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Casting directors, directors, producers and anyone sitting in that audition room are expecting to see the 110% authentic and real you- on your best day- walk in to that casting room. Let me clarify that by expectations I do not mean the stereotypical Hollywood movie star "glitzed and glamed for the red carpet," type. No. I am talking about the grounded, confident and unique ALL NAT-UR-AL type. The red Lipstick.. GTG. The smokey eye... GTG. The layers of foundation GTG. The two-inch thick eye liner... GTG. Mastering your "audition look" is an art all by itself. Ladies, THIS MATTERS so listen, learn and practice.
Los Angeles hair and makeup artist Anthony Pazos offers best practices on getting such an everyday look.
Less Is More
"Lighter is better," says Pazos when it comes to audition makeup. "You want to stay natural. And it's per person, too. So [our model's] colors would be purples, mauves, light browns, skin-tone colors. You can use black eyeliner on her but I'd prefer it if you used brown on her. So it depends on the coloring."
Under the Lash
Unless you have really big eyes, Pazos recommends gliding your eyeliner pencil under the lower lashes rather than inside the tear duct area. On our model, he used MAC's "Teddy" pencil, though his favorite is "Feline" by MAC. "It the blackest of the black," he explains. "It glides on really easily. When you have a pencil that's cheaper it won't actually glide. So you're struggling putting it on."
Drawing in Your Brow
Not every actor will have to draw in her eyebrows. Says Pazos, "Try not to paint it in first with a pencil. See if you can just brow gel it. Sometimes a brow gel will make it actually darker. You won't have to pencil it in. If you have to pencil it in, whatever your natural hair color is, go a few shades lighter than that."
Eye Shadow 101
Pazos says all you need are three colors: "Use a lighter color for the [upper] lash line to the crease; that's your highlight color. The darkest color will go in the crease; that's creating a contour and giving a false effect of a crease basically in your eye. It gives you definition. And then the last color, which is also a highlight color, goes on your brow bone. It's also a light color."
Foundation of Foundations
Pazos recommends the brand Makeup Forever to all actors, particularly those working in or wanting to work on-camera. He explains, "Everything else is too oily, looks too caked on, is too thick, and is too clumpy. The best, the lightest, the one that everyone is using in the industry would be Makeup Forever." He also likes the brand's powder.
"Makeup starts before you put on the makeup," says Pazos. "It starts off with the cleaning agent you're using for your face. You want to get facials. You have to wash your face every night. If you're on camera every day, you can't afford to look bad. It's all about staying competitive."
As for moisturizer, he recommends staying away from products with a lot of oil. "Oil is going to clog your skin, therefore giving you pimples and zits and therefore making you wear more foundation to cover it. And SPF is huge. It will prevent wrinkles and give you more time in the industry." Pazos' go-to brands are Murad and Dermalogica. After moisturizing the skin, Pazos likes to use a Smashbox primer. "It's really light. It helps fill in any fine lines that you may have before you put on your foundation or concealer. You want to stay away from anything that has a luminescence—any shine, any glitter, any fine brightness to it. What that's going to do, especially on camera, is it's going to make your face look greasy. If you're going in on an audition, you want to make sure your face is staying matte."
There are two ways to go about doing blush, according to the celebrity makeup artist. "There's contouring of the cheeks and then there's blush—totally different things," he says. "Blush is supposed to be just on the apples of your cheeks. It's supposed to give you a little bit of color to make you look healthy. So that would be more of the red or mauve tones, more healthy-looking tones. Whereas contouring would be more of the grays and browns to accentuate your cheeks to make them look more defined. Depending on your face shape, if you have a really round face, I recommend actually contouring your cheekbones to make your face defined."
Other Tips From a Pro
- You don't have to spend a lot on mascara. Pazos says the cheaper brands, namely Cover Girl, Maybelline, and L'Oreal, are great. He also says not to pump your mascara as it dries it out sooner than if you swirl it in the canister. And throw out that mascara after three months.
- If you're going to spend money, invest in a good set of brushes. "If you don't have the right tools, it's not going to look the same," says Pazos. "You can fake it, but it will make your job easier if you have the right tools." He especially recommends a foundation brush. If you prefer to apply foundation with a sponge, be sure to throw it away after a few applications. "It's a breeding ground for bacteria."
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Humans who aspire to achieve great things seem to always welcome encouraging words, set to bring truth, inspiration and to keep their “head in the game.”
As a talent agent in Nashville, TN. it is important that every creative professional I work with here in Music City, USA understand at least this one truth: They hold the future successes of their careers in their very own hands.
The entertainment business is not for everyone. Many talented individual never progress or see success because they refuse to commit 110%. Obtaining a career in entertainment is no different than any other career, skill or trade. We all start at the bottom and... well...that means there IS a ladder to climb if we want to reach the top.
I have selected a few of the most truthful revelations, spoken by the well known actors themselves that have climbed the same ladder. The following words will certainly encourage some, but may they ignite a spark in all!
Because without a spark no one will ever experience a flame.
"Play the moment not the story." - Sanford Mesiner
"The camera can film my face but until it captures my soul you don't have a movie." - Al Pacino
"It's the actors that are prepared to make a fool of themselves who are usually the ones who come to mean something to the audience." - Christian Bale
"Talent and passion are essential in an actors life. Training is the glue that holds it all together." - Denise Simon
"Study, find all the good teachers and study with them, get involved in acting to act, not to be famous or for the money. Do plays. It's not worth it if you are just in it for the money. You have to love it." - Phillip Seymour Hoffman
"Wanting to be good a good actor is just not enough. You must want to be a great actor. You just have to have that." - Gary Oldman
"Acting is not about dressing up but stripping bare. The whole essence of learning lines is to forget them so you can make them sound like you thought of them that instant." -Glenda Jackson
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To work as a professional creative artist in the entertainment industry, whether as an actor, dancer, singer, musician, all of the above, and really any entertainment professional for that matter, the rule still applies.Read More