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When Cher Horrowitz’s character in the movie Clueless was unsurprisingly rejected by her potential love interest, who happened to be gay, her voice over conveniently questioned, “Did I stumble into some bad lighting?”. Many of us have been there ourselves, wondering whether you had accidentally stepped under a down light and ended up more like Frankenstein than Snow White. Now, with Hourglass‘s new Ambient Lighting Powder ($45) the fear of bad lighting is a thing of the past. If only Cher had known!

The Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder is finishing or setting powder that utilises groundbreaking “photoluminescent” technology to recreate the most exquisitely flattering light. Choose from one of six shades, or mix two of your favourites. This powder is a must-have for day or night.

The powders work by diffusing and softening the way light is reflected after it hits the skin. The powder can brighten the appearance of skin, conceal imperfections, shrink the sight of pores and soften fine lines or wrinkles. Overall these powders make skin appear softer, even and more youthful.

These powders can we worn on any skin tone, so it is a matter of choosing the effect that works best for you. Hourglass describes the six powders as having different effects:

ETHEREAL LIGHT is an opalescent sheer, cool white powder that mimics a moonlit glow – even in broad daylight



DIFFUSED LIGHT is a soft, warm, pale yellow powder that conceals redness and gives skin clarity – like a soft ray of morning light


DIM LIGHT is a neutral peach beige powder that blurs imperfections and highlights a radiant complexion with the perfect balance of warm and cool tones


MOOD LIGHT is a soft, sheer lavender pink powder that mimics the softest most forgiving light and reveals your brightest complexion


LUMINOUS LIGHT is a champagne pearl powder that creates a soft, incandescent candlelit glow – day or night


RADIANT LIGHT is a sun-kissed golden beige powder that enhances the overall complexion with believable, subtle warmth, and also extends a summer glow


The product can be used by brushing lightly all over the face, particularly focusing under the eye, cheekbones and the browbone area. Now you don’t need to be concerned about bad lighting ever again.

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder is free of parabens, talc and fragrance and can be bought at Mecca Cosmetica 

Images via Mecca Cosmetica

About The Author

Georgia Walsh

Georgia Walsh is a Melbourne based make-up artist, who is passionate about making women look and feel gorgeous through good practices of skincare and of course the art of makeup application. Georgia specialises in photographic, film and beauty makeup and her training and experience enables her to create a flawless look time after time.

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