Beauty: Inspiring Images to Get You Out of Your Rut

I have been a professional makeup artist for 20 years, and even I get into a beauty rut at times. I can usually come up with something new for my clients, but when it comes to experimenting on myself, I get stuck...just like the rest of you.
Pinterest is one of the best inventions ever. I can get on there for hours, and I get such a charge out of the images I find.

Take a look at some of my recent favorites, and be sure to let me know if they inspired you to change up your day-to-day look!


I love the ombre technique used on her lips. It's a fresh new way to wear red lipstick, and it is very "in" right now!


This gorgeous gal has a classic smokey eye, but instead of the usual nude lip, she has glassy looking black. The effect is stunning. It seems like every cosmetic brand is selling "vinyl" lip glosses, but I just take carmex and mix it with some loose eye shadow, and it works the same way.



I love seeing redheads embrace their pale skin! This nude eye, orangey-red lip and cheek look is awesome.




This girl's eyes have been done in a technique I use a lot. She's got the classic black eyeliner, but a pop of color has been added to the inner corners of her eyes. Play around and use all sorts of bright colors. It's fun!


Fresh faced beauty is back in style! I love this gal's barely there makeup and bright orange lip. She looks put together and elegant, but not overdone.


A harsh black line added after doing a classic smokey eye really adds drama to your look. Try Maybelline's gel liner to get the look.



Gah! SPARKLY lips!!! Need I say more???? Love, love love!!!



This all gold look just screams summertime. 



Colored liquid liner is everywhere now. Grab a few that catch your eye and try them on. It's an easy way to add color without going overboard.



Remember girls...friends don't let friends get into a makeup rut! Share your best ideas here!!!!

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