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Has anyone seemingly ever had your makeup perfect, looks gorgeous in the mirror, but go outside and it looks absolutely terrible or go inside a building and look ghastly?



 
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Hi,

Oh absolutely. Especially when I started really getting into makeup and trusting the muas at the m/u counters (back when I was in my early 20s). I then began studying my own face and quickly realized that trying to find a foundation match for my own skin was not going to be easy. Through tons of trials and errors, I evetually got it right.

 
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I find what happens even more often is that I think it looks good and then I have photos taken and the flash shows up all my concealer and highlighter, LOL.

I have been told by a makeup artist who specialised in weddings that for perfect photos, foundation etc needs to be a little bit darker that it would be normally.

I find that if I use natural light rather than artificial then my makeup looks much more natural when I go outside. Hope this helps
good luck!

 
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We have fluorescent lights at work and when I go into the ladies room and look in the mirror I am horrified! I was told at the Prescriptives and every other make-up counter I am cool skin toned, but cool make-up looks ghostly on me and warm make-up looks dirty on me.

 
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I don't think it look horrible but in different lighting it will look different.

 
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If I try something new... I always do a natural light and a camera test (with and without flash)

 
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Yep, defintely defintely. I always try to put my makeup on with natural light, then double check with light on inside. It's always hard. Best chance to get it right - go lightly on the makeup!

 
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I think of this every time I walk into the bathroom at my work.
Very discouraging, LOL.

BTW, I love your icon! XD I can't wait until that movie comes out! Woot, woot for new princesses!


 
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this used to happen to me all the time! thanks goodness i've finally found my hg foundations that work for me inside and outdoors. a good suggestion would be to go to the prescriptives counter and get a color match. this is great because they'll tell you your undertones and help you pick a shade. they even let you go outdoors to see how it works in natural light. this process changed the way i look at makeup and well worth the time and expense. hope this helps!

 
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Aww, the power of lighting.

The trick in photos is to make foundation 'warmer', not darker.. (you'll get the dreaded light shoulders/chest look.) which is why bobbi brown and others came out with their mainly yellow based foundations, which look good on film but bad in sunlight. You look ill. Photo and street are totally different.

Also, don't let bathroom lighting get you. The blue/green cast makes everything look bad. Best light to check is always sunlight.. and then go from there. Also check your bathroom light or wherever you do your makeup. Your lighting may cast yellow/pink or gray/blue light on your face making colors seem off. I did my makeup once in my mom's bathroom and thought man, my skin looks great! Went outside and it just looked whatever. Turned out her bathroom lights are pink bulbs! Who knew! hmm, she may be on to something.....


 
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So there is no foundation that looks good in all lighting?

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Hmm not really. You just have to somewhat adapt.

Sunlight: what you see is what you get.....

Studio/Flash Lighting: tends to blast out skin a bit, and you get that 'white' face sometimes.. go warmer in foundation and MAYBE 1 shade darker to compensate

Studio/Straight Light
no flash) go warmer in foundation...NOT darker...

Office Light: Go same color as your skin in foundation, but go warmer in makeup shades (ie eye shadow, blush etc) to compensate for blue lighting. Will look good in any lighting then.

Peach/Pink Lighting (old fashioned bathroom light): aww, just stare at yourself at how pretty you look.. note that once you hit sunlight, the beautiful j.low warm will be less exciting.....



 
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Originally Posted by lipstickgrrll /img/forum/go_quote.gif Hmm not really. You just have to somewhat adapt.
Sunlight: what you see is what you get.....

Studio/Flash Lighting: tends to blast out skin a bit, and you get that 'white' face sometimes.. go warmer in foundation and MAYBE 1 shade darker to compensate

Studio/Straight Light
no flash) go warmer in foundation...NOT darker...

Office Light: Go same color as your skin in foundation, but go warmer in makeup shades (ie eye shadow, blush etc) to compensate for blue lighting. Will look good in any lighting then.

Peach/Pink Lighting (old fashioned bathroom light): aww, just stare at yourself at how pretty you look.. note that once you hit sunlight, the beautiful j.low warm will be less exciting.....



Studio/ Flash means professional photography?

 
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Obviously, i'm not lipstickgrrl, but that's my take on it. All of my pictures are taken with flash and it's frustrating to have the colors wash out!

 
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Yes, sorry!

{Studio/ Flash means professional photography?}

In working with flash photography.. the power of the light can 'eat' through your makeup and make you look washed out, (too light face) or look like you have nothing on (no foundation, no color etc.)

Sadly, each light type is different: Hard light, umbrella, softbox, etc.. each gives different results. It's a guessing game to see what works in each because each photographer lights his way. I can look at a lighting setup and 'guess' how it will look in the end.... though sometimes even I'm wrong... it's knowing your foundation products and knowing what results you'll get with each one.

For flash, an easy solution is to put a bit more foundation on then you think you need, but not so much that it's caked on... the light 'hits' the foundation and bounces off. And the process makes your skin look amazing in print. Primers are great for photography because it gives another 'layer' for foundation to sit on top of, and the light bounces off more without having to put more ON.

When digital photography came out, it made our work harder because not only do we have to apply more, but it has to now look perfect because now you SEE everything more... another guessing game....

whew! Hope it made sense..

 
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Originally Posted by pinksugar /img/forum/go_quote.gif I have been told by a makeup artist who specialised in weddings that for perfect photos, foundation etc needs to be a little bit darker that it would be normally. For perfect photos you need to use photoshop
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