I'm partial to the "young and cute" look on girls.
Not really sure why, but I've always liked "adorable" over "hot." Don't know what I mean? Hmm... let me use a comparison for you visual peoples out there. I like Miranda more than I like Megan because:
And, honestly, much of the difference is in the way the girl carries herself and does her hair and makeup. I mean, if you're over the age of 18, you know a jr. high or high school girl when you see one: Tons of makeup and a certain hair style that just screams, "I'm mature! I am!" I find it amusing.
As filmmakers, we must pay special attention to keep our eyes open when we encounter these kinds of things. You never know when you'll need to take your actress back to her high school days, or bring a girl up a few years. Knowing the differences between how a high schooler, a college girl, and a mom do their hair and makeup could help you take a girl in between these ages and move her up and down in years within a few hours.
I saw a prime example of this in an episode of Lost tonight:
High School Claire
Young Mommy Claire
There is much to learn from the masters. Just another reminder to keep your brain engaged while you watch.
Your Media Production Mentor