03/28/2008 02:45 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

HDTV Has Anchors Worrying About Their Close-Ups

Makeup artists at HD stations with big budgets use airbrushes to apply specially formulated cosmetics. Their makeup contains no silicon or mica because those substances make people look shiny and frosted under the brighter lights that HD requires. Also absent are kaolin clay and other materials that appear to cake in HD.

But even the best makeup can fail under digital scrutiny. During an appearance on "Late Night With Conan O'Brien" in October, CNN host Anderson Cooper said he contemplated plastic surgery after seeing himself in HD.

"You notice things about yourself that you've never noticed before," he told O'Brien. "I learned I have a little fatty deposit under my left eye."

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