The best lighting for flawless makeup application
Picture this: it’s a gorgeous day, you’re out to lunch with friends and pop off to the bathroom only to find a confronting site in the mirror – it’s not the face you remember applying that morning in your bedroom. Sound familiar? We’ve all been there (eeek harsh unblended foundation lines…you know the ones.)
Blame it on the bulb!
Don’t fret – the problem isn’t your makeup skills but rather the lighting. Fluorescent lights can see us unintentionally cake too much on whereas a dimly lit room can mean not enough coverage!
We break down the best and worst lighting for makeup because our faces (and your new Hourglass highlighting palette) deserve better.
Kiwi supermodel @georgiafowler knows a thing or two about the right bathroom lighting .
Fluorescent lighting: AKA supermarket lighting, it’s just not kind to anyone – not even our girl crush Margot Robbie, who can do no wrong, could rock this lighting. Overly bright lights are unforgiving and extremely unflattering as they cause you to overdo it with foundation, concealer, bronzer and blush in attempts to conceal imperfections and compensate for your lack of colour.
Downlighting: These lights literally shine down on your wrinkles, hollowed areas, spots and pigmentation casting unflattering shadows in areas you really don’t need them. You’ll also likely overdo it with application – if you don’t give up leaving the house and curl up in a ball of insecurity first! Try not to let your reflection get to you…lighting can be cruel.
Rosy lighting: These are the unsuspecting lights to watch out for! In theory they’re amazing – they make your complexion look glowing and healthy but we hate to break it to you, it’s not all roses. Unfortunately, they create a falsely radiant complexion so we tend to ease up on the concealer only to realise later at lunch that we totally missed a beast of a blemish. They’re essentially the ‘skinny mirrors’ of lighting.
Natural light: Without a doubt, the best condition for seamless makeup application is a warm or natural light source. Natural sunlight provides the most accurate reflection of your face. While we can’t control the weather, an overcast day is ideal.
Daylight LEDs: For when natural light isn’t possible or it’s past sundown, fake it till you make it! Daylight LEDs are the next best thing as they mimic natural light. When positioned correctly (because it’s not just about the light itself!) they evenly distribute light across the face.
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Have a dark bathroom?
While sophisticated, they don’t do wonders for your makeup. Enter backlit mirrors – the answer to all your problems. In addition to emitting a soft glow and warm ambience, these mirrors won’t cast shadows in unforgiving areas, making them great for makeup application.
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