"The Talk" hosts Sara Gilbert, Sharon Osbourne, Sheryl Underwood, Aisha Tyler and Julie Chen wear New Orlean Saints jerseys while filming their talk show outside the Superdome on February 1, 2013 in New Orleans

“The Talk” hosts Sara Gilbert, Sharon Osbourne, Sheryl Underwood, Aisha Tyler and Julie Chen wear New Orlean Saints jerseys while filming their talk show outside the Superdome on February 1, 2013 in New Orleans

*Sheryl Underwood, about to mark her second anniversary on CBS’ daytime show “The Talk,” continues to celebrate the diversity of the ladies around the table – a mix of white, Asian and African American – as well as the folks behind the scene that render them camera ready each afternoon.

“Our lighting guy is lighting every race of people on our show, and lighting it well,” said Underwood, 49. “I don’t know if he used to work for Oprah or what, but he took 25 years off of me.”

Additionally, Sheryl’s Twitter followers know that the comedian has been told on occasion that her makeup on the show “is poppin’.”

Sheryl Underwood with and without makeup

Sheryl Underwood with and without makeup and wig

“My makeup guy Dell McDonald, been with me for years,” she said, adding that his talent, plus the lighting guy’s expertise, has opened up certain wardrobe and wig opportunities that she previously thought were no-no’s to sisters with her complexion.

“You ever watch the show – and I’m darker-skinned but I got on yellow? You know we don’t wear yellow this dark…or orange,” she laughed. “Or they’ll let me wear a curly wig, when curly wigs are supposed to be kind of a hostile look for our people. Or they’ll let me wear strawberry blonde, or something with highlights.”

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Sheryl Underwood – in orange and with highlights – on “The Talk”

Below, Underwood tells us what she loves about the show even more than her lighting and makeup.