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:
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.
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"I also don't want this to jeopardize a career I've worked so hard to build in this field," he said.
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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