Back a few years ago, I realized one thing that limited me while doing freelance that was never an issue when working at the MAC Stores - lights! Seems simple enough, right?
As artists, we are always searching for the best light. While natural light is obviously optimal, chasing light around a room isn't always practical. If I'm with a booking from the wee hours of the morning until afternoon, that potentially has me moving my station 3-4 times. Have you seen how much gear I have?! No thank you.
First off, I bought a lighting system called Glamcor, and by the looks of it, it was the bees knees! Easy to set up, looked great and was B R I G H T. It had a nifty little centre arm that I could use to clip on my iPad mini to film and be properly lit. Cause I was going to make all of these videos and such, and it just seemed to make sense... I needed it! Well that didn't happen. For one thing, I could never get the temperature right and I always had 'hot spots' of lighting on my face when viewed through my iPad. And secondly, did I ever tell you how I'm the world's best project starter and never-finisher? Ya well... moving on... LOL
Another thing I noticed is that everyone looked a bit 'green' when I used the Glamcor. Now, it wasn't totally off, but it just wasn't right. Like my clients with a warm, pink undertone always looked a bit neutral, or a bit gold even. Something was off. By no means was it bad, but I never really reached for it. I felt like I could make due without it.
The more and more I read up on lighting, I knew that obviously it was necessary, but the options are overwhelming to someone who just doesn't really know.
Incandescent. Tungsten. Halogen. Fluorescent (we all know this is a no LOL). But LED... LED is good.
This is where I started hearing more and more about TML - The Makeup Light. First I heard about it on the Glossible website, then it took over the Glossible Facebook page (a wonderful Facebook community that I help admin, which has 15k of the coolest makeup artists and enthusiasts there ever were)
I ordered The Makeup Light 2.0 Key Light on a pre-order and holy moly, when it arrived, I may have shed a tear. Or ten.
The Makeup Light was designed and developed by Michael Astalos, who has developed lighting for film sets and major motion pictures. Here's a really great video with Michael and my good friend Sonia Roselli, professional makeup artist, innovative product developer and blogger. It will answer all your questions!
They cover why it was created, colour temperature, and some other goodies in there. I just love hearing passionate pros chit chat! I feel like I learn my osmosis sometimes.
Here's another good read on the HOW and WHY (since, as artists, we need to know they why).
So while I still love working in natural daylight, this light has saved me in situations where lighting is a challenge (eg. the Canadian Tire Centre) or when Mother Nature isn't cooperating, like during yesterday's corporate shoot when it was all gloom and doom outside.
I especially love it when other professionals see it and go WHAT IS THAT?! Ahhh... appreciation for good light - these are my peoples!
From now on, you will likely notice The Makeup Light hanging out at future gigs, in the background while I'm getting brides ready or brightening up any places that seem a little shady.
To learn more about The Makeup Light, visit their website. To learn more about Michael's incredible Emmy Award winning wife, Vivian Baker, check her out here. And my good friend Sonia - a wealth of information and the mouth of a sailor, Glossible is where you wanna be.