#TipTuesday is a series MAX Agency — one of the top Toronto talent agencies — does every week where we share helpful tips for the industry. This could be tips on auditions, bookings, beauty, fashion and more!
Looking your best is important in this industry! You always should strive to put your best self forward.
From the moment you enter the room, you want to present yourself properly and be ready to slip effortlessly into the role you’re reading for. Your face is not only your vehicle for expression; it’s a big part of the reason you get the gig.
It’s important to arrive well-groomed and naturally made up. You should look like your headshot, since this is what the casting director is expecting. For men, conceal blemishes and dark circles under the eyes, and use a blot powder or blot papers to eliminate shine.
Skin and Shine
Use anti-shine. If you’re a little bit dewy when you walk in, you’re going to look really shiny. Blot Powder by MAC is really great. It’s in a compact and it comes with a little puff, and it doesn’t have any pigment. You can dust that over the T-zone, and it will zap any shine, and it’s not like makeup.
For women, the big thing is lightening up. Keeping the skin matte — using foundations, shadows, and everything that has a more matte finish will just universally be more flattering on camera. They might want to change their makeup a little and avoid things with shimmer. What’s really hot right now are those mineral powders with light reflection, and those are great when you’re having lunch with your friends, but that’s not going to look great on camera.
Hair and Beards
With hair, anything that’s going to make the eyes look less expressive — heavy bangs or anything on the forehead — you might want to brush that back a little to make it a little cleaner-looking. [For beards,] maybe shave under the jaw line and around the cheeks, just to sort of tailor it a little more.
Don’t overgloss lips. If you want to get a little interest in the face and you’re doing everything else very matte, you can do a little gloss, but keep it within the lip line and blot it a shade.
Stay away from really muddy colors. You want things that look like your skin — very healthy. Go for things like your natural color but a little more vivid. Same with your cheeks: Use what you would naturally blush. And most women don’t blush terra cotta or bronze or anything sort of mauvey. Get things that look juicy and healthy, so that in these lighting situations with a lot of white light, you’ll still look balanced and healthy.
Role Specific Looks
For men, keep it very light. A tinted moisturizer (Laura Mercier makes a great one), very minimal powder, and lip balm is typically all that’s needed.
While keeping it natural, I also think it’s important to consider the role you’re auditioning for. If you’re going for a younger role, keep the makeup very light and fresh. For a more mature role, you can darken it up a bit. Just as long as you still look like you.
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