When putting on a smoky eye, a precise application is key. The elegant and sultry look can require intricate shading and impeccable layering. To make the process easier, women should make sure they are using the optimal lighting.
According to Allure magazine, makeup artist Pat McGrath says that the best light by which to apply your makeup is natural light, because it's unforgiving (meaning you can see every flaw that needs fixing) but not harsh.
However, smoky eyes tend to be worn at evening affairs, and ladies layering on shadow and coats of mascara aren't likely to be crafting the look during the day.
When sunlight isn't an option, McGrath suggests using a halogen bulb, as it is the closest alternative to daylight in its tone. Regardless, women may want to stay away from fluorescent and incandescent bulbs.
"Fluorescent lights has a green cast that makes the skin look washed out and sickly," McGrath writes in the publication. "Incandescent bulbs...give off a warm yellow light that's more flattering to the skin but doesn't give you the same level of detail, so you run the risk of missing an area that's not completely blended."