Two very common questions asked by clients who want to prepare for a video shoot include “What should I wear?” and “What do I do about makeup?”. Before showing up for a video shoot, or even before setting up your ring light to self-film, there are a few things to keep in mind. Even if you read no further than this, one thing to remember is, simple is best.
Hair and Makeup Tips for Video Filming
It’s a common misconception that only women should wear makeup while filming. The makeup isn’t there to make you seem “glamorous” but instead prevent too much shine and the illusion of being washed out by studio lights.
Keep makeup simple. Add a bit of eyeliner or mascara to your eyes to make them stand out on screen. If you want to add a little eyeshadow, stick to neutral, non-flashy colors. Paula Rizzo has great advice when it comes to creating a natural look for the camera. She suggests using three neutral shades — light, medium, and dark — for a simple, professional look.
Add a lip color that isn’t extremely bright and us a shade of concealer that resembles your skin tone and top with powder to prevent any shine created by studio lighting.
Once you are finished with your eye makeup, lips, and face, a little blush emphasizes the cheekbones, and the added color can prevent bright video lights from washing out your skin tone.
When it comes to your hair, be sure it is brushed and styled. This doesn’t mean you have to run to a salon before your shoot. Just by simply checking your hair in the mirror and making sure you have no flyways you can look camera-ready.
Avoid hairstyles where hair hangs constantly in your face, for this is distracting to both you and the viewer. If you want to add a little bit of product, go ahead, just don’t go overboard.
Accessories to Wear for Filming
Keep your jewelry and accessories simple as well. Having wild pieces or anything too chunky will take away the viewers’ attention from your overall message.
Quick Tip: Unless your video is about jewelry or accessories, jewelry and accessories should not be the center of attention, the focus should be on the speaker within the video.
What To Wear For a Videoshoot
When it comes to jewelry, keep all necklaces, bracelets, and earrings minimal. Having wild pieces or anything too chunky might take away the viewers’ attention from your message.
Wear clothes you would on a normal workday. Don’t wear anything too tight or restricting. You want to be able to move around a little.
When you choose what you are wearing to prepare for a video shoot, dodge large patterns. Solid, neutral colors are crucial for a successful video. Loud patterns such as checkers and stripes can take away from anything important.
Fix any wrinkled clothing, crooked collars, and anything that will distract from the finished video.
While we stress the importance of looking professional. Don’t forget the following additional tips when it comes to acting in a professional manner on the day of filming.
Show Up On Time
Some say five minutes early IS on time, however most production companies just as one thing of you. Please don’t be late. People are relying on you to run on an organized schedule. Oftentimes, video production companies have many clients and are on a tight schedule for shooting and editing videos. You will receive a set call-time for a reason, please be mindful when it comes to other people’s schedules.
Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate
Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated before and during filming. If you are doing an all-day shoot, make sure you stay hydrated. It’s easy to forget simple things like this, so carry around a water bottle if you can.
Take a Breather
It’s ok to take a 5-10 minute break every now and then. In the long run, breaks can give the mind a chance to recuperate and adjust to new ideas. This will also make you appear less groggy or tired.
Grab a snack, take a seat, or use the time to use the restroom if needed.
“We do our best when we look our best”
“We do our best when we look our best” is a common phrase that a lot of people stand behind. Frankly, this phrase tends to hold true. According to Glassdoor, “the entire concept of diversity hiring is predicated on physical appearance; but study after study suggests that possessing “beauty capital” has a real impact on the bottom line – and a key determinant in predicting the relative success of a business or personal brand.”
If our appearance has that much of a say in our lives, wouldn’t you want to maintain it? At work we are surrounded by colleagues and other employers, so of course we want to look organized and together. Today, we wanted to talk about tips and tricks for your wardrobe and makeup while filming in-studio or on-site.
For more tips and tricks about getting ready to film and prepare for a video shoot, feel free to contact us at Steady State Media. We would be happy to chat with you!