up stuff I didnt care for before.

I hardley get stuck in a rut cuz my skin, hair, and life all change. Being a MAC addict helps too since there’s always new stuff!

With all the new MAC lines coming out every month, it’s hard to be in a rut lol! But I usually go on YouTube and makeup blogging sites to look for different combos of colors I already own.

I ask my son or friends what color I should wear the next day. They usually suggest a look I wore before that they liked. I often lay awake in the night thinking about what colors to wear the next day…it’s a problem! I have to wear black to work, but I can wear a color underneath so I usuallly match some part of my eyeshadow to my clothes or just do some crazy stuff. I love Drag Queen makeup (yes!), it is so interesting to me, but I obviously tone it down a bit! I will wear any color eyeshadow so I usually try not to repeat the same color a week. If I really want to change it up I do bold pink or red lips and a more subtle eye color.

I play with my makeup and usually come up with combos that I would never have thought of before 🙂

It sounds almost ridiculous but I look around the house for inspiration, even if it’s as something as silly as looking at the Pringles can hahaha. I actually had Cheddar Cheese Pringles in the house and have been wanting to play around with an orangey look now. So that’s where I get my inspiration…from my house I mean, not Pringles cans hehe =]

alice, that’s so weird! i ate cheetos at lunch today and the orange powder on my fingers made me think of BRIGHT orange eyeshadow! now i gotta think of an orange-complementary outfit for work tomorrow 🙂

i also usually look online, or in magazines (i love INSTYLE and glamour) for inspiration as well.

When I get into a makeup rut, I go on a no-buy and have a “stash rediscovery” phase where I go through my drawers of goodies until I find something that I thought was long forgotten, fall in love with it all over again, and well…I’m out of the rut!

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