Makeup and Wardrobe Hints for On-Camera Talent

Makeup and Clothing for On-Camera Talent

Everybody on camera should wear makeup -even if it’s just a little bit of powder to dull the reflections from lights.

If you’re going to be appearing on camera, it’s important to you (and to your producers) that you look your best. Here’s a few tips on the proper use of makeup and clothing when you’re in front of the lens.

Clothing

* Pastels are the best colors to wear. Other good clothing colors include beige, gray, green, brown and blue.

* Avoid white, red and orange clothing. Combinations of contrasting light and dark colors such as black and white, dark brown and white or dark blue and white should also not be worn.

* Black, or dark browns and blues are fine alone or combined with pastel colors.

* Solid colors are best. Avoid fine checks, stripes, herringbone, and similar patterns.

* Avoid very glossy, sequined or metallic clothing. Also avoid clinging attire, or low-cut neck-lines.


Makeup

* Use makeup sparingly, unless you’re told otherwise by your Director.

But do you really need to wear makeup? For both men and women, the answer is yes.

* Wash your face with soap and water, then apply an astringent. You can wear a foundation if you like, but more importantly, use powder. When you arrive at the studio, we may apply a little powder, especially on the nose, forehead, and bald spots.

* Keep your other make-up simple. Avoid make-up which contains glitter, or is “frosted.” The director can advise you as to what looks best.

* Because the eye of the camera focuses on a man’s beard more than the human eye does, try to shave as closely as possible before going on camera. If you’re scheduled to appear later in the day, bring a razor.

* Do not get a haircut within a week of appearing on camera. Style your hair to keep it away from your face and out of your eyes. Some hairpieces may appear to be a different color on camera. If you intend to wear one, you may wish to consult with the director beforehand.

* If there will be any close-ups of your hands, give yourself a manicure.

Eyes

* Eyeliner and mascara are acceptable, if used lightly. Eye shadow should be avoided – especially dark colors or vibrant blues.

Face

* Use powder that closely matches your skin coloring. Be extremely cautious in the use of rouge because it will stand out on video if used in normal shading.

Editor: I recommend a neutral, hypoallergenic powder.

Lips

* Lipstick should be of a lighter coloring. Stay away from deep reds and extremely glossy types.

If you have any questions about wardrobe or makeup, bring several options and consult with the director. Remember, we want you to look your best!

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4 thoughts on “Makeup and Wardrobe Hints for On-Camera Talent

  1. Joe Forte

    This is a great list on makeup and wardrobe hints. I especially like that you clearly state that both male and female should be wearing makeup on camera. I remember so many battles with male talent where they thought they didn’t need makeup. After giving in early in my career, I make sure that doesn’t happen anymore because it’s just to the detriment of the final product. Great article once again!

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