The Importance of Good Light

About The Makeup Light & The Importance of Good Light

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Our parent company, Cases for Visual Arts Inc. began by creating lighting for Makeup Artists and supplying those lights for Film, TV and Commercials. The specific lighting needs of Professional Makeup Artists in this medium is critical to the success of the makeup. CVA was the first to create a light for Makeup Artists with Dual color correct lamps. Incorporating daylight and tungsten light in one source that could be double switched. Academy Award winning artists such as Rick Baker, Ve Neill, Bill Corso and Howard Berger soon began to request our lights for use on their films. We continue to enjoy over 17 years of working with this caliber of makeup artist and have become the industry standard for Film and Television.

LED lights are the future in lighting. Tungsten lights (standard screw-in style) are being legally phased out, Halogen lamps create tons of heat, Fluorescent lamps use many hazardous chemicals in the manufacturing process. LED sidesteps all of these issues.  We have spent years researching and testing LED’s to find the correct way to project a high quality light source onto a subject without having the eye irritation of a “bare” LED.  With the advancement of digital technology in film and the advancement of LED’s, we have been able to blend the use of two color temperature bulbs into one crisp white light.

     While natural lighting from the Sun is clearly the most beautiful light to apply makeup, we rarely find ourselves able to make the best use of it:  overcast weather, short days, and tall buildings completely inhibit the hope of using sunlight.

The Sun may be the one source of light that lights our world however it changes its color temperature widely. It can go from very cool, like a deep cloudy day, to red and golden like a sunset. We all know that sunset is a beautiful illumination of our faces but those temperatures of light are not the color temperatures we are viewed in most often. Even the flash used in photography is daylight balanced.  A Red Carpet night and a wedding will be captured in many temperatures of light.

Key Lights

As both casual makeup-lovers and professional makeup artists our challenge is to create a flawless face. Whether the look is natural or edgy, choosing the right foundation, blush, or eyeliner is dependent on the color temperature and crispness of light.  The Portable Vanity

We have all experienced the base color not matching the skin, or a lipstick that seems too harsh when we walk outside. How many times have you wiped your cheeks down, or smoothed under your eye when looking in your car mirror?

We have developed a light source that meets the standard of our clientele and we are proud to present THE MAKEUP LIGHT. At its core is an energy-saving LED Panel of refracted light measuring 4800K with a projection of 5ft and a lumen of 2500. This bright and dimmable panel projects a soft white light on the face with enough crispness to show detail.

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