The sun might be out ’til pushing 10pm right now, but increased daylight doesn’t necessarily mean optimum makeup lighting.
In fact a recent survey of 488 people by Lighting Direct found that 77% of women are applying their makeup in poor lighting and are unhappy with their lighting situation, with 71% having to check their face in another room to approve their application.
Dud lighting is resulting in us using too much foundation and uneven eye makeup according to said survey – and this needs to stop immediately.
Of course, the sample size is pretty small, so the results may not be representative of the general makeup-wearing public.
It’s also worth noting that the study was done by a lighting company, so it’d make sense that they’d recommend changing up your application in the form of a bunch of new lights.
But hey, it’s still good to know how lighting can affect our makeup application – and how to get the best lighting possible.
So where is the optimum place to do your makeup? Well it’s definitely not the bathroom (although 42% of those surveyed did it there).
Kathryn Middleton from Lighting Direct says: ‘We were surprised to find that so many people do their makeup in the bathroom: aside from the obvious steamy mirror issue, most bathrooms have extremely harsh lighting that can drain colour from the face.’ That’s us told.
‘It’s much better to try and replicate natural daylight wherever you apply your makeup as then you’ll see your finished ‘result’ in the type of light that other people will see you in too.’
If you’re unable to sit in actual perfect daylight, then there are a few ways to mimic it.
Firstly, you’ll need a lightbulb with around 1350lm (lumens) to provide enough brightness.
Next, avoid overhead lighting, as this highlights things like wrinkles and eyebags – how sexy. This immediately makes us overcompensate with makeup cover them.
You can also install lightbulbs either side of your makeup area about 100cm apart for the most optimum makeup lighting set up. Aha – those diva-style lightbulb-dazzled dressing room mirrors are making a lot more sense now.
Of course, you could always get the best possible application on the cheap by actually getting outside the house, sitting in the garden, and doing your makeup in actual, real-life daylight. Just an idea.