So, This one is a bit weird - but here goes. One consistent critique I'm getting from my beta readers is that my female TV-journalist characters get their makeup on way too quickly. This makes sense given that I as a man do not have significant experience in this department. I was in theatre in high school, so in that sense I have had to apply makeup to myself in a clunky fashion, and I have actually been on TV news as a guest a few times and been through that makeup process...but it seems that they take significantly less time on guys. So, while I'm going to try to do some independent research on this, how much time does it actually take for a woman to get a full face of makeup on well? I can put on a full face of STAGE makeup reasonably quickly - but it will look like garbage close-up, so I assume it takes a good bit longer and more steps if you're putting on makeup that will actually look decent on the street. That, and all of my characters are broadcast journalism professionals, so I'm assuming that most of them probably have to wear full-face makeup on a daily basis and hence are very proficient at applying it. Also, would welcome thoughts on which specific pieces of that routine I cold actually use for descriptive purposes in terms of revealing character (trying to think of tics that might differentiate my tomboyish protag from her fashionista roommate - other than the fact that the fashionista has ten colors of eyeliner lined up on the counter. How do I differentiate that one of them is better at this than the other, even though they're both proficient?) That, and a secondary question would be whether anyone knows how TV makeup works for a female in studio guest. I know as a male in-studio guest you come in wearing zero makeup and they then apply foundation and whatever else is needed in very quick fashion. I'm no wondering whether a female in-studio guest is going to come in with her standard makeup already on, and then get a quick touchup (same as the men) - or whether there would need to be a stripping of what ever she's already wearing and then a stylist applies a whole new face of makeup?