Recently, reader mishanyc wondered what kind of artificial lighting is best for applying makeup. And now that the topic's been covered (it turns out light that mimics sunlight is the go-to light), let's delve into makeup lighting a bit deeper. Ever feel like you look amazing when you walk out of the door in the morning, but when you get to the office, your complexion looks pale and sallow? To find out how to look sick (in the good sense), and not sick (as in ill) at work, just read more.
- 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.