Some men tend to show a 5 o’clock shadow well before 5pm. Others, particularly of a certain age, may have rogue eyebrows and nose hairs. In real life you may not pay much attention to these grooming details but on camera, especially in close up, they become more obvious and can be distracting to viewers.
Here’s the facial hair checklist for men:
- When it comes to nose hairs use scissors or trimmers. Scissors with a slight curve are probably the best choice and can be picked up inexpensively at the drug store.
- For bushy, long or sticking out eyebrows, scissors and a mustache comb can work. Comb them up and see which hairs are really long and just trim the long ones. The eyes are one of your most powerful communication tools so keep them clear.
- Unless you’re going for the 5 o’clock shadow look, you’ll appear more polished by shaving close to shoot time. This might mean remembering to take a shaving kit into the office with you and finding a quiet bathroom.
If you prefer not to deal with extraneous facial hair, have your hair stylist or barber tend to mustache, eyebrows, nose and ears.
For character actors Einstein brows might be a signature look, and scientists will be welcomed into the TV studio with a grizzly beard, but for the everyday executive, business owner or entrepreneur a neatly trimmed look is the way to go for your next on-camera performance.
Screen Presence hair and makeup stylist Sarah Hyde provided the content for this post