Blacklight makeup or UV makeup is quite intriguing. What is it really? What is it made of? Why does it look so fascinating? We’re here to answer all of your questions and then some more. Before we get into that, let’s get into a quick lesson in science, shall we? Anything that has phosphorous usually glows under a black light. The colour white, neon or fluorescent items and some pretty funny things (bananas, your teeth, urine) emit a bright glow when placed under a black light. Why does this happen? Any item with phosphor when exposed to a black light, convert the UV radiation into energy. This energy is then re-emitted as light. This is what makes your clothes, and sometimes makeup glow under a UV light. But that’s not it, you can run out to a makeup supply store and get yourself some UV-friendly makeup. Let’s get our glow on, shall we?
To put it simply, makeup that glows under a black light is called UV makeup. Don’t confuse it with glow-in-the-dark stuff though, it’s different! Glow in the dark stuff works on the principle of phosphorescence through light absorption. Glow in the dark makeup typically needs to be exposed to light for a certain amount of time to emit that ‘glow’. UV makeup on the other hand just needs to be placed under a UV light to glow.
Quite simply put, blacklight makeup is designed to glow under a black light! This type of makeup is used to give a very futuristic, almost psychedelic effect. Quite pleasing to the senses and the makeup is made using special pigments that emit luminosity in response to being placed under ultraviolet (UV) light. Blacklight makeup is usually found in vibrant, electric hues like yellows, greens, pinks and orange. In normal lighting conditions, however, this makeup appears like regular neon makeup.
Blacklight makeup is used for special occasions like photoshoots, parties, music festivals, runway and stage shows. It looks very mystical and dreamy in real life and in pictures and videos.
There’s not a whole lot of options available for purchase online in India, but there are a few products that you can find on online. If you do search offline, there is a Kryolan blacklight makeup palette available at Kryolan stores across India and at select beauty supply stores.
There’s something very seductive about long fluttery eyelashes and a bright blue mascara sounds like fun, doesn’t it? Take a break from regular ol’ black mascara and swipe on a few coats of this neon blue mascara. It will add volume and length to your lashes and it looks good in daylight and even better under a black light! It’s a win-win situation!
Price: Rs 1,620
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Face and body paint is quite versatile if you’re looking to create a wide variety of blacklight makeup looks. You have a set of 6 here so you can use whatever colour makes you happy! You can use it as eyeliner, face paint or even paint your body using it. Grab a paintbrush and let your creativity run wild!
Price: Rs 379
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This cool invisible ink pen can be used to draw on patterns on your face and body and they won’t be visible at all in the light. Use this fun pen to write secret messages that can only be seen under black lights!
Price: Rs 239
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This body paint comes in a variety of colours and a very convenient lip gloss packaging tube making it very easy to use and apply. You can even find some fun metallic colours like gold and silver among other neons!
Price: Rs 415
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Yes, as long as you don’t plan to use this kind of makeup every day, it’s fine. Just make sure you buy a reputed brand.
If you’re using the pan-UV makeup, it’s pretty easy. You can let your creativity run wild. Think of it like painting with watercolours. All you need to do is dip a paintbrush into some water and then into the UV colour pan and begin drawing on your design. It’s that simple. If you want neon body paint, then use a liquid product to apply it onto your body. You could even paint on the liquid with a brush.
Taking off UV makeup is relatively easier. The process, in general, remains the same. Makeup remover, soap and water work just fine. If you feel that your skin is stained, rub a little baby oil and wash it off with warm water. That should be enough to take off all the pigment from your skin.
No, regular makeup won’t glow under UV light! You need special UV makeup that has neon pigments added to it to glow under a black light.
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