Tuesday Tip: Never Use This Makeup Product When Getting Photographed

Tuesday Tip: Never Use This Makeup Product When Getting Photographed(Source: ThinkStock; Art by Tanya Leigh Washington)Surely by now you've seen photos of the preternaturally flawless Angelina Jolie's unfortunate makeup mishap last week, when she arrived at the premiere of The Normal Heart with her face, neck and shoulders covered in white powder. While many speculated that an overzealous application of HD powder could be to blame, we're here to warn you that the culprit could be much more pedestrian than the on-set staple.

Since your next few weekends are likely filled with graduations, weddings and other events where flash photography is practically guaranteed, we solicited the sage advice of Liz Fuller, the Massachusetts-based makeup artist behind Makeup Artistry, Inc., on how to avoid the dreaded ghost face in your own special-occasion snapshots.

Tuesday Tip: Never Use This Makeup Product When Getting Photographed(Source: Liz Fuller)
Something most women—especially brides—don't know is that they should never use a foundation that contains SPF if they are going to be photographed. Some ingredients in the SPF formulas can cause the face to look white in flash photography. I once had a mother-of-the-bride come to me to have her makeup done. She was so anxious about me doing her makeup because she had a terrible experience at her other daughter's wedding, where that makeup artist used foundation with SPF, and in every single photo of the mom, she had a white face...like a mime! You can use a moisturizer underneath your makeup with SPF because that sinks into the skin. But makeup with SPF sits on top of the skin where it's easily reflected."
I'm the former Deputy editor at StyleBistro, as well as a stationery buff, skincare enthusiast and dog lover. Follow me on Instagram and Twitter: @cvelocci Follow me: Google
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