Mitt Romney's "Brownface" Mystery Solved: Bad MAC Foundation

Categories: Politicks
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Despite speculation that Mitt Romney got a bad spray tan or even purposely tried to make his skin darker during a recent Univision forum held at the University of Miami, the truth appears to be a bit less devious. According to ABC News/Univision, the makeup artist on hand that night just went a little too heavy on a darker shade of MAC foundation.

Someone wearing bad, heavy makeup in Miami? Sounds about right.

Because of studio lighting, just about everyone who appears on television is caked in a greasy layer of makeup before they go on air.

Makeup artist Lazz Rodriguez, a 25-year veteran, was on hand that night and says he wasn't quite prepared for Romney's natural tan.

"When he walked in, I remember thinking, Wow, this is tanner than I thought he was, but I think he's just been outside a lot lately for his campaign," Rodriguez told ABC. "It was definitely a real tan."

Rodriguez says he used concealer and MAC NW30, a powder foundation. This photo from a makeup blog compares the color to other MAC shades:

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But Rodriguez told ABC News that "even when we caked the stuff on, NW30 wasn't notably dark on a range of skin tones under harsh lights."

The makeup artist, however, has been pretty disheartened by the whole thing.

"I also don't want this to jeopardize a career I've worked so hard to build in this field," he said.
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You'd kind of figure that presidential campaigns by now would have regular makeup artists on staff by now to avoid these kind of gaffes. Candidates appear on television all the time, and they're almost always wearing makeup. This isn't even the most famous makeup related gaffe in presidential history. Richard Nixon refused to wear makeup in his television debate against John F. Kennedy which resulted in him looking less than pristine next to a youthful JFK. The incident was famously spoofed on an Esquire cover during his next election bid. 

Can we just move on from this whole thing? A candidate should be judged by the content of his character, not by the color of his MAC makeup.

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7 comments
ClamMedia
ClamMedia

Mitt was probably on some Ibiza vacation by the Ocean right before that event and his staff is trying to pin it on the make up artist.

floggingfernie
floggingfernie

dont buy it...25 year veteran making such a mistake?

Mario Francisco Garcia
Mario Francisco Garcia

Translation: He already came into the studio with some bad spray tan on, we just tried to even it out as best we could.

GoodGirlRoxy
GoodGirlRoxy

@Mlle_D Yep. The fact that him doing it deliberately was plausible remains an issue. @ReignOfApril @Only4RM

Carlos Burgoin Paz
Carlos Burgoin Paz

This is coming from a 25-year veteran makeup artist? Coincident, that a spray happens to be darker when talking to a Latino community??

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