TELEVISION WARDROBE AND MAKEUP TIPS FOR MEN

Welcome to Starlight Media Productions!
This tip sheet is to help you prepare for your professional on camera image.

WARDROBE

Avoid:

* Fabrics that wrinkle easily like linen

* Baggy clothes (Makes people look heavier than they really are)

* Shiny tie tacks, cuff links, or buttons. (Glints off camera lens)

* Silk (It rustles on clip-on microphone, causing sound problems, and shows sweat stains quickly)

* Hats (They cast shadows onto the face)

* Fabrics with tight patterns, like checks, stripes, herring bone and hounds tooth (They create an unstable, vibrating jumpy effect on the TV screen)

* Clothes or shoes that display brand names or commercial logos

* Outfits in the latest style (Fads quickly date the video)

* Deeply saturated colors like orange, yellow and red. (These colors tend to glow on the TV screen)

* Bright white or dark colors. (Complexion looks washed out on camera).


Do Wear:

 * Pastels photograph well on camera (Example: light blue shirt with light gray jacket)

* Medium earth tone colors like blue, brown, or green also work well. 

* Natural fabrics like wool or cotton photograph better than synthetics.

* Simple, classic styles. Bring a duplicate or near duplicate of your shirt and tie in case of sweat, spills, or stains.

 
MAKEUP

*It’s very common for the camera lens to magnify facial oils. The most common areas are the oily “T-zone” on your forehead, cheeks and chin. We may gently blot your face with a soft cotton pad and then apply a light dusting of translucent powder to your face to eliminate the oily shine. Our translucent powder is hypoallergenic.

*Eyebrow brush. Lightly brushed in natural direction of brow line.

*Eyebrow pencil. To darken light eyebrows, if necessary.


GLASSES

*Glasses. We will try our best to accommodate you, although be prepared that some lighting situations may not adjust to your lens style. The more convex your glasses lenses are, the more they create “glasses glare” from the light. Consider your appearance without glasses or wear contact lenses.

*Without Glasses. If you are asked to remove them, we can apply concealer cream to cover any red marks left by your glasses pads on the sides of your nose. We will alert you to any signs of “squinting” during taping. If you need cue cards, we will be happy to write the key points in Large Print for you!


CLIP-ON MICROPHONE (Lavalier)

 * The microphone. This will be attached approximately six inches under your chin. (Breastbone area) A button up sweater, shirt, or blazer with lapels makes an ideal top to clip the microphone onto and hide unsightly cables. Ties also make an ideal attachment to center the microphone and hide the cable wire. Avoid pullover sweaters or T-shirts since we can’t hide unsightly cable wires. 

 *The transmitter. The clip-on microphone is connected by cable wire to a transmitter. The transmitter is the size of a small pager that clips onto your hip area. This sends your audio signal to the camera receiver. The more secure the transmitter attachment is, the better it protects from sound interference.

*The best choices for wearing a hip transmitter are slacks or jeans that have a firm waistband. Then we can clip the transmitter onto your hip and cover it with your shirt or blazer. For gentlemen who wear a robe, a strong leather or corded waist belt is ideal.


YOUR APPEARANCE

When you select your wardrobe, please keep in mind:

·  What represents you in your natural working environment?

·  Who is your audience and what kind of impression do you want to make on them? Casual? Professional?

·  Most important of all: Make a great impression on your viewers and plan accordingly!


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