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A 4K Close-Up with Franck Rivaudon, Television Makeup Artist

We spoke to Franck Rivaudon, Head Makeup Artist at French network TF1, about what the advent of 4K technology means to the television and film industry, where he sees makeup application and formulation heading and what you can do to get ready for your own 4K close-up.

A 4K Close-Up with Franck Rivaudon, Television Makeup Artist

When we started working in 4K, we realized that we had to go heavier with the makeup than we were used to. We can see everything with HD and even more now with 4K.

A 4K Close-Up with Franck Rivaudon, Television Makeup Artist

We spoke to Franck Rivaudon, Head Makeup Artist at French network TF1, about what the advent of 4K technology means to the television and film industry, where he sees makeup application and formulation heading and what you can do to get ready for your own 4K close-up.

The era of 4K imaging is here. This state of the art technology, which uses four times as many pixels as high definition (HD) technology and produces colors four times more realistic and images four times sharper than anything seen before is already being used the in film, television and photography industries.

The makeup industry will have to meet new standards to cope with high-resolution facial images, and with 23 million next-generation smartphones set to be equipped with the technology by the end of 2015, everyday pictures and selfies with show more detail than ever before.


Make Up For Ever: Can you tell us a little about what you do at TF1?

Franck Rivaudon: I manage the whole department, in fact. We do the mid-day and nightly news, applying makeup to the anchors, the guests, we do the sports programs, the annex channels like Ushuaia, TF1’s travel channel — really everything produced at TF1’s studios.

Make Up For Ever: You’re very busy, then.

Franck Rivaudon: Very! Sometimes I only have four minutes to apply foundation, blush, mascara and a bit of gloss to a female guest. Often, we have to do makeup for up to fifteen individuals in an hour. It’s a real adrenaline rush, but I love the challenge!

Make Up for Ever: How has the industry changed with the evolution from Standard Definition (SD) to HD and now to ultra HD, or 4K, technology?

Franck Rivaudon: When we started working in 4K, we realized that we had to go heavier with the makeup than we were used to. We can see everything with HD and even more now with 4K. In SD, small flaws could still pass, but it’s not the case with the new technology.

Make Up For Ever: Does that mean it has changed the way you work?

Franck Rivaudon: In television, there has always been a team effort behind what the viewer sees. If we in makeup made a little mistake, for example, we could rely on our lighting technician colleagues or the technicians in the control room to correct it. Likewise, if the lighting was off, we in makeup could make adjustments to camouflage that. The new 4K technology means that teamwork is more important than ever. 4K requires brighter sets, so the makeup has to be warmer — we’re constantly adjusting together to get it just right.

Make Up for Ever: The textures and detail of HD technology already posed challenges for makeup artists. What new demands does 4K technology place on makeup?

Franck Rivaudon: What will be interesting will be to see the audience’s expectations change. Will they want to see people on TV as they are in real life, or will they want something airbrushed? Will we use airbrushing more and more, will we use it for all or part of the work, will we have the time, will it be worth the expense? It opens up all kinds of questions, but that’s what’s brilliant about this technology. If we stagnate, then we cease to evolve.

Make Up For Ever: Make Up for Ever was the first brand to create 4K compatible foundations designed for both the film industry and consumers. In your opinion, has the makeup industry been able to keep up with the advances of 4K technology?

Franck Rivaudon: I’m something of an alchemist when it comes to makeup. I mix products all the time and never use just one foundation, for example. When it comes down to it, I think technique is really what matters, but there are products that help with getting the technique right. 

Make Up For Ever: Where do you see makeup formulations going in the future?

Franck Rivaudon: The ideal would be an all-in-one formulation that would eliminate the need to mix a bunch of different products, but that mustn’t come at the expense of quality ingredients.

Make Up For Ever: 4K technology will be a feature of more than 20 million new-generation smartphones in 2015. What are your tips for the everyday woman who wants to look flawless in every circumstance, including when taking selfies in razor-sharp 4K?

Franck Rivaudon: 4K means an increased importance should be given to color, detail and contrast. Imperfections will stand out like never before with 4K, so you have to start with the best canvas possible. That means prepping your skin with a good primer and using a quality foundation that will give you the best base, and applying with precision tools and technique. But with 5K or even 7K technology just around the corner, who knows where we’ll go next!

 

 

 

 

 

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