Sunday, October 14, 2012

Lights! Camera! Cover Up...

Cuz you have maybe 5 minutes to make a good impression.

Do you see the slight redness around your nose?  Or how about the little bit of darkness under your eyes?  Or even that faint glow on your skin?  These are lovely normal qualities that ALL humans possess.  Unfortunately on camera, that redness is so red, it can look purple and volcanic.  That darkness... The Walking Dead.  And that glow is so shiny and oily and ugh! that I can't even see your features.  It totally distracts from your Oscar worthy audition/performance.  Damn you HD and crazy lights!!!

There is a solution.  MEN!  I am talking to you too. :)

Invest in a Tinted Moisturizer or Foundation.  

If your skin is relatively clear other than discolorations as previous mentioned, check out Tinted Moisturizers.  I really like BB Creams, which are like the Smart Phones of tinted moisturizers.  I recommend Maybelline Dream Fresh.  It comes in 5 tones at an inexpensive price.  Easy to choose.

If you think you need more coverage AND I DON'T MEAN HEAVY MAKEUP LOOK, I just mean you have some blemishes going on, which many of us have, I'd go for a Foundation.  This can be more tricky to choose.  I like Makeup Designory cream foundation.  They are in the West Village, NYC or at  They're super helpful too.  If you prefer a liquid, go to Sephora, Ulta, or a place which allows you to test products.  Check out Makeup Forever, NARS, Smashbox, etc.  To test a foundation color, take a little on a cotton swab and place it under your cheek bone at your jaw (this is the most neutral skin tone on your face) and blend in.  Can you see it? Yes... Wrong color.  No... Buy it.

Invest in Face Powder

Go to any store like Duane Reade or Rite Aid, and buy Translucent Powder.  It works for everyone's tone because it's... translucent.  It removes shine without adding color and cakiness.  Shine is distracting on camera AND on stage.  Banish it!  Remember to apply (or maybe reapply) a few minutes before going in to audition because those pesky oil glands are always at work!


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