I had a casting last Friday for a PlayStation 4 commercial and in the morning as I was applying my make up, I thought it might be a nice blog post to share with you what I use when preparing for a casting**. What with all TV, Film & Commercial castings being filmed and in HD too, it’s important to me to make sure my skin is looking as fresh and as glowing as possible. It just gives you that extra confidence boost you need in these nerve-racking situations.
**Obviously it depends on the role you are going for but more often than not this look seems to do the trick.
I always prep my skin with the MAC Prep+Prime Fix+ Spray, it’s a great base for make up and on a sunny day (yes, I know we don’t get many of those in England), it cools and calms the skin. I then use the NARS Sheer Glow Foundation in Vallauris, which I apply with my Beauty Blender. It gives that airbrushed finish that I personally don’t think you can get from a brush. Along with the NARS foundation I use the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in Honey to cover any blemishes and hide those tired looking eyes, again applied with my mini Beauty Blender. (NARS packaging is so simple yet chic – I love it!) Then it’s time to set my foundation and I use another NARS product, which is the Light Reflecting Setting Powder in Translucent Crystal. It helps to keep the foundation in place, as well as adding to that airbrushed finish!
Then on to giving my face some colour. I love the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette. It was a Christmas gift and it is simply beautiful. Another company that makes gorgeous packaging as well as fabulous products. In here I use the Ambient Lighting Bronzer in Luminous Bronze Light and for my blusher I use the colour Luminous Flush. It has that hint of highlight in it, which gives a beautiful glow.
At a headshot session a few years ago the photographer taught me all about the importance of filling in your eyebrows, and ever since that day I will never leave the house
with out doing my eyebrows. It just finishes of your whole face. Now, you can go out and buy the latest brow kits but I actually use a MAC eyeshadow in the colour Mystery. It’s obviously a matte shadow (no sparkly eyebrows here!!) and the colour is a perfect match. Plus, I think it’s a lot easier to apply than the gels or liquid brow kits you can get. I also add a little bit of Benefit’s High Beam along my cheek and brow bone.
The last thing I then do is apply some mascara. I have to curl my eyelashes before I put my mascara on, if I don’t there is no lift in them whatsoever. I use the NARS Volumizing Mascara in Black. And that’s me done! I don’t apply eyeshadow or any colour to my lips, but I will make sure I apply my Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream to make sure my lips are soft and moisturised. One final spritz of the MAC Prep+Prime Fix+ Spray to set everything and I’m out the door!
N.B. I am in no way a make up expert or any good at applying it for that matter. I’m purely sharing what I use. Plus, I really didn’t realise quite how many NARS products I had until this blog post!