The introduction of HD brought with it a fresh set of challenges for makeup artists. Some of these include

  • Hiding facial hair is more difficult with HD.
  • Sponges and brushes are used less frequently and more carefully because they can leave telltale ‘brushstrokes’ which can be picked by HD.
  • Airbrushed makeup is more popular with HD shots.
  • Traditional opaque crème foundation, which is easily detected by HD, has been replaced by sheer liquid formation.

Makeup with HDHair

When it comes to makeup, hair is treated in different ways. Makeup artists may color or style the talent’s own hair. Alternatively, s makeup artist may also choose to use wigs or supplementary hairpieces.

Hair Alteration

In situations where tiny alterations are required, styling, resetting and waving are often the popular choice. However, in situations where more advanced alterations need to be done—alterations that may require shaving or cutting—wigs are more likely to be used. Makeup artists can alter the hair color of the talent with the use of rinses, bleaches, and sprays. To give hair added onscreen life, dark hair can be brightened with the use of a silver dust or gold.


There are different approaches to working with costumes during TV productions. Some productions allow their talent to wear their own clothing. Larger television organizations prefer to hire a specialist to make this decision. In such cases, the specialist is careful to take into consideration the feelings of the client when making costume suggestions, especially when it means that they will have to replace their own outfit.

Just like natural features, outfits may appear different on camera. Colors that look good under natural light may appear off under the glare of artificial lighting. Some outfits may look better during a close-up than they do from a distance. In situations where a particular outfit suggested by the stylist doctor  is commercially unavailable, it may have to be designed and created from scratch. The following are some of the problems that may affect costumes:

  • White shirts and blouse: The problem with white outfits is that they may lose all detail when the camera has to adjust to focus on the talent’s face.
  • Vibrant Colours  As appealing as they may appear under natural light, vibrant colours can appear over-saturated on camera and reflect onto the surrounding skin.
  • Glossy material: Glossy material may reflect the incident light causing unplanned glares on the camera.
  • Fine stripes and pattern: Depending on the size and the location of the camera, these types of designs may cause a localized flicker during shoots.
  • Shiny metallic finishes: Just like white outfits, these types of costumes can lead to bright highlights, which may distract the audience from the primary focus.
  • Noisy Jewellery: The rustles and clinks caused by jewellery such as beads may interfere with the microphone and recorded sound.
  • Dark tones: They may be a good way to minimize the size of the talent, but dark tones make it harder for cameras to capture detail.
  • Low necklines: Unless this is the intended effect, low necklines may make the talent look topless in close shots.
  • Reflective jewellery: Rhinestones or similar kinds of jewellery are generally avoided because they can cause obstructive flashes during shoots.