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How to Look HDTV-Ready, Even if You're Off-Camera

How to Look HDTV-Ready, Even if You're Off-Camera

High-definition television won't be standard until 2009, but actors are already nervous about what it may reveal. Because HDTV provides a clearer picture, you'll see more detail—including the pimples, wrinkles and scars that normally don't show up on television. Unsurprisingly, stars aren't looking forward to having their every pore blown up for the world to see.

This story has some makeup artists' tips for looking good on HDTV, and surprisingly, they're based on the needs of regular people. The goal is to look naturally flawless, not "makeuppy."

The main way to do this is to use foundation that looks invisible. Look for mineral-based foundations, or those that have light-reflecting qualities. MAC stepped up with its Mineralize Satinfinish, which uses microscopic pigments that blend seamlessly on skin. I know a lot of you love mineral makeup, too, which provides a softer finish than a lot of liquid foundations do.

For more camera-ready tips,

I used to behind the scenes of a talk show, and from talking with the makeup artists and lighting crew, I learned a few other guidelines for looking great on camera. If you're ever on TV, follow this advice and you'll be ready for your close-up:

  • Wear blush, lest ye look like Morticia Addams. Seriously, no matter what your skin tone is, blush will make you look bright and healthy. Otherwise, you run the risk of looking, well, dead.
  • If you're just going to be in the studio audience, don't worry about applying false lashes. But if you have the opportunity to be featured on TV, take a cue from Oprah, who's said to wear Shu Uemura false lashes to make her eyes stand out.
  • A soft lip gloss will make lips shine under the camera lights; matte lipstick can look flat.
  • If you're going to be on camera, don't be shocked if a makeup artist uses an orange-tinted foundation. You'll look like an Oompa Loompa in person, but it translates well on screen. Honest.
  • Whether you're a guest or an audience member, stay away from wearing clothing that's white or beige. Those colors are too reflective of studio lights.


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katlovesclothes katlovesclothes 9 years
Eh, I'm sick of Orange oompa-loompas invading my entertainment, trying to convince me they look younger, thinner... you don't... I don't think you do, so PLEASE lay off the orange self tanner already! Please! I'm being kind to you when I say it isn't working!
MiyabiNa MiyabiNa 9 years
not only are these good for tv~ but great for photos! Especially the mineral makeup and blush techniques! They make you look flawless in photos! even close ups! I have proof! (on my profile in my photo photoshopping in those!)
studio524 studio524 9 years
FabTips. Great post. Thanks so much.
leigha926 leigha926 9 years
i've been on tv for a few local things, and man did my ridiculously pale skin make me look dead. great tips...thanks bella!
potterlove potterlove 9 years
Great tips!! If only I can find a way to get on TV ;)
nefertiti nefertiti 9 years
Great tips! =)
nefertiti nefertiti 9 years
Great tips! =)
My-Opinion My-Opinion 9 years
These are great tips!
My-Opinion My-Opinion 9 years
These are great tips!
Hellena25 Hellena25 9 years
ha ha ha ha Lissie bug, I think I am now going to AVOID ending up on TV. or even passing the videocamera aisle in Best Buy for that matter...heh heh
c0rkie c0rkie 9 years
awesome tips! :D
c0rkie c0rkie 9 years
awesome tips! :D
marley11 marley11 9 years
i love HDTV, it helps viewers see that actors/tresses are human and have imperfections. i'll never get over emma watson's forehead wrinkles in HP4. wow.
marley11 marley11 9 years
i love HDTV, it helps viewerssee that actors/tresses arehuman and have imperfections.i'll never get over emma watson'sforehead wrinkles in HP4. wow.
Lissiebug Lissiebug 9 years
Good tips! Now I just have to get myself on television...
leeluvfashion leeluvfashion 9 years
Oh, good tips!
leeluvfashion leeluvfashion 9 years
Oh, good tips!
vienvien vienvien 9 years
Great tips
Beauty Beauty 9 years
Good call! I didn't think of that one...
0danielle0 0danielle0 9 years
Also, don't wear moisturizers or foundations that have physical sunscreens, like titanium dioxide. They can reflect light from studio lights/flashes, making your skin look all whited out. No bueno.
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