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Make me look good on T.V.

One of the nicest, most unassuming people you could ever hope to meet, Franck Rivaudon, head makeup artist at the TF1 group of TV stations, clearly loves going to work every day.

Make me look good on T.V.

Our job is to be ultra-discreet. We hear nothing, see nothing, we just make people look good and then slip out of the room

Make me look good on T.V.

One of the nicest, most unassuming people you could ever hope to meet, Franck Rivaudon, head makeup artist at the TF1 group of TV stations, clearly loves going to work every day.

When Franck Rivaudon started out, he was young, inexperienced and very nearly missed his chance to work in T.V. After studying at the illustrious Ecole Chauveau in Paris, where one of his teachers was none other than future MAKE UP FOR EVER founder Dany Sanz, Franck sent applications all over before finally being asked to bring a model and audition as a junior makeup artist at a French TV station. Though they claimed a four-month hiring freeze, they were still seeing people.

Taking as his model a pretty friend who happened to be pregnant, Franck had no idea why the foundation he so deftly applied melted off her face. What he didn’t know then (that he definitely knows now) is that a pregnant woman’s skin PH levels are off the charts and change any makeup that comes in contact with it. He was convinced he’d blown his chance. Luckily, the head makeup artist was very gracious and let him do another test, this time doing makeup on someone much older. A good lesson to never assume you know the outcome of anything, Franck was hired and started the next day. Now Chef Maquilleur at Groupe TF1, he still enjoys every moment of what he does.

Why makeup? Stemming from a passion for special effects – as a child, he loved horror films - the only way to get work in special effects at the time was to leave France for the US, so he made a lateral move into makeup artistry. It turned out to be a smart one. He and his team at TF1 do the makeup for everyone from newscasters to guests, sports presenters to entertainers. Their days are ultra long – from 4 a.m. until 1 a.m., even longer during major elections and sports events - so they tag team a lot making sure no one carries it all.

Franck’s favorite part of the job? The people. After so many years, he admits to being a bit unconcerned about celebrity per se. “It is magical to meet such interesting people, but there are no stars. We are there to perform a service and we happen to do this for people who are well known,” Franck tells me. “Our job is to be ultra-discreet. We hear nothing, see nothing, we just make people look good and then slip out of the room,” he continues. “We might have diametrically opposing views but we provide the same service to all, whether it’s Bruce Willis, a charming, humble class act, or someone else who might have the same level of fame but perhaps not the same manners or upbringing.” When pressed for details, he shakes his head, choosing always to remain discreet and focused on the positive.  As he described Bruce Willis: a class act.

 

 

 

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