That subtle and demure make-up you see in your bathroom mirror can make you look geisha-like in the bright light of day!
The secret of make-up is to enhance your looks in a subtle, natural way, unless you go all out for a dramatic evening look. You don’t want make-up to be too obvious, such as a demarcation line along your jaw where your foundation ends, neither do you want to leave the house with a harsh streak of too-dark or too-bright blush. Fading or running eye make-up is a related blunder.
The reason for these blunders is usually that we apply make-up in dim or indirect light. ‘Natural light reflects colour in its true form, so it’s a good idea to step outside, but not in direct sunlight,’ advises Riëtte Van Tonder, education executive for Clinique SA.
‘Check your make-up in natural light to avoid mistakes that may look fine in your bathroom’s light,’ says Linda O’Connell, a make-up artist. ‘Try to have a mirror near your bedroom window so you can check your make-up.’
When you’re out on the town, partying all night, your make-up can start to run while you’re none the wiser! If you’re planning a big night out, do it right. Don’t put moisturiser near your eyes and set pencil liner with a little dab of translucent powder to ensure it stays in place.