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Old 12-28-2002, 05:02 PM   #1
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Has anyone noticed that their skin looks MUCH worse under certain kinds of lighting? I take a good amount of time applying makeup in the A.M., to the point that my skin ends up looking pretty decent in my bathroom mirror with normal lighting. Then I go to school, thinking I look okay, and then Baam, I look in the school bathroom mirror and I look horrible, my acne which I had covered so carefully, is incredibly obvious, as are my spots of concealer! I think the school has flourescent lighting....Is there any way to apply makeup so that it will look good under all or most kinds of lighting?

 
Old 12-28-2002, 05:16 PM   #2
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only way to do that is to do ur make up in day light :s which i despise doing cos you cant fool urself thinkin u look fine lol. but u can cover better! if you look ok in day light then apart from really bright crappy lighting ull look fine or better eveywhere else!

 
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Old 12-28-2002, 06:45 PM   #3
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yeah, fluorescent lighting is probally the worst thing for an acne sufferer's self esteem. I force myself not to look in any mirror in public cause I know it'll just make me feel like crap. When I wash my hands after using the bathroom I just keep telling myself 'don't look up, don't look up' and try to get out of there as quickly as possible. I know it may sound pathetic but if something is gonna make you feel down just avoid it. The less you worry, the less stress you'll have and hopefully that'll in turn help your acne a bit. And I know this may sound like the worst thing you have ever been told but try not to wear makeup at all, a little lipstick and maybe some eyeliner should be sufficient. I believe makeup is just so pore clogging no matter what it may say and my parents always told me it would make me look like a prune in no time at all. Plus have you ever been around someone that never ever goes without makeup? they look alright with it on but when they take it off they look so different not necessarily ugly just not how you're used to seeing them. I think a fresh face is always a better appraoch when you've got acne but I know all about this disease and how rotten you can sometimes feel with it and makeup is so tempting to cover those suckers up. Well I wish you the best of luck and try to stay out of fluorescent light!

 
Old 12-28-2002, 06:54 PM   #4
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I have noticed that. I wonder why that is?

 
Old 12-29-2002, 11:46 AM   #5
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Put on your makeup in natural light.

 
Old 12-29-2002, 12:27 PM   #6
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i know what u mean i hate flouresant lights. I remember once when i was out shopping with friends. We went to try some clothes on, the changing room have F. lights and when i looked in the mirror i looked exposed!!. I could see where i put dabs of conceallor on. Instead of trying the clothes on i just sat their starring at myself..

There is no way to apply make up to make you look different in other lights. Every mirror/light is going to make u look different some for good some for worst. Just stick to what your doing and try not to worry about that exposing light ;o)

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Old 12-29-2002, 12:52 PM   #7
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Skip the concealer. Just use a foundation that will give you light to average coverage. Your acne may not be as well hidden as you think it is in your bathroom mirror but at least when you're out in the street and under strong lights you will look more normal, like someone with some acne but at least the concealer wont show up. Another tip which is something that prepares your skin very well before applying foundation is if you first put on a SPF, as it evens out your skin tone quite a lot, plus you're also protecting it. A very good SPF is Clinique's City Block, it comes in either 15 or 25 SPF, it is oil free and chemical free. It goes on like a dream and has never caused me to break out at all. Also Cliniques Stay True oil free make up range is excellent.

 
Old 12-29-2002, 07:05 PM   #8
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I totally agree with the putting on makeup in natural light. I used to do that and when i looked in the mirror in the school bathroom (the worst possible lighting EVER--it has florescent lighting), my skin actually looked pretty clear. But now its dark when i wake up so i have to use bathroom lighting, and ugh..i look gross in the mirrors at school. You can see soooo many marks and scars on my face. I HATE florescent lighting, why do they even use it?? My parents bathroom have florescent lighting, and i sometimes look in it wihtout makeup, and you can see dry skin, scars, and zits VERY VERY clearly. And the pimples aren't even red, they look big and PURPLE. OK, i'll stop rambling on now. Tata!

 
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i've learned to put on foundation in the dark hehe all it takes is a little practice. i remember though, when i used to get like one or two random zits in like 10th or 11th grade, i would just dab some concealer on them real quick, and i look back on that and realize that it was so obvious in normal lighting!!! oh well....just something to laugh at now!

 
Old 01-16-2003, 10:03 AM   #10
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I can relate to the flourescent lighting issue. But I didn't have acne in high school and I still didn't like what I looked like in flourescent lighting. I thought I looked tired or if any make up wasn't perfect including eye shadow. I used foundation in high school because I have rosy cheeks and don't like it. Now I get zits, I'm 22, I believe they call it adult acne. We have the bad lighting in my kitchen, and even when I don't have a zit, I can see my scar marks, little red marks, uneven skin tone. Sorry venting time!

 
Old 01-16-2003, 11:18 AM   #11
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I thought I was the only one - over the years I've developed an unnatural fear of flourescent lighting..lol. In the morning I'll think I look somewhat okay but when I get to work and look in the bathroom mirror under that flourescent lighting - BAM - my day is ruined

 
Old 01-16-2003, 12:28 PM   #12
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I don't think anyone looks good in fluorescent lighting. Well, maybe babies and those very rare people who have no moles, pimples or facial marks or at all. Fluorescent lighting makes every bump much more prominent and every scar or bruise purple. Forget about what it does to big pimples. Even if my face is free of pimples I can still see every blackhead and irregularity. Ugh.

When I look at myself in fluoescent lighting I try to keep in mind that it's distorting and makes me look 10x worse than how I look in regular light. Too bad most if not all stores, offices, classrooms, etc. have fluorescents.

How good people had it in the old days, before fluorescents....

 
Old 01-18-2003, 06:13 PM   #13
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Doesn't it seem to make sense that since everyone that has replied to this post has made a negative comment about fluorescent lighting, yet they are still found everywhere. Why is this? I'm assuming if they make every imperfection stand out prominently, that they wouldn't be so popular and found in every office bathroom from here to China. What good points do they have? Any? I think they really suck the self esteem out of people plain and simple. Why would anyone want lighting that makes them look 100x worse than they actually are? I don't get it.

 
Old 01-18-2003, 06:25 PM   #14
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Whoever invented fluorescent lighting obviously did not consider those of us with acne. I have one fluorescent light in my apt. and i never turn it on. The only lights I have are candles and VERY dim lights. I hate going out during the day because my face is full of splotchy make-up and zits, Sigh. Although when i go out to the bars, I look pretty good because it's dark and everyone is drunk

 
Old 01-19-2003, 02:32 PM   #15
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That is funny SPH. Anyway, I think they are found everywhere because they are cheaper. I have another negative thing about those evil lights, it's been proven that they cause headaches!!!!!
We should protest them.. JK Anyway I also get a little paranoid about my face during the day, like people are looking at my makeup that trys to cover those stupid thins up. It's a good thing I don't live in Alaska during the season where it is light almost all day and night.

 
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