One of the first lessons a director learns about shooting is that natural scenes do not always render the same way on screen. A nose becomes larger or a forehead appears more prominent.

Breathtakingly beautiful people suddenly appear less impressive under the unforgiving effects of artificial light and a focus camera. It is a common instance during shoots. Fortunately, it is also one with a ready solution: a makeup artist. The skills of a makeup artist are invaluable during TV production.

Makeup and Costumes for TVThey can be used in enhance or alter the features of a person depending on the role and the nature of the production.

Forms of Makeup

There are three major forms of television makeup treatment. straight, corrective, and character Makeup. Each of these offers different kinds of treatment;

  • Straight Makeup is the basic type of makeup done for the most traditional of reasons—the enhancement of a person’s natural features. The result of this makeup is not as drastic as other options. Straight makeup typically involves:
  • Routine improvement, which is used to reduce the effects of shiny foreheads, poor skin tone, dark shadow beneath the eyes, and lessen beard lines.
  • Skin tone adjustment, which is used to create a good tonal balance on screen. Dark complexions can be lightened and pale faces darkened.

Straight makeup is not always required. Compared to other forms of makeup, it is simpler. Some performers are even able to handle their own makeup

  • Corrective makeup is used to reduce the weaker features of a person while highlighting their attractive points. For instance, it can be used to enhance the look of a person’s eyes while reducing the blemishes on their skin. The general aim of a corrective makeup is to deliver enhancements that appear natural on the screen. Makeup may be used to improve a person’s skin tone, cover tattoos and hide skin blemishes.
  • Character Makeup is done in relation to the script. For instance, if a person is playing an older role in a movie, character makeup can be used to age his features. A makeup artist will typically apply the makeup before a shoot and then use the results of the rehearsal to gauge how well and natural the results look.

Makeup Treatment

The length of time required for makeup is determined by different factors. On average, male makeup is done within 3 to 10 minutes while female makeup may require twice as much time. Corrective makeup takes longer to apply than straight makeup. Character makeup accounts for the most time and may take minutes or even hours to be done correctly. Depending on the length of the shoot, fresh makeup will be needed after a few hours because the original application would have lost most of its effect. It is important to note that in certain cases, performers may be unable to receive makeup because of allergies.

Principles of Makeup

Makeup is primarily used for positive enhancement. It can be used to improve a character’s features or compensate for poor or tricky lighting.