I came across this simple way to come up with different eyeshadow combinations and its really inspired me to come up with different and unique looks, so I thought I'd share this with you - because I know a lot of people go through the same "in-a-makeup-rut" phase every now and then.
Basically what I did, was I went through all my palettes and wrote down every single eyeshadow on a tiny slip of paper. I put all the slips of paper into a little jar (in my case, an empty q-tip holder). Whenever I have extra time to play around with make-up, or I'm in a rut, I'll pull out two or three of the slips of paper and create a look based on the eyeshadows that I pulled.
An example of combination I pulled, I would do Deep Truth all over the lid, with Carbon in the outer corner/crease OR Carbon all over the lid, with Deep Truth in the crease, or as liner or on the lower lashline.
This combination is a little harder, but maybe All That Glitters all over the lid, with Nocturnelle in the outer corner/crease with Sweet & Punchy in the tearduct and lower lashline OR Sweet & Punchy all over the lid, Nocturnelle in the outer corner/crease, and All That Glitters to highlight.It also helps me pull out some of the eyeshadows that I don't get a lot of use out of. Obviously, sometimes you'll pull a crazy combination that might not work, but that all goes with the process. I definitely find it helps pull me out of my "same-thing-over-and-over" phase.
This is just an idea for you guys to help utilize more of your collection, and also to inspire you to be more creative with your make-up!
Let me know if this works out for you, or if you do anything similar - I'd love to hear!
I also wanted to share this website. It lists TONS of combinations to use with specific MAC products.
If you aren't using MAC products, look up a MAC colour that is similar to the colour you have that you want to do a look with. It's a really great resource and there's literally thousands of different looks possible!