On-Camera Clothing & Makeup Guide:
Pre-screen & Common App Video Submissions
Every time you step in front of the camera to film your audition submission, you should SHINE like the star you are. If you're wearing that crazy checkered romper though, chances are that might not happen! Here are some helpful tips & tricks to make sure you look your best no matter what you're filming!
1. Be the jewel of the crown!
Always avoid white & black – these colors appear very intense onscreen and have the tendency to wash out most performers. You may have a clothing accent with either of these colors OR if you really want to wear something darker, try navy – it looks amazing on everyone! Also, anything in the jewel tones, like emerald green, sapphire blue, deep ruby red, or deep purple will always compliment your skin tone and make your eyes pop! Interesting tip, most commercial actors say the color blue books the job every time!
2. Save the gingham for the picnic.
In general, it is always best to avoid patterns of any kind, especially when combined with black & white. Small, repetitive patterns like pinstripes, chevron, plaid, and houndstooth are difficult to see on video and can make your audience dizzy. If you do have a favorite patterned shirt or dress, try layering a neutral jacket or sweater over it. Check twice with a selfie if you have any doubts about that plaid!
3. Shine on camera – NOT in your outfit.
Sequins, shiny fabrics, and anything with sparkle will not be flattering on camera, so save it for the stage! Instead, try thicker fabrics or tailor made clothing that will create a smooth profile. Also, stay away from tight clothing that might make you feel self conscious about your body. You want to light up the camera & feel confident in your audition, so wear an outfit that fits well and you can move in if needed!
4. Put on some red lipstick, bombshell!
Unfortunately, Chapstick & some sunscreen won't cut it for the camera! Think of makeup for ‘on camera’ one level down from stage makeup. You don't need the thick Pan Stik foundation, but you do need something to balance out your complexion. For guys, a simple tinted moisturizer (available at any drug store) & some powder will do the trick! For ladies, it's always best to think of your makeup for ‘on camera’ as a look for a special occasion. And ladies, you should definitely highlight your favorite feature – play up your eyes & choose a neutral lipstick OR go with a brighter lipstick & neutral eyes with eyeliner. And always keep the blush a nice healthy glow – we don't want to mistake your rosy cheeks for a sunburn!
5. Be the BEST version of yourself!
Most importantly choose a look that feels authentic to you AND allows the audience to focus on your talent! You don't want to distract anyone from the most amazing high note or most dramatic line because you wore that ducky tie.
Caroline Selia is a NYC-based singing coach, co-founder of Polish Your Passion, and a professional singer/actor. She holds a B.F.A. in Performance from Carnegie Mellon University, and an M.M. from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and has been teaching for the past 14 years, advising and coaching students through the college audition process and beyond. She loves sparkles, Audra McDonald, and emojis ;-)