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No Makeup TV

TV, without makeup, via augmented reality
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Just saw a small embarrassing moment for a guest on a live TV show, as the camera cut to the guest prior to the application of makeup being finished.

Nixon famously lost the Kennedy debate by refusing makeup and looking worse on TV.

But how is this still a thing in 2019?

TV camera software can brighten the requisite colors as needed automatically to make guests look lifelike, without the need to apply makeup prior to appearing on camera.

theircompetitor, Apr 25 2019

Test Card 53 https://www.bbc.co....ns/rdreport_1967_10
[Ian Tindale, Apr 25 2019]


       This is still a thing (or even a think) because, in general, people look better with makeup, especially on TV where the lighting may be harsh and the studio hot. What's wrong with wanting to look good, or wanting to look at people who look good?   

       If you can point to any examples of people who look good on TV without any makeup, that's just because their makeup has been done well enough that it doesn't look like makeup.
MaxwellBuchanan, Apr 25 2019

       [MB] the point being the same camera effects that will draw bunny ears on your face on Snapchat or Facebook could be used to digitally "add" the makeup, hence "augmented reality"...
theircompetitor, Apr 25 2019

       // make guests look lifelike //   

       Teresa May is easy - just crank up the pressure of the embalming fluid to sbout 8 Bar.   

       If you mean Donald Tusk, you're going to need some astonishing software, and multiple supercomputers.   

       And a bigger boat ...
8th of 7, Apr 25 2019

       //digitally "add" the makeup//   

       I think the fundamental point here is that makeup artists are cheaper by the hour than digital effectors.
MaxwellBuchanan, Apr 25 2019

       I’m not sure that the motive is accurate here. The original reason for makeup on film was that the black and white film used for cine was originally not panchromatic but orthochromatic (not sensitive at the red end, and therefore incidentally able to be developed with the aid of a safelight in the darkroom). Pan films when introduced commercially were more expensive anyway, so normal ortho films continued to be mainstream. Makeup was required as all distinguishing features of human skin are in the red end of the spectrum – for example, lips rendered quite strangely without makeup.   

       In television, related oddities of chromatic response existed in early television tubes (not so much Vidicon / Plumbicon types but their predecessors such as the Image Orthicon). (See Test Card 53). Therefore makeup would be seen as essential to balance out the grey response of facial features.   

       Other than that, makeup continued to be used for shot-to-shot consistency, etc, and of course, to just plain and simply look better. Of course, in theatre makeup has been used to increase dramatic effect (or decrease it in some cases).
Ian Tindale, Apr 25 2019

       // makeup would be seen as essential to balance out the grey response of facial features. //   

       Ahh, the notorious "John Major" problem ...
8th of 7, Apr 25 2019

       It’s weird when someone adds an annotation here in which they sound like they know what they’re talking about
hippo, Apr 25 2019

       Where? When? I missed it.
Ian Tindale, Apr 25 2019

       Don't worry about it, [IT]; that was in another country: And besides, the wench is dead.
8th of 7, Apr 25 2019

       // I think the fundamental point here is that makeup artists are cheaper by the hour than digital effectors. //   

       I'm not sure. Have you seen that smartphone app (from Sephora, I think) that works like a mirror using your phone's front camera, but simulates makeup? It seemed to work really well the one brief time I got to try it. If that could be adapted to live TV (and I don't see why it would be difficult) then it would be pretty cheap per hour.
notexactly, Apr 26 2019

       notexactly exactly
theircompetitor, Apr 26 2019

       "Quick - for fucksake cut to a longshot - Terry's skintone has just rebooted!"
MaxwellBuchanan, Apr 26 2019

       //draw bunny ears//   

       I'm sure 20 years ago we had better ideas about how to improve politics.   

       No wait, didn't people creep up behind politicians and make 'bunny ears' with their fingers without CGI enhancement ?
bigsleep, Apr 27 2019

       All the old skills are dying out ...
8th of 7, Apr 27 2019

       //creep up behind politicians and make 'bunny ears//   

       A certain politician is well known for his fake hare.
AusCan531, Apr 27 2019

       I suppose politicians, being not actually actors or on-screen talent, could indeed be used as guinea- pigs for this sort of thing.
Ian Tindale, Apr 27 2019

       I thought the idea was to digitally subtract the makeup, but I guess the other way works too.
caspian, Apr 27 2019

       Well, that would let you see just how many of your planet's leaders are actually reptilians ...   

       (Hint: it's a lot more than you think).
8th of 7, Apr 27 2019

       //(Hint: it's a lot more than you think).//

LimpNotes, Apr 28 2019

       Too low by several orders of magnitude.   

       Think: sluggish, cold-blooded, thick scaly skin, tiny brains, vicious amoral predators.   

       That's every Democrat in elected office just to begin with ...
8th of 7, Apr 28 2019


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