The Importance of Proper Lighting for Lash Artists
Applying lash extensions is an intricate process, and the application is a work of art unto itself. Proper lighting is crucial for applying—as well as isolating—lashes properly. You can spend thousands of dollars on products and education and then fall short in your service due to improper or inadequate lighting. Natural light is the best setting for any intricate work, but since you’re not going to apply lash extensions outdoors, you’ll need to create the best indoor lighting environment possible.
What Kind of Lighting Should I Use?
Without question, the best option is full-spectrum lighting, which most closely mimics natural sunlight (ideally 6,500k). Benefits of full-spectrum lighting, compared to other types of bulbs, include: Better visual clarity with detailed work, improved color perception, and reduced eye strain. Aside from just better vision, full-spectrum lighting is thought to improve mood, productivity, and mental awareness. It’s used for light therapy to treat people with seasonal affective disorder (SAD).
Florescent bulbs are common in our industry and are the standard for esthetic “loops” but I assure you this is not the best choice for extended exposure and long term use.
Florescent bulbs and some LED’s can create a small flicker that is not perceived by the human eye. Search “florescent light slow motion” on YouTube to see how intense this flicker really is! Ever notice a phantom grid appear on your clients face while taking a photo? This is the effect of the flicker. Working under that flicker all day every day can cause eye strain, fatigue and can even trigger vertigo symptoms which could end your career.
“Daylight” bulbs come in a variety of types, sizes, and wattages, and you can find bulbs that will fit with your current lighting system. However, it’s important to note that there’s no standard industry regulation for what full-spectrum means. To make sure you’re actually purchasing true full-spectrum lighting, pay attention to two things: the Color Rendering Index (CRI), and the color temperature.
“Daylight” lighting will noticeably improve the look and feel of your lash studio, transforming dim and ugly yellowish light to a whiter and brighter shade. It makes the environment more appealing to your clients, and it’s great for studios with minimal windows.
Professional lighting may cost more initially, but in many cases the bulbs last three to four times longer and use far less electricity to power, and trust me your eyes will thank you!
Please be aware that you will also need appropriate lighting replacements for more permanent overhead lightening fixtures as well. Plan to replace flood lights, florescent tubes or incandescent bulbs with “daylight” spectrum bulbs as well. The same way you can fatigue your eyes by working on a computer in a dark room, you can badly strain your eyes by working under bright light while the rest of your room is dim.
Which Light Is The Best?
After reviewing all of the most popular products available, I strongly recommend the Daylight Company’s Slimline LED floor lamp. The light output is wonderful, it reaches all the way across your bed with an elongated single light bar to make sure to cast ample light on both eyes without shadows, it has a sturdy base, stylish slim design and has multiple points for adjusting height and angle. Found on daylightcompany.com (Lash Inc. readers may use promo code Leah20 for 20% off!)
For more tips on safe practices for you and your client keep an eye out for the new safety program coming soon!