Makeup can be more beautiful or look dreadful under different types of lighting. Did you know there’s actually such a thing as applying makeup appropriately for certain types of light? Here are a few tips to help you perfect this art.
Sunshine or Nighttime? This is the first thing that you need to consider. Will you be facing natural light or stay indoors most of the time? Sunlight is beautiful with makeup, so you have to make the most of it. You can get makeup mirrors that mimic natural light closely. These range from hundreds of dollars to just a few bucks. Others would even have multiple settings.
Light Bulbs The type of bulb also makes a difference. Everything will look better under a yellow bulb they say, but be careful with other colours since they could make your makeup look unflattering. LED bulbs are fine since they give out a clean, powerful light. However, they can be a bit flat so stick with the “warm” tones when working under these lights. When buying bulbs for your makeup area, try to get the "natural light” or "daylight spectrum" bulbs. Most bulb types, even new LED light bulbs, have these kinds of bulbs.
Light Position Backlights or overhead lights? Considering where the light is placed can help you play around with the shadows that could be cast. When you apply makeup, there should be a light source that illuminates the front of the face. If you put on your makeup with a lot of shadows or bad lighting, it’s going to look different when you step out.
Where to Go? When applying makeup, you should also think about where you’re going. Office lights give a different effect compared to candlelight. You can always change the colour of your eyeshadow and make it darker or put on a darker lip colour to give a more dramatic transformation, so bring around an extra colour palette.