Apply Your Lipstick in the Backyard: How to Utilize Light Sources for Makeup

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For your makeup to look as natural as possible, you need to apply it in a properly-lit area. The wrong lighting can make you look unnatural and cause you to overlook unsightly marks.

Realistically, the best lighting to apply your makeup with is natural light. However, since the sun isn’t available 24 hours a day, we must find more attractive options for lighting.

In order to effectively apply your makeup, you need light that shines on your entire face so that none of your features cast any shadows. Never try to do your makeup under a big chandelier, or other hanging fixture. Instead, opt for makeup vanity mirrors and

Use:

Natural Light
The general rule is that you should always do your makeup with natural light. Unfortunately, when I get ready in the morning it’s usually still dark outside. Not until I did my makeup on my <a href="http://www.homedepot.com/Outdoors-Patio-Furniture/h_d1/N-5yc1vZbx4o/h_d2/Navigation?langId=-1"patio furniture while my daughter was playing that I realized how beneficial natural light is.

If you have a skylight or a big window in your home, set your makeup station nearby. The closest thing to using natural light is using a lit vanity mirror. They mimic natural light and most usually only cost about $20. Higher end vanity mirrors can run you up to $200.

Soft Lighting
Soft lighting provides the area with a “glow” that is similar to natural sunlight. Choose a soft, natural bulb for your lighting. Full spectrum light bulbs and halogen lamps are both highly recommended for makeup lovers. Specifically, Reveal bulbs by General Electric (GE). It contains neodymium, which filters out yellow undertones.

Other types of bulbs like warm medium whites and soft whites can give your face a yellow hue, which will only frustrate you. Most light bulbs will say what the undertone of the light is.

Multiple Light Sources
Adding more than one light can help correct issues that come with shadows. When using overhead lighting, for example, even the tiniest wrinkle can cast a shadow on your face.

The most ideal setup for multiple lights is to use two lights, one on each side of your face. If you are using a centered vanity mirror, you can also include two additional light sources. Always be sure that all of your lighting is equally spaced.

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Marie Ortiz is a staff writer for DIYMother.org and a proud mother of two. She enjoys drugstore makeup finds and trying new products.
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