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fresh out of the shower

When I’m in the field or at a high school career day, the second question I often get after, “Can I be on TV” is “Does someone do your hair and makeup?”  Sadly the answer to both questions is no.  Well often “no” to the first one and a definitely “no” to the second one.

me with makeup and hair done

Network level anchors, think Katie Couric, Diane Sawyer, and Barbara Walters – they have makeup and hair people.  For most of the rest of us local news folks, we’re on our own.

Somewhere along the line someone, likely at a makeup counter, showed us (TV news people) how to apply TV makeup, which before HD, just meant a lot of it.  First there was the pan-cake stuff.  Max Factor made them.  They came in a stick that you would swipe across your forehead, cheeks, nose and chin and then blend.  Then many of us moved onto MAC.  I remember sitting at Nordstrom’s MAC counter at the Santa Anita Mall in California trying to remember what the woman was doing to my face and praying I could duplicate it.  There were eyebrow pencils, a heavy-duty cream foundation followed by a powder foundation, three shades of shadow, a lip liner, a lipstick, mascara, blush, and eyeliner.  I actually worked at a station where a consultant told all the anchors to wear fake eyelashes.  They were fun, though a bit much, but I had to stop when I developed an allergic reaction to the adhesive.  To be honest I’m still envious of those who still wear them and wear them well.

When High Definition came into play we had to refigure makeup.  It changed from heavy foundation to cover everything to specially made makeup for HD, which covered little. The foundation was more transparent.  HD shows overly made up faces so colors for your cheeks and lips need to be more natural shades (so I’m told).

So this is what it takes to get me from the shower to in front of a camera.

Here are the products I currently use: a Smashbox primer, Make Up Forever’s HD Foundation, Make Up Forever’s HD powder.  Then I fill in my brows with Shu Uemura eyebrown pencil in Seal Brow, highlight my brow bone with a Bobbi Brown shadow in White.  Next I brush a few strokes of Bobbi Brown’s shadow in Champagne on my lids, followed by brushing MAC shadow in Mystery into the creases.  I follow with a line to the top of my lashes with a MAC liquid liner in black then finish with several coats of Rimmel’s Glam’Eyes mascara.  I use Bobbi Brown’s blush in Apricot.  I usually use a bit of a bronzer as I tend to look washed out.  I’ve tried several, but I’m currently using Tarte in Park Ave Princess.  If it’s a reporting day for me I use MAC’s Pro Longwear lipcolour in Passion Preserved (it stays on for about 8 hours).  If I’m on set I use Bobbi Brown’s lip gloss in Tawny Rose.  It’s now discontinued so if you see any out there, let me know so I can stock up!

Now to the hair.  As you’ve seen in a previous post, there’s some craziness when in comes to my hair.  I’ve loved many of the styles.  I didn’t particularly like the early years, but I think that’s when I thought news people had short coiffed hair and the general manager at my station at the time also preferred us to have short hair.  It’s tough to battle those two forces.  My two favorites — the wavy do with near-blonde highlights from the Fox days (thank you Genevieve at Salon Marc Harris on Newbury Street) and my current cut which is a more modern angular bob with subtle highlights (thank you Donald at Carmen, Carmen in Cotswald).  While with Genevieve, I used tons of Bumble and Bumble products, which I loved, I can’t remember all of the products I used.  And with Donald, up until recently, he used Aveda products in my hair.  I love the Phomollient and the Air Control.  He also implored me to use a straightener for the ends of my hair.

For all those wondering why there’s so much big hair on TV, it’s because we’re 2-dimensional on your screen, so fuller hair gives us more depth.

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20 Responses to “tv ready”

  1. Jon says:

    When I was at ABC News…..there was a guy who would tease Barbara Walters hair for 45 min while she ran through formats prior to taping…..all on camera for the whole crew to see…..a ton of hairspray……like a cloud on set.

    • suetran says:

      i love this story!!! my friend worked at nbc with katie couric and said they’d often finish her makeup and hair during the show! it’s a different world! good for them… i have something to aspire to. imagine how cute i could look if i had a professional hair/makeup person!!

  2. becky says:

    Good Lord woman, I think I can empty a dishwasher, pack lunches, make breakfast, clean the breakfast dishes, change a poopy diaper, get both kids dressed, down a cup of coffee and swipe a brush through my hair in that amount of time.

    I’m just teasing you, I’m just jealous b/c even if I spent that much time, I wouldn’t look as good as you.

    I know what you mean about the fake eyelashes though. They put them on me for a wedding I was in and I don’t know if it was poor application or what but I looked like a tranny.

    • suetran says:

      becks… please… you look beautiful without makeup… that’s the truth!
      and I need 20 minutes of hair and makeup to look good! it’s sad really! 😉

  3. This is the best post yet!

  4. Christina says:

    Besides Jarrett’s birthday post – this was my favorite yet!!

  5. carrie says:

    Beautiful !!!

  6. Alan McKenna says:

    You lost me at Smashbox primer…but wow. Great post. I assume you picked up the hair tricks from Joe.

  7. Szarowicz says:

    Was the video altered in any way? It looked like parts of it were in fast-forward, but Tran typically looks like she’s in fast forward so I’m not sure.

  8. Andre says:

    Money down the drain! Toss everything-except hair products-into the trash . . . you don’t need ’em.

  9. jules says:

    Definitely one of my favorite posts so far. Hilarious that you were chatting through the whole thing!
    TV may require all that of you, but you definitely don’t need all that work to look good, you hottie.
    Next time I go out on the town I need you to do my hair and makeup for me. 🙂

  10. Katie says:

    This was definitely not anti-climatic. Loved it!!

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