Have you ever checked the car mirror and realised your make up is just not right? It's most likely the lighting colour in the bathroom could be too yellow or red. Creating the right lighting environment is achievable and you don’t need to be an expert in lighting or makeup. If you're a beauty blogger/vlogger, a make up artist or a photographer it is a good idea to understand the scientific aspects of lighting to achieve the result you need from film or photography.
The left image is lit under 6500K (Kelvin) which is a whitish/blueish light whereas the right image is lit under 4200K which is a more yellow light. The higher the Kelvin the whiter the light is and therefore the better the conditions for make up application.
Kelvin is a unit of measurement to describe the hue/colour of a light source. This cannot be confused with temperature measurement . The higher the Kelvin value the whiter the light source is i.e sun light. For makeup application, 4800K-5000K is recommended as it is not too warm or too cool.
Kelvin (K) is a unit to describe the colour temperature of the light. 2700-3000K is a soft warm light and suitable if you would like a healthy glow for photography and not make up application. 3500K-4100K is a neutral white light and its good for photography. 4800K-5000K is recommended for make up application and photography as it is not too warm or too cool.
DESCRIPTION OF KELVIN VALUES
THEN WHAT IS LUMENS (ALSO IMPORTANT TO KNOW)?
Lumens is the total output of light in other words the brightness output of the light. The more lumens, the brighter the light and the lower the lumens the dimmer the light. Lumens are to light as:
ARTIFICIAL LIGHTING SOURCES
So what are the best lighting sources if natural light is not available. Below listed is 3 lighting products best for make up application and photography.
The Spectrum Aurora ring light has an adjustable colour temperature of 3000k to 5500K, you can choose if you want a warmer light or to mimic daylight. It features 240 individual LED light bulbs. The ring light emits 3850 lumens per metre and CRI (colour rendering index) of 95+. If you would like to learn more about Colour Rendering Index visit this link)
2. Glamcor Light
The Glamcor light is HD Adjustable colour temperature from 2,700K to 5,600K.
3. The Make Up Light
The Make Up Light has a CRI of 96+.