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what is blacklight makeup?

edited May 2014 in Ask the Beauty Brains
Can someone please explain to me what blacklight makeup is and how it works?I see it sometimes at Halloween so I figured it was some form of costume makeup. Here are some pictures and links to help you understand what I mean.
pictures of people wearing it:;_ylt=A0LEV1VfI0hTDEsA0WPBGOd_?p=blacklight+makeup&fr=yfp-hrmob-901&fr2=piv-web
A product claiming to have blacklight makeup technology: Mehron fluorescent blacklight makeup fx.
This has been bugging me for a l-ong time.


  • The pigments used in this kind of makeup fluoresces under black light (which is UV light.) That means they absorb light at one wavelength and re-emit it another wavelength which creates that glowing black light effect. 
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