The one simple tip you need to know when choosing makeup colours

Celeb Makeup Artist Pati Dubroff Proves How Important Lighting Is When Choosing Makeup Colours

How did we never think of this?

Beauty Crew Junior Beauty Writer / July 29 2019

When it comes to makeup, we think we’ve heard it all. Okay, maybe not *all* of it… but a lot.

However, even we were pretty astonished when we got wind of this game-changing makeup tip from celebrity makeup artist Pati Dubroff.

And honestly, we think that when you hear how simple it is, you’ll kick yourself, too. Ready for it?

Test your makeup in different light!

So simple, yet so crucial, and we think these lipstick swatches illustrate why:

I am endlessly fascinated by how light affects color, hue and tone. Same lipsticks. 💋 Same time of day 💋. Background and light differences. Do you test your makeup in different light spaces? Often lipsticks can have undertones or highlight tones that change so much of how the lipstick will read. Also the pigment of your lips also adds a layer that affects the color. As a red carpet makeup artist I have to prepare for and compensate for how light changes the intended outcome. In photos, in life, all of it. TESTING and ACCEPTING is key.
I am endlessly fascinated by how light affects color, hue and tone. Same lipsticks. 💋 Same time of day 💋. Background and light differences. Do you test your makeup in different light spaces? Often lipsticks can have undertones or highlight tones that change so much of how the lipstick will read. Also the pigment of your lips also adds a layer that affects the color. As a red carpet makeup artist I have to prepare for and compensate for how light changes the intended outcome. In photos, in life, all of it. TESTING and ACCEPTING is key.

Isn’t it crazy how different the shades look in each light?!

I am endlessly fascinated by how light affects color, hue and tone,” in the caption.

Often lipsticks can have undertones or highlight tones that change so much of how the lipstick will read. Also the pigment of your lips also adds a layer that affects the color. As a red carpet makeup artist I have to prepare for and compensate for how light changes the intended outcome. In photos, in life, all of it. TESTING and ACCEPTING is key.”

Ain’t that the truth! Those lipstick swatches have definitely got us convinced to never to do our makeup without testing it in various lighting situations. 

If you’re looking for more makeup tricks, try this foundation application tip for airbrushed skin.

Have you ever found that your lipstick looked one shade at home but then changed colour in another lighting situation, like at the office? Let us know in the comments.

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Isobel is BEAUTYcrew’s Junior Beauty Writer. When she's not busy hunting for the latest beauty news, you’ll find her arranging her skincare collection in search of the perfect “shelfie.” Isobel was previously an intern in the beauty department at ELLE Australia.