There are so many makeup dos and don't out there that it could be hard to keep track of them all. But I will say, these two makeup mistakes below have the potential to ruin your wedding photos (or, for those not planning a wedding, your going-out/ event photos.)
If you wear foundation on a regular basis, SPF helps keep UV rays and free radicals away from your skin. (Which is a good thing!) However, on the day of your wedding or on a special night out it's something you should seriously avoid.
SPF in foundations (or lotions, but especially foundations), especially in larger quantities, typically cause this flashback effect when the camera's flash is used. What happens is, when the flash is used, light reflects off your face and gives a bright white effect.
Take me for example... It was the night of my rehearsal dinner. I did a bold red lip and minimal eyeshadow, which was opposite of what I was going to do the day of my wedding two days later. At home and in natural lighting my makeup looked great. I loved pairing the red lip with my white dress. Very classic looking. However, as people were taking pictures (with the flash) and showed me the pictures after, I noticed my face was soooo pale in the pictures! Like, Casper pale. I was wondering why, since my makeup didn't have SPF in it (or so I thought) and in natural light I didn't look pale at all. I was kind of bummed about it, since the rehearsal dinner was at night so the flash was mainly used in all pictures. But overall I was relieved to find out before the wedding since I planned on using the same foundation for my big day. When I went home later I checked the foundation. I knew the brand got a new "look" hence the new glass bottle instead of the plastic squeeze packaging I was used to. But apparently with the new look came a new formula, and the addition of SPF 25. Sneaky sneaky. Tisk tisk Rimmel, why would you do that to your friend Jenn?
Here are some pictures from my rehearsal dinner. I'm not sure which looks whiter, my face or my dress...
NO FLASH WITH THE FLASH
Like I said, if you're using SPF in your makeup during the day on a normal daily basis to work or wherever it's totally fine to wear SPF. It's even good since it protects your skin from the sun. But if you're going out somewhere special and plan to take pictures with the flash, or, more importantly if you're picking a foundation for your wedding day, make sure it doesn't have SPF.
2) Makeup Forever HD Powder
If you see your makeup artist about to use this powder on your face, RUN!!! This powder creates a similar effect to SPF, however, it shows exactly where the powder was placed. It contains 100% silica which is notorious for creating the flashback effect.
Some celebrity victims include our dear friends Eva, Nicole, and Miley:
Typically, after foundation or under-eye concealer is applied, makeup artists will use powder to create a more matte (less shiny) effect. It sets foundation and under-eye concealer. But you have to be careful which powder you use.
Shouldn't their fancy celebrity makeup artists know better?
If you see a bright white streak under your eyes in photos after an event where you got your makeup done, then it's very likely your makeup artist may accidentally be guilty of committing this crime.
A nice setting powder I like to use is Laura Mercier's translucent powder. It is very light on the skin, hydrating, and a little bit goes a long way. Most importantly, It doesn't create a flashback effect.
Remember, using SPF on a normal daily basis during the day (and when you're not using flash photography) can be great because it protects your skin from sun damage. But, at night or when you're in a situation where you're going to be taking pictures, you should avoid it at all costs. Avoiding these two makeup mistakes are pivotal for important pictures. When using the flash, whether it's on your phone or your fancy camera, stay away from both SPF and Makeup Forever HD Powder. Beware, or you'll be in for a scare... because you'll look like a ghost. I'm sure a cute ghost though... ;)