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Harnessing the Power of Your Creative Makeup Skills for TV, Film and Commercial Productions

As a makeup artist, you have the unique opportunity to bring your creativity to life. Whether you’re working on a feature film, a TV show or a commercial campaign, the possibilities are truly endless when it comes to creating powerful looks that capture the concept of any project. In this blog post, we’ll look at the different ways that you as a makeup artist can unleash your creativity in TV, film and commercial productions.

Creating Impactful Makeup Looks for TV & Film Production

When working on a television show or movie set, your goal is to create an impactful look that captures the essence of each character. And many times this is not the “go-to” beauty and glam look. To be effective in creating makeup to bring the character to life, you need to be aware of all the elements that will define each character – from wardrobe to hairstyle to the scenes they will act in – and how they work together to create a unified look. Makeup should complement these elements while also adding depth and dimension to characters. You can achieve this by experimenting with different techniques and products such as contouring, highlighting and color correcting. And on occasion it’s likely you will incorporate special fx makeup, bruises, cuts, dirt, grime, face and body painting into the character’s look depending on their role and the scenarios the character goes through. I've been known to add a gold tooth or two as well!

One way to ensure maximum impact is by keeping up with current trends in beauty, fashion and film. This will help you stay ahead of the curve when it comes to creating looks that are fresh, modern and appropriate for the project at hand. Additionally, looking to the past at historical makeup looks, magazines, and movies is a valuable source of inspiration and resource for re-creating specific looks. Additionally, by paying attention to details like eye shape or lip size can help you create looks that are more believable and realistic for each character. All of these images are examples of creative makeup I've created for commercial productions and music videos.

Makeup For Commercials & Brand Promotions

When creating makeup looks for commercials or brand promotions, it’s important to understand the message being communicated by each brand or product and how best to illustrate it through makeup artistry. For example, if you’re working on an ad for a luxury skincare line, chances are you want your models looking flawless with glowing skin tones rather than dramatic eyeshadow looks or heavy contours. On the flip side, if the ad is for a cosmetics line targeting teenage girls then bold colors may be more suitable as they will likely have more appeal among younger audiences. It’s also worth noting that subtlety is often key; too much makeup can make an image seem artificial so always keep in mind what is appropriate for each particular project.

The power of experimentation should also not be underestimated when creating makeup looks for commercials or brand promotions—you never know what kind of cool look you might come up with or be asked to create! It pays off big time when even small changes result in stunningly beautiful visuals that capture viewers' attention instantly - something everyone involved in production can appreciate!

As a makeup artist working on TV, film and commercial production sets, your creativity knows no bounds! From iconic characters on television shows to stunning visuals used in advertising campaigns to the simple, natural no makeup makeup looks — understanding how best to use products as well as staying abreast of current and past trends will go a long way towards helping you create memorable looks that leave lasting impressions! So take advantage of all the amazing opportunities to harness your creative makeup powers and skills! Don't be afraid to say yes and stretch your skill set!

*All photos are just a small sampling of the creative and natural makeup looks I've created for commercial productions, advertising campaigns and music videos.



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I'm Cristy Guy

I'm a freelance commercial makeup artist & wardrobe stylist who has gone from the farm to NFL football fields and beyond working across the pond too! I love makeup & kits, the beach, a good top knot and pro football. I'm here to help you work with A-List clients and navigate the commercial, TV and film makeup industries.


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