With so many people concerned about the lack of appropriate lighting when doing their makeup, it probably won’t come as a surprise that seven in ten (71%) check their makeup in another room or mirror to ensure that they’ve achieved a perfect result, and one in ten (12%) get someone else to check it for them – be that a partner, offspring or colleague.
Lighting Direct’s (UK) tips for getting the perfect makeup lighting:
1. Lumens, lumens, lumens – you need bright lighting to see the detail when applying makeup. Choose a lightbulb with around 1350lm (lumens) to provide enough brightness.
2. Step into the daylight – natural light is the best light for applying makeup, so choose bulbs that closely mimic daylight.
3. Use dimmers – if you’re applying makeup for a night out, then using a dimmer helps to ensure that your makeup will look great in a range of different lights.
4. Avoid downlights – downwards directional lights highlight wrinkles, bags, and skin issues making you look – and feel – instantly older, leading to inevitable makeup overcompensation.
5. Side to side – installing lights either side of where you apply your makeup, 90-100cm away from each other, with the radiance focused at eye level, will maximise the absence of shadows.