BEAUTY 911: "I Need to Look Good on Camera!"

Here's (almost) everything I put on my face when a lot of people are going to see it.
Publish date:
June 29, 2012
shoppables, hair, makeup, skin, lipstick, camera ready

Hi Julie,

I'm such a fan of your articles and I am in a real beauty bind!

I just found out that in the next couple of weeks I will be occasionally on camera during the filming of a reality show. Not as a main character, just sometimes in scenes.

I wear makeup every day but just tinted moisturizer, mascara, and a red lip. My skin is not perfect but it looks good enough like this for me to feel okay leaving the house but obviously I want to look PERFECT if the whole world is gonna be watching! I have blonde shoulder length hair that I usually just let dry into its natural waves . I'm happy with my daily routine and style but I'm not sure how it will translate on camera.

What can I do to look fabulous and put together on the small screen?

Thanks in advance!

When it comes to doing my makeup for pictures and video things, I double up on my daytime look for a finish that may not appear 100% natural in real life, but works beautifully on-camera. I've managed to conceal acne well enough to convince readers that the spots are fictional. And I've faked full brows even after I've tweezered them down to their skinniest.

Here's what I put on my face when I want to look extra hot, ie. on camera or at the club:

Laura Mercier Foundation Primer Radiance, $30: I skip moisturizer and prep my face using this stuff instead. Always have and always will.

Armani Designer Lift Foundation, $65: I've tried every foundation out there and this formula is unrivaled. It has believably disguised the worst of my acne and if your skin is relatively even, it eliminates the need for concealer.

Dermablend Smooth Indulgence Concealer, $22: This concealer is strong enough to cover a tattoo, trust it can handle under-eye circles and dark spots. I dot it around my eyes after applying foundation.

Make Up For Ever HD Microfinish Powder, $16: After blotting my foundation and concealer with a tissue, I dust this translucent powder over my whole face to eliminate any excess shine. It creates a matte finish without making me look like a corpse.

Maybelline Full N' Soft Mascara, $7: When it comes to lashes, it doesn't really matter what you choose, just put something on them. This cheapie mascara adds clump-free definition and the waterproof formula comes off without ripping out your natural lashes.

Anastasia Brow Wiz, $20: Filling in your brows is essential to looking good on camera. Go hard! Apply too much pencil. Just don't skip this step or you'll look less pretty.

As for lips, keep your signature red if it makes you feel good. It sounds like you've got your hair under control. Whatever you do, just don't tie it up. Are we good? OK. Send me a pic when you're all done!

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