How to look good on television

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You have the chance to be interviewed on national TV. Will you be ready? How should you prepare to make a great first impression?

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  • Joel Staley


    The general rule of don't wear anything that will distract from your message applies to both genders. You want to be remembered for your intelligent commentary, not a fashion faux pas. Here's few tips specific to women: avoid elaborate hairdos or dangling, clanking jewelry. No plunging necklines, form fitting clothing or colored/patterned panty hose. Apply your make-up slightly heavier than usual, especially cheek and lip coloring. Bring your own make up kit for touch-ups on set. Have your nails well manicured. Sit with tailbone to the back of the chair. Legs may be crossed at the knee or the ankle, but in either case they should be turned slightly away from the cameras. Choose an outfit that makes you feel confident, and when in doubt, don't wear it.

  • Adrian Dayton


    Thanks for your comment. I never thought about how citrus might effect the application of makeup. I'm going to circle back to Joel and see if he can provide some tips that are specifically helpful to women. I'm glad you pointed this out.


  • Pat Werschulz

    While there is some good advice, some of it is directed to the males that are either contrary for females. For example, eating citrus or an apple to get the "juices" going can ruin a woman's carefully applied lipstick. The advice on how to sit and not show white legs either doesn't apply when a woman is wearing a skirt or applies to a basically inappropriate way for a woman to sit in the first place. A followup article giving tips that include some women specific issues would be appreciate. Remember makeup before the camera may be a good idea for men - remember Nixon.

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