Tips & Tricks: An Alternative for Makeup in Interview Situations

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One of the many challenges involved in shooting an interview is getting the shine off of someone’s face. Normally when someone has an extra oily face, makeup is called for. I don’t know about you, but I typically work as a one man band and the budget rarely has room for a makeup artist. Now while a little bit of powder can get the job done, there are other problems you can run into such as making the person uncomfortable or getting powder on their nice clean, often black suit.
Here’s a trick I learned from my friend and colleague Jason Rogers over at Argonaut Productions. He in turn learned it from a guy he use to assist. The secret is (drum roll) Clean & Clear Oil-Absorbing Sheets. These are small, thin sheets that do an incredible job of dabbing up excess oil. They come in packs of 50 and run anywhere from $4.99 and up. You can order them online or can generally be found anywhere with a cosmetics isle. To use them, ask the interviewee prior to the interview to dab (not wipe) their forehead, nose, cheeks (really their whole face) with one of these to remove any shininess. They work wonders. They also don’t smudge makeup which is also a big plus.
Now these obviously aren’t meant to completely replace a makeup artist. There have been numerous times when someone has had a blemish or red splotches and I’ve had to deal with it in post (which is often a nightmare). But for low budget, one man crew interviews, these are a must have for your gear bag.


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