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What lighting is best for putting on makeup? - Ilios Lighting

What lighting is best for putting on makeup?

Lighting and your makeup mirror

The makeup mirror was invented in the 1920s by a man named Sam Foster. He came up with the idea while he was working on a project to create illuminated signs. He realized that the light from the signs could be used to help people put on their makeup.

Foster's makeup mirror was a hit with Hollywood stars, who used it to apply their makeup while on the set. Today, there are many different types of makeup mirrors available.

When it comes to putting on makeup, there are a few different things to consider. One of the most important is what type of light you're using. While natural light is always best, it's not always available. In that case, you need to use artificial light. But what type of artificial light should you use? There are three main types: incandescent, fluorescent, and LED. Each one has its own advantages and disadvantages. Let's take a closer look at each one and which one makes the best makeup mirror.

Ilios Lighting Makeup Mirror and Ring Light

What is incandescent light?

Incandescent light is created by heating a filament until it glows. It gives off a warm yellowish-white light and is the most popular type of household lighting. It's often used in makeup mirrors because it produces a natural-looking reflection. However, the reflection is not representing true color and will result in makeup looking warm or too yellow. It's also the most expensive to operate and generates the most heat.

Makeup artists have steered away from using incandescent light as a makeup mirror.

What is fluorescent light?

Fluorescent light is created when an electric current passes through a gas in a tube. It emits a bright white light and is often used in office buildings and schools because it's energy-efficient and lasts longer than other types of lights. However, some people find the light to be harsh and unflattering for makeup applications. Many household fluorescent lamps are also too blue and this paired with the harsh light can result in improper makeup application including demarcation lines.

Fluorescent light is also not a great option for a makeup mirror.

What is LED light?

LED or Light Emitting Diode lights are becoming increasingly popular because they're energy-efficient, long-lasting, and cool to the touch. They come in many different colors and can be dimmed to create the perfect lighting for makeup applications. Since LEDs can come in a wide variety of colors, it is important to find an LED light that measures as close to daylight as possible so everything is seen in true color.

LED creates the perfect lighting for makeup applications.

Quality of a makeup mirror.

Daylight is measured using a system called Color Rendering Index, or CRI, and is a measure of how accurately a light source reproduces colors. A CRI of 100 means that the light source perfectly reproduces all colors, while a CRI of 0 means that the light source produces no color at all. Most LED lights have a CRI of 80 or higher, which results in just a fair representation in color. Ideally, for applying makeup, you should be using a light with 95 CRI or higher. The Ilios Beauty Ring makeup mirror and ring light holds the position for the highest CRI (98) and most accurate color representation.

For applying makeup, you should be using a light with 95 CRI or higher.

Now, let's talk about Kelvin temperature.

Kelvin temperature is a measure of the color of light. It is named after Lord Kelvin, who developed the scale in 1883. The Kelvin scale starts at absolute zero, which is equivalent to minus 273 degrees Celsius. As the temperature increases, so does the light's color. Pure blue light has a Kelvin temperature of about 10,000, while pure red light has a Kelvin temperature of about 2,700. Pure white light measures at about 5,500 Kelvin. This is why it is vital that a makeup light measures close to pure white or 5,500 Kelvin. With this Kelvin temperature of light, colors will also appear the most accurate.

When it comes to choosing a makeup light, it's important to consider both the Color Rendering Index and the Kelvin temperature. The Ilios Beauty Ring has a CRI of 98 and a Kelvin temperature of 5500, making it the perfect light for makeup applications.

Now that you know the different types of light, how do you choose the best makeup light for your needs? LED ring lights are good choices for this because they emit a soft, even light.

The benefits of using the ring light for makeup

Ring lights have been used in photography and videography for years, but they are just now becoming popular in the makeup world. Ring lights are circular LED lightbulbs that emit a soft, even light. They come in many different sizes and shapes, but the most popular is the circular shape. This type of light is perfect for applying makeup because it eliminates shadows and makes it easy to see everything on your face.

If you're looking for a makeup light with light ring, be sure to choose one with a high CRI so you can see true colors. The Ilios Beauty Ring is the perfect option because it has a CRI of 98, making it the closest thing to natural sunlight.

Using ring lights that feature magnified makeup mirrors


A distortion-free makeup mirror is a must for anyone who wears makeup. When you're applying your foundation, eye shadow, and lipstick, the last thing you want is to have to worry about the mirror adding to the list of things that need fixing.

Factors to consider when choosing a magnified mirror

There are several factors to consider when choosing a distortion-free mirror for makeup applications.

The most important is the size of the mirror. You'll want to make sure the mirror is big enough to see your entire face, but not so large that it's cumbersome. Another factor to consider is the magnification. Most makeup mirrors have at least two levels of magnification, but some have as many as five. The more magnified the mirror, the easier it will be to see small details.

The final factor to consider is the light source. As we mentioned before, LED lights are the best option for makeup applications because they emit a soft, even light. Many makeup mirrors come with built-in LED lights, but you'll want to make sure the light is bright enough, has a high CRI, and a built-in diffuser over the LEDs.

The Ilios Beauty Ring not only has a high CRI of 98, but it also features a 1x and 5x magnifiying mirror. The mirror is the perfect size for seeing your entire face, and the optional magnetic 10x mirror makes it easy to see the smallest of details.

Tips for a flawless makeup application

You're ready to start applying makeup like a pro! Just remember to keep these makeup application tips in mind:

-Apply foundation in sections and blend well. Start with small amounts and build up as needed.

-Conceal imperfections by using concealer that's one or two shades lighter than your skin tone.

-Set your makeup by using a setting powder or spray. This will help it last all day long.

-Add a pop of color to your cheeks with blush or bronzer.

-Highlight your best features with highlighter.

-Finish off your look with mascara and lipstick or lip gloss.

What type of lighting do makeup artists use?


Lighting is one of the most important tools in a makeup artist's toolkit. It can make or break a look, and it's essential to have the right type of light for the job. Makeup artists help perfect looks for photo shoots and video production. They often times are seen on film sets or glamming up wedding parties. For this reason, a makeup artist should create the look in the same light the subject will be photographed or filmed in. Many makeup lights use poor quality lighting causing the subject's makeup not to appear on screen as intended.

Top choice of makeup lighting from celebrity makeup artists.

Who is Mario Dedivanovic

Mario Dedivanovic is a well-known celebrity makeup artist, whose resume boasts high-profile clients including Kim Kardashian, Jennifer Lopez and Gabrielle Union. The revered makeup artist is a trusted educator in the industry, launching a Master Class 10 years ago featuring his celebrity-approved techniques. Held across the globe, his sold-out events have attracted more than 25,000 students to date. In 2020, Dedivanovic debuted his namesake beauty brand – MAKEUP BY MARIO – which was inspired by two decades of groundbreaking makeup artistry.

Lighting expert Kelly Mondora

Ilios Lighting founder Kelly Mondora, a 20-year veteran of the film and photography lighting industry, has partnered with celebrity makeup artist Mario Dedivanovic to introduce an innovative new makeup mirror and light combination that is the first of its kind to mimic true daylight. The Ilios Beauty Ring is the result of the collective efforts of the renowned lighting expert and makeup artist, promising to deliver the perfect lighting for makeup application, selfies, vlogging and video conferencing.

Mondora has leveraged her decades of experience building lighting for the film and photography industry to offer a higher-quality alternative to the sub-standard makeup mirrors currently on the market. Wanting the well-respected perspective of a Hollywood makeup artist, she reached out to Dedivanovic and pitched the product to him. She also folded in famed photographer Jerry Ghionis to gain insight from the photographer perspective.

“Over the 20 years I spent developing lighting for the photo and film industries, I was consistently shocked by the poor-quality lighting used in consumer makeup mirrors,” said Mondora. “I knew I could not only design the best makeup mirror, but integrate the best quality ring light as well. With Mario and Jerry’s invaluable expertise added to the process, we’re excited to introduce a new product that sets an elevated standard for makeup mirrors and ring lights.”

“When Kelly reached out to me to talk about lighting, I was excited about what she had to say,” said Dedivanovic. “Lighting is such a critical part of everything I do, from makeup application to content creation. I not only see a need for this product, but a need for a company that truly embraces our industry and understands it. The Ilios Beauty Ring is the closest thing I’ve experienced to natural sunlight. The quality is just perfect.”

Fashion photography & Nikon Ambassador, Jerry Ghionis

Ghionis is a renowned photographer and Nikon Ambassador who is best known for his style of vintage glamour meets contemporary fashion. He is also the most awarded photographer of Wedding & Portrait Photographers International, winning their International Wedding Album of the Year award an unprecedented nine times, as well as being among their top 5 wedding photographers in the world.

The Ilios Beauty Ring


Together, the trio are set to make an even greater mark in their respective industries with the introduction of the Ilios Beauty Ring makeup mirror and ring light combination. Offering five levels of brightness to suit any need, including three color modes ranging from sunlight to candlelight, the mirror allows users to see every detail in true color. The Ilios Beauty Ring rates as the highest Color Rendering Index (CRI) available on the market, making it ideal for everything from makeup application to vlogging. It is 10 times brighter than competitive makeup mirrors, with a built-in metal smartphone holder revealed when the reversible mirror is detached.

The reversible 1x and 5x mirror is constructed with distortion-free float glass and is oversized with hair styling and makeup in mind. The innovative smartphone arm incorporated into the design includes a magnetic pocket to store the adjustable holder. Leaving no feature out, the Ilios Beauty Ring also offers convenient mobile device charging with a built-in USB-A charging port. For even greater versatility, the tabletop base was designed at the ideal height for makeup application, selfies and video conferencing on small to mid-sized laptops – and can also be mounted onto a height-adjustable light stand.

Thanks for reading! If you have any questions or would like to learn more about choosing the right makeup mirror for your needs, please contact us today.


Material: Aluminum & Polycarbonate

Mirror: Distortion Free Float Glass 

Magnification: 1x & 5x Reversible

Lux: Up to 10,000

Power Modes: 5 Brightness Levels

Color Rendering Index: 98 CRI 

Kelvin: 5500K Cool / 4400K Blend / 3200K Warm

Power Supply: 12v 3a / 100-240v

Cord Length: 8' (2.4m)

Size: 21" x 15" x 6.4" (53.3 x 38.1 x 16.2 cm)

Weight: 6.5 lbs. (2.9 kg)

Sku: BR-001

UPC: 860006461300

Warranty: One Year Against Manufacturer Defects


Ilios Lighting Founder - Kelly MondoraAuthored By: Kelly Mondora
Kelly has leveraged her decades of experience building lighting for the film and photography industry to offer a higher-quality alternative to the sub-standard makeup mirrors currently on the market. 
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