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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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