I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to interview Syfy’s newest star Dana Workman from the popular new paranormal reality series, “Haunted Highway” (Tuesdays 10/9c). The show follows Dana and Jack Osbourne as they do their own first-person investigations of the most frightening claims of paranormal activity along America’s remote back roads. Fueled by eyewitness interviews and evidence collected with state-of-the-art equipment, the team self-documents their harrowing face-to-face encounters with the paranormal. The six episode series, which just wrapped up it's first season, features examinations and investigations that will take the teams off the beaten path in Montana, South Dakota, Minnesota, Arkansas and Louisiana as they seek hellhounds, skin walkers, ghosts and other paranormal phenomena.
Dana Workman, an LA native, is a contradiction in high heels. She's been known to play ball with the boys by day, but come night, she's primped, glossed, and dressed to the nines for an evening with the girls. She's got the looks of a modern day vixen with the down to earth attitude of the girl next door. With a razor sharp wit, and sense of humor to boot, this has all proven a weapon for success for Dana.
“Haunted Highway” is of particular significance to Dana as it is a self-documented experience and she is no stranger behind the camera. An entertainer at heart, Dana has been covering events and conducting interviews across a wide variety of topics for several years doing triple duty - hosting, reporting and producing. Dana has guest starred on some of primetimes highest rated shows including guest star appearances on “8 Simple Rules,” and “Malcolm in the Middle.” She is recognizable all over the world from hosting FOX’s poker showdown “Poker2Nite” where she's traveled the globe covering stories in Macau, Dublin, London, Punta Cana, Vegas and San Francisco.
Are there any tips you've picked up from Make Up Artists you've worked with over the years that have really stuck with you?
It's more just which products work best with my skin, and curbing the way I put my makeup on (re different tips and tricks) The power of using fake lashes (I've found ones that just go right on the ends of your lid) They're super easy, and make such a difference when you're wanting that sultry look for a night out. Also, highlighter on your inner rim makes your eyes open and bright, and last but not least, I’ve learned to fill in my brows!
Are there any features or traits that made you self-conscious when you were younger that you now embrace?
By far, the accidental bowl cut I was given when getting a new "cute/short hair do". That was a definite low point and the peak of my "awkward phase". I’ve always been really tiny, tomboyish, and on the dorky side, but even with the bowl cut, I never really knew how to be anyone else but myself, so I kind of had to embrace those things-- I just didn’t know quite who I was yet obviously. Thankfully years later though, I've been able to turn all those quirks into an awesome career I love!
Do you, and have you always, had a special interest in beauty or is it just part of the joy (or possibly even pitfalls) of working in the television industry for you?
The complete opposite actually. It wasn’t until late high school that I started taking more of an interest in my appearance. And more recently in fashion- I was in charge of my own wardrobe for a show I did on Fox Sports a few years back, "Poker2Nite". One of my best friends, Trendee King (trendeeking.com), is an amazing makeup artist and helped me shop each week. her conclusion after week 2, was that I was a total fashion disaster. She took me under her wing and taught me the in's and out's of beauty, fashion, and makeup. I've come a long way!
What is your favourite product right now?
Stila Tinted Moisturizer for day, Benefit Primer, and Make Up For Ever HD liquid foundation.
Do you have a product that you have purchased again and again that you can't imagine being without?
Make Up For Ever HD liquid foundation.
What beauty tips do you swear by that you would like to share?
I hope you've found some of Dana's tips and insights helpful. I certainly agree that lashes can make an amazing difference to a look. If you haven't tried them yet I encourage you to do so! I only just tried them for the first time with this look. It is something I know I need to pull out of my arsenal for my next big night out. I think finding the right way to enhance our brows is paramount to anyone finding their best look as well. They truly frame the face and can change everything.
I really need to try the Make Up For Ever HD foundation again as well. I tried it once years ago and wasn't happy with it but I can't for the life of me remember why. I think with the new application techniques I've incorporated over the years it would be worth checking out again. Do you love it? Heck I'll try anything to look as gorgeous as Dana Workman!