By Julia Stone
Most people are aware of the maxim that the camera adds 10 pounds. The observation that I’m actually more certain of is that the camera adds a litre of baby oil to every face that greases - sorry - graces the screen.
If you’re a model or actor who does TV work, especially daytime talk shows, you know that sometimes you’re required to do your own hair and makeup. One rule of thumb that I believe is important to stick to is that matte-er is better, but if you go for the glow, make it spare and strategic.
- For your foundation, opt for a matte formula that has a bit more coverage than something you’d wear to a casting. Faces on TV have to look flawless, which means that in-person the foundation might not look like second-skin, and that’s okay.
- Set both your foundation and concealer with a powder and don’t be embarrassed to give yourself a final powder before you go on. Hot lights and nerves can make even the driest skins look shiny.
- Go ahead and add a bit of contour to this look. Choose a powder that is a few shades darker than your natural skin colour and brush it under your cheekbones and blend in upward circular flicks to incorporate it into your blush.
- Skip the liquid highlighters for TV and instead go for a shimmery shadow. You can add this to the tops of your cheeks blended into the blush but not directly on top of the entire cheek. A little bit under the eyebrow and on the lid is good but stop there. Any extra shine on the forehead, nose or chin will come across as sweat and oil.
- Lastly, if you use a setting spray go for a matte version like Urban Decay De-Slick Oil-Control Makeup Setting Spray or NYX Cosmetics Matte Finish Makeup Setting Spray which work to deflect surface shine and lock your makeup in place.