What's your best advice for someone in a makeup rut?

First, depending on how long it’s been going on, it might just be a good time to take a break and enjoy it (rather than feel like you’re in a rut and getting upset about it). Second, I find experimenting with different color combinations/textures or pulling out products I haven’t used in awhile helps to inspire me. Third, browse platforms like Instagram for more creative/avant garde makeup–even if it’s not “wearable” to work or school doesn’t mean you can’t recreate and get your creative juices flowing!

— Christine
We hope you'll consider supporting Temptalia by shopping through our links below. Thanks!


Comments that do not adhere to our comment policy may be removed. Discussion and debate are highly encouraged but we expect community members to participate respectfully. Please keep discussion on-topic, and if you have general feedback, a product review request, an off-topic question, or need technical support, please contact us!

Please help us streamline the comments' section and be more efficient: double-check the post above for more basic information like pricing, availability, and so on to make sure your question wasn't answered already. Comments alerting us to typos or small errors in the post are appreciated (!) but will typically be removed after errors are fixed (unless a response is needed).

We appreciate enthusiasm for new releases but ask readers to please hold questions regarding if/when a review will be posted as we can't commit to or guarantee product reviews. We don't want to set expectations and then disappoint readers as even products that are swatched don't always end up being reviewed due to time constraints and changes in priorities! Thank you for understanding!

Comments on this post are closed.
We hope you'll consider supporting Temptalia by shopping through our links below. Thanks!

I find that by doing a weekly makeup basket, shopping my stash and rotating through my makeup keeps me from getting into a rut.

I often experiment with looks if I have free time at night before bed. I’ll try new color combinations or try to imitate looks I’ve seen. Sometimes it’s just for fun (like doing 1920s flapper makeup) and sometimes it will be coming up with new ideas for evening or daytime looks. If I do a a great look, I’ll write it down or take a picture, then wash it off. If it looks awful, no one else knows!

I have so many eyeshadow palettes that I rarely ever use, so I just started a new plan of using one neglected palette all week and changing the look every day. I normally tend to stick to the same few palettes and the same few shades within those palettes, so my new plan is challenging, fun, and creative. And it’s nice to be using these products that I’ve spent so much money on!

OMG that’s a brilliant idea, I had thought of it but that’s it. I may actually go through with it now 😉

And I agree, experimenting at night is super fun!!!

When I see myself getting a little too comfortable (lazy) with just throwing on pretty much the same looks day after day, or going days without even bothering to wear makeup, I force myself to get into my stash and just do something totally new and different from the same ol’ same ol’. Otherwise, the guilt eats me up, because I have hoarded far too much in the way of color cosmetics to not use it up! Unfortunately, I can seriously relate to those who fall into a rut caused by depression or feeling very overwhelmed by life. I understand all too well.

Although I wear simple very natural makeup (ok. I’m pale and afraid to over do it so when my family members tease me ‘wheres the makeup?’ I tell them I don’t want to look like my cockatiel. I have one! Lol). But I do change daily my eyeshadow colors, blushes and lipsticks, highliters. I keep it fun to myself. ☺️

Oops! Forgot to add, recommend person in a rut to go get a makeover with a really good artist. I need one myself! Always learn something new. Also don’t be afraid to try a new shade whether darker or lighter. On me nudes are a waste I look like a vampire but tried vampy shades and fell in love with a few! Who knew?! They look good on me a darker berry, wine. Love! Love! Cherry Bomb from WetnWild!

I think the most practical way of getting out of a makeup rut would be to experiment with either different eye shadow shades or lipsticks.
Firstly, I would shop my stash and reuse palettes or quads I haven’t looked at for awhile before purchasing any additional eyeshadows. I would suggest that you try one or two different combinations to see how you liked it. Rotating palettes is a good way to start the process.
Lipsticks are generally pretty easy to change and there are lots of inexpensive options, that are just as good as the more expensive ones to try.

Go on youtube and check out what different people are wearing! That is what got me out of a long rut! The imagination, colour and helpfulness in applying is all out there.?????

We try to approve comments within 24 hours (and reply to them within 72 hours) but can sometimes get behind and appreciate your patience! 🙂 If you have general feedback, product review requests, off-topic questions, or need technical support, please contact us directly. Thank you for your patience!