Camera-Ready Makeup Tips (From Someone Who Is Soon Going To Be On TV)
On a hot day in early August, I spent six hours at Kleinfeld Bridal filming TLC’s iconic reality show, Say Yes to the Dress. In the weeks leading up to the big day, all I could think was, “I want to f*cking glow!”
Despite being a beauty and skin care addict, I knew makeup for television is a different beast altogether, so I set out to learn everything I could before the big day. Now I’m sharing all of the lessons I learned before, during AND after filming Say Yes to the Dress.
1. Prep Your Skin From The Inside Out
Makeup can only go so far. If your skin is dehydrated or broken out and your under-eye bags are bulging like a double-stuffed oreo, it’s going to be impossible to hide, no matter what products you use.
Luckily, there’s just one thing you need to get your skin in tip top shape: water. In the weeks leading up to filming I bought a gallon jug from the supermarket and tried my best to drink a full gallon every single day.
I also started regularly taking probiotics (healthy gut = healthy skin) and in the weeks leading up to filming I drank two cold pressed juices a day: a pineapple and carrot juice in the morning (packed with vitamin A and C) and a green juice in the afternoon. The results were amazing: my skin was smoother and clearer than it had ever been before!
2. Mask Hard
After prepping skin from the inside, it’s time to take it to the next level and prep it from the outside as well. Masking before makeup will give your skin an extra boost and create a perfect platform for your makeup.
Leading up to film day, I used Boscia’s Luminizing Black Mask to clarify with Origins' Drink Up™ 10 Minute Moisture Mask every other day to sooth and moisturize. Rather than doing each mask on alternating days, I like to do them in quick succession one after the other.
On the day of filming, I started the day with a sheet mask and an eye mask from Karuna, which are great for sensitive skin and a Sephora-brand lip mask to make sure every inch of my face was prepped and ready to go.
3. More Is More (But Don’t Forget What You’re There For)
It’s important to use full coverage products when you’re doing makeup for television; switch out tinted moisturizer for foundation, embrace cream stick concealer, use a powder and use false lashes.
However, going full coverage and using falsies doesn’t mean you should look like you’re headed for a club on Saturday night. In anticipation of filming, I watched plenty of reruns and I noticed that a lot of the brides-to-be were wearing heavy makeup looked harsh and out of place during daytime hours at a bridal boutique.
I'd say to avoid trendy colors (like orange blush or purple lips) and aim for your makeup to look like a slightly heavier variation of what you’d normally wear for the activity you’re filming.
4. Take The Day Off From Being Dewy: Make It Matte
The dewy look is great in person, but on-camera it’s going to make you look oily and greasy, and no one wants that.
For skin that looks lively, but not oily, use a luminizing primer like Tarte’s clean slate™ flawless
12-hr brightening primer underneath matte foundation and set everything with pressed powder to make sure you look fresh-faced and flawless all day.
I like MAC’s Studio Sculpt SPF 15 Foundation and pressed powder, but there are a lot of great options out there. Just be sure to bring your pressed powder along for the ride, especially if you’re filming all day like I did, because filming under those hot, bright lights will make you shiny.
5. Give Your Face Dimension
It’s important to use bronzer and highlight to give your skin some dimension on camera, but that doesn’t mean you need to do a heavy contour (although, if that is your thing, you do you).
For a natural look, using a light to purse your lips and brush some bronzer—Hoola Matte Bronzer by Benefit looks good on every skintone—in the hollows of your cheeks, starting at the hairline and moving down toward the corners of your mouth.
Use a highlighter, like Becca’s Shimmering Skin Perfector® Liquid Highlighter in Moonstone to trace the number 3: Starting at the right of your eyebrow, swooping down to the highest point on your cheekbone then swoop around again to brush your hairline before finishing up just underneath your bronzer.
6. Don’t Skip Blush
A lot of people, especially those of us with pink skin tone and/or red cheeks (guilty) tend to skip blush, but when you’re doing camera-ready makeup, blush is imperative. It will make you look younger and softer, and it helps blend the bronzer and highlighter together without looking harsh. Think pink, à la Nars' Orgasm Blush; there’s a reason everyone loves it: the soft pink color is natural and universally flattering.
7. Blend Like Your Life (Or Face) Depends on It.
Blending is the magic ingredient that creates a flawless face. Use a light hand and blend for as long as it takes to make sure everything is seamless and that there are no harsh lines because the best makeup is often "invisible" makeup.
8. Go For Gloss
Lip color can make or break your entire look, so tread with caution. Personally, I like a flushed pink lip (I’ve already mentioned that I am obsessed with NYX Cosmetics Slim Lip Pencil in "Sand Pink") but regardless of your color choice, this is the one instance to avoid a matte finish.
Throw a little gloss on top of your lipcolor of choice to make your lips look lush and plump...and don’t forget to bring it with you to reapply throughout the day!
Go out there and shine! And don't forget to tune into TLC on May 6th to see me!