I’ve been in this beauty rut for a while now. Each morning before work, I put on the same face. Peachy cheek, taupe shadow, dark brown liner, black mascara. Lather, rinse, repeat.
While there’s a strong argument that 7 am is far too early for mustering makeup creativity, it’s also likely that laziness is a factor. I’m in that Late Winter Slump. (We chatted about this re: clothes before, yes?)
It’s time to take initiative and shake it up. Where to go for inspiration?
I usually hit the beauty blogs and glossy magazines; they’re a great place for finding something new or different to work into your look.
Whether it’s the how-to’s or the editorial photos, I’ll rip out what I like/want to try and slip it into a binder (7th grade flashback). So handy to pull out and reference on a Monday morning when I’m still sleepy and not in the mood to brainstorm beauty looks. The key is flipping to something work-appropriate (i.e., not a peacock-themed smokey eye).
Beauty blogs are also excellent places to mine ideas from. I love it when a blogger test drives a look and then posts pics of the results— or better yet, posts a how-to for viewers.
New products are always nice. One or two can help get you out of doing the same old, same old. My latest Beauty Lust List:
1. Oscar Blandi Pronto Invisible Volumizing Dry Shampoo Spray ($11)
2. Stila Custom Color Blush ($20)
3. Sultra The Bombshell Iron ($130)
4. Laura Mercier Silk Road Eye and Cheek Palette ($48)
5. OPI Do You Think I’m Tex-y? Polish ($8)
My current idea of a hair makeover consists of volumizing dry shampoo (1) and this killer curling clamp-less iron (3). Wind random sections of hair around the wand to create a curls, then add a little powder at the roots to keep the look slightly-mussed and a a little lived-in. Perfecto!
Nothing says spring like a fuchsia manicure (5) and a pop of pink on the cheeks (2). Stila’s custom blush is a pH-based powder that finds the perfect shade for your skin tone. Fresh and foolproof? I’m game.
Purple is a color I don’t use often enough. This palette from Laura Mercier offers endless purple possibilities (4). A deep smokey purple in the crease, or all over the lid for a more dramatic look. Another option is a light lavender wash, with a touch of mushroom-y taupe blended in to keep it from being too sweet.
Anyone else in Beauty Sameville with me? What are your tips for busting out?