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Lighting for Makeup

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The good news is Makeup Gourmet is all moved and savoring its new location. 

Along with the move came unexpected innovations.

The first is new lighting. I am sharing this in the spirit that if you ever wanted better (oh, let’s just say ideal) lighting at home and not sure how to achieve it, read on.

Although I was always pleased with the ‘Hollywood’ style lights I used in my previous studio, they do not fit the look of my new studio.



I also want more true daylight light as well as energy efficient and not hot lights. All of which my previous lights were not.

It was funny to research this online as so many bloggers said “The best light is natural light”. Well yeah, however, how does one simulate this in an in indoor setting.


Side note. My new studio has a west facing window and if natural light is requested, it is available.

The light source most often mentioned as being clean, true light, energy efficient and not hot is LED light.

After searching and pricing expensive pre-made options, I decided to make my own.

I want to tell you this because it is so simple and so very awesome.

I am using countertop strip lights. These are the lights that are attached to the underside of cupboards and light up kitchen counters in that cool indirect way.



I searched and found these discreet LED strip lights at IKEA.


I put one strip on each side of the mirror and…



There are 3 components to order from IKEA online.

The light strips come in three sizes: 15, 18, and 24 inches and range from $35-$45 depending on the length. Click Here to see lights at IKEA.

The other 2 things you need are one power cord ($5) and one electrical transformer ($12 – $30).

The math you need to do is pick a transformer that handles the full wattage of the lights.

I chose the 24 inch lights which use 10 watts each. Because of this, I got the transformer that can handle up to 30 watts and plugged 3 lights into one transformer.

Installation was easy. Screw 2 screws that hold the plastic support plate and then press/snap the light into the plastic support plate.


Next plug each light into the transformer.


Plug the electrical cord into the transformer and a light socket.


The cord comes with a handy switch on it to easily turn on/off the lights.


The light is so clean and balanced you will always be able to see yourself more clearly and thus most precisely achieve the finish you want with every makeup application.

I invite everyone to come and see my new location.

If you mention this post, I will give you a 15% reduction in the full service price and you will still receive a 15% reduction in all product purchases at time of service.
This is a stand-alone offer and may not be combined with any other offer/promotion/coupon. Thank you. 

You may book new appointments now by clicking here.

Chris Scott
5th of October, 2016

CHRIS SCOTT Makeup Gourmet

CHRIS SCOTT, M.A. is the creator of San Francisco-based Makeup Gourmet®. Over his nearly 30-year career, in addition to doing makeup for top models from every corner of the planet, he also had the honor of working for legends like Paul McCartney, US Vice President Al Gore, Shirley Temple Black, Maya Angelou and Olympic Gold medalists Oksana Baiul and Kristi Yamaguchi. He was the creator and host of the TV show ‘Makeup Gourmet’ from 2008 – 2010. He was a leading Chanel Beauté national artist for over two decades, and is also the creator and guest teacher of Fashion Makeup at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. He created his unique Makeup Gourmet line to ensure his clients and the public could have access to high-quality, ethically produced, ‘green’ makeup and skincare with a low-carbon footprint. Chris is also the author of Cosmetic Counter Survival Guide: How to Buy the Right Skin Care and Makeup and the international #1 bestseller Face with a Heart: Mastering Authentic Beauty Makeup.

‘The grass is always greener where you water it.’

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2 thoughts on “Lighting for Makeup

  1. Chris, thank you!!! This idea is brilliant (pun intended).

  2. Always enjoy your wisdom!

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