Do’s And Don’ts For Makeup Lighting

September 22, 2017

Everyone hates it when they do their makeup, decide it looks great, and then walk past another mirror later on and notices a foundation line on their chin, or that their contour is less than perfect. The right lighting when applying your makeup could be the difference between looking flawless and looking patchy, so you have to get it right. If you just follow these simple do’s and don’ts, you should be just fine.

Don’t Light From Overhead

Overhead lights cast shadows over your wrinkles, eye sockets, and under your chin. This is incredibly counterproductive for makeup application, as it may cause you to add more or less makeup than is necessary for these places, which will make your face appear patchy.

Do Use A Lighted Mirror

Whether inside or out, lighted mirrors are great at illuminating any shaded areas of the face that could need a little more or a little less coverage. When you’re inside, especially in your bathroom, when you have little natural light, a lighted mirror is a great idea for this. There are plenty of websites, such as Bathroom Takeaway, which have a range of illuminated bathroom mirrors for you to check out.

Don’t Use One Light

Using only one light will illuminate your face from only one angle, which doesn’t accurately reflect natural light outside. This could cause you to miss putting foundation on areas of your face and make you look patchy. Using a few lights, especially ones coming from different angles is the best way to represent light outside. Side lighting, which you can put on the edges of mirrors, works well at lighting your face from every angle, and essentially works as a lighted mirror.

Do Use Natural Light

Natural light is always the best option when applying makeup, as it gives a more accurate picture of what your makeup is going to look like outside. Make sure that all of the curtains and blinds are open in your room when you apply your makeup, and try to apply when the sun is bright and can illuminate your entire face. If possible, try applying your makeup in the garden, or a conservatory if you have one, and see if this gets you more flawless results.

Don’t Use Fluorescent Lights

Fluorescent lights can make your skin appear to have an unhealthy skin tone, which could result in you adding much more foundation than is necessary and appear orange and cakey. This isn’t a good look for anyone, so avoid fluorescent lights at all costs.

Do Use White Light

Bulbs that produce a white light are often referred to as “daylight bulbs”. This is because they are very similar to natural light outside. As already mentioned, natural light is always best for makeup application, so using white light bulbs is always the best option if natural light isn’t available.


If you follow these simple lighting tips, your makeup should look flawless every single day of the week, so you now have no excuse for sporting the forbidden foundation line on your chin.

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2 responses to “Do’s And Don’ts For Makeup Lighting”

  1. Sophie says:

    This is such a helpful post! Lighting is everything when it comes to make up!

    Sophie xx // One Unique

  2. Lighting is so important! Natural lighting is the best! xx

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