Just to tie up a few loose ends on this 'beauty series', there are a few more things that I feel help me look more polished on-air.... and other hacks that I know my coworkers find useful but I haven't quite figured out yet.
1. FAKE LASHES - I cannot for the life of me get myself to wear fake lashes everyday. They are wildly popular in the industry... and when I do have them on, I feel like a rock star. But I'm just not consistent enough with the glue & application to really get good enough to make them look normal on TV. (I have okay lash length naturally... so I don't hate not having to wear them. But sometimes I feel like I'm the only anchor that doesn't wear them which make my already-mediocre natural lashes look even more wimpy in comparison).
2. BLUSH - I naturally have a lot pink/red in my face... so the idea of blush just confuses me. (Why would I add more pink to my face when I literally wear foundation to hide the pink?) I understand the high cheekbone placement and all... but I just can't get myself to wear it.
3. BOTOX - to be honest, I'm probably not too far from this. I have a few pesky forehead wrinkles that bother me... and one big wrinkle in between my eyebrows. I haven't bit the bullet yet but have asked my dermatologist about price/procedure/etc. It's pretty common in the TV industry because, when being honest, we work in a visual medium & unfortunately, for some messed up reason, an aging woman doesn’t quite have the same “shelf life” as an aging man in TV. But the Botox shots are not something I do personally (yet).
4. FACIALS - many on-air anchors/reporters I know regularly schedule facials - some for skin health, others for preventative measures, some even just for relaxation. I've gotten one or two in my 'TV life' but only as a way to relieve stress. The constant 'full face of make-up' and ungodly hours definitely takes a toll... so I hope to, in the near future, start getting these set-up more frequently. But until then, I'm using the basic night cream and moisturizer to get by.
5. TEETH WHITENING - when I was in high school, I use to whiten my teeth everyday using Crest's white strips. I noticed a difference & they weren't *too expensive. But then I hit a point where my teeth were so sensitive, it wasn't worth it to me anymore. I've asked my dentist about getting trays... but haven't committed yet. (I drink A LOT of coffee & am definitely self-conscious of the stains.) Whitening trays are maybe a "later on down the road" idea, I guess. Until then - I'm happy with the Crest White toothpaste.
6. NAILS - this is a big one for me because I have horrendously ugly nails (self-inflicted... I'm a biter and will literally bring my fingernails to stubs on a high-stress day) & very 'fluffy' (thick) fingers. I also feel like because I do weather & point in front of a green screen, that people are constantly staring at my hands - which makes me even more self-conscious of my fingers. So I pay to get them done every couple of weeks. For years, I wore pink & white acrylics... they were the only thing that seemed to stop me from biting. But recently, I've switched to dip + tips and LOVE IT. They don't seem to be as bulky and quite honestly, last longer. (And I'm told by my much-trendier-sister that dip "is in".) So I'm on-board. I usually go for a neutral pink, beige or white. Anything too crazy, the boss gets cranky (leopard print or super long talons are a no-go).
That's A Wrap
Between hair, makeup, tanning, nails, etc., I tried to cover it all in these last few blogs... just word-vomiting everything that comes to mind regarding each topic. Like I mentioned in the first post, I don't claim to be a "beauty blogger" nor pretend to even know that what I'm doing is correct / works for everyone. I'm just sharing what I know works for me - hoping that it works for you. No freebies or sponsorships - just some recommendations based on personal experience.
Again, I'm an open book on this stuff. If you have questions, I'm going to be honest with you. Feel free to reach out - I'd love to help!