Think back to a special occasion. Maybe it was a graduation day, your wedding or the day your first child was born. You've noticed that you've got a special glow -- maybe it's from the excitement of the occasion, or maybe it's from professional videography. Regardless, you want to recapture that glow. Though much of your appearance on video and film depends on the camera and lighting, there are numerous other things you can do to improve the look of your skin tone on video.
To begin with, determine if you have a warm or cool skin tone by looking at the veins on the underside of your forearm. If they're blue, you have a cool skin tone, while green veins suggest a warm skin tone. Choose clothing based on your skin tone so that your outfit complements you instead of washing you out. Cool skin tones should stick to bright jewel tones while warm skin tones should stay with earthy yellows, greens and reds.
Once you've selected the proper color for your attire, base your makeup on the lighting. If possible, put on your makeup under the actual lighting so you can see exactly what will look good and what won't. In natural lighting, you won't need a heavy foundation, but under bright, penetrating studio lights, you'll need a thicker base and bolder colors on your lips and cheeks.
If you have no control over your wardrobe and have no idea what the lighting will be like, at the very least you can set yourself up for success by prepping your skin. One of the easiest ways to improve the appearance of your skin tone on video is to control shine. Start by washing your face and using an astringent to tighten your pores. Apply a foundation that matches your skin to even it out, and layer it with a matching powder. Even if your skin isn't normally oily, the contrast of video shows shine more noticeably than in real life. In addition, if you're working with hot studio lights, you'll likely find yourself sweating and shining more often. Find a good powder, and keep it with you at all times to reapply.
With just about everyone in possession of a digital camera or a cell phone that takes pictures, you've always got to be ready to look your best. Read on to discover how to get your skin tone picture perfect.