- Fluorescent lighting: Tends to wash out the skin or give it a bluish-green tone, which can bring out imperfections in the face. It can also make makeup look too heavy-handed.
- To counterbalance harsh effects: Invest in a makeup mirror that has an "office setting" like Conair's Illumina Collection lighted mirror ($31), and opt for a foundation that has warmer undertones. Foundation that's too pink can look ruddy under bright fluorescent lighting.
- Au naturel: Consider going without foundation; a bit of concealer may be all you need.
- And as for color: In lieu of too-bright hues, choose sheer, natural-toned shades, like peaches and roses. Skip the black eyeliner; it can look too heavy, as can anything too blue or gray.
- But don't get too warm: Overly earthy, warm pigments found in many bronzers or beige-hued shadows can actually look muddy under office bulbs. Think warm, but sheer.
- Something else to think about: Powdery products can look dull and cakey beneath that buzzing fluorescent light. For a luminous touch, stay hydrated, be sure to moisturize, and consider using creamy-based makeup products instead.