Ever done your makeup and take some selfies because you KNOW you look amazing…
…only to find that your face has glaring white patches on it in the photos you’ve taken? This is known as flashback, and it is annoying AF, especially after meticulously applying your cosmetics.
This is caused by camera flashes picking up on the powder residue left on the face. Foundations and creams that contain SPF can also cause your face to look flat and spooky in photographs. This has to do with the ingredients, such as silica powder and zinc oxide, reflecting the light, which is why you don’t always see it in the mirror, but it can be picked up in photographs. Ugh, ANOTHER makeup issue to worry about? Don’t worry – many celebs have had to deal with this makeup mishap, including the likes of Miley Cyrus, Angeline Jolie, Drew Barrymore, and many more. Don’t be like them – here are some tips to help you avoid it. Only perfect pictures from here on out, fam!
1 Stash Your Flash
The most obvious way to avoid flashback is to turn the flash of your camera off. Let’s be honest, a harsh flash isn’t that flattering anyway, so try and opt for good lighting instead.
2 Find Your Finish
If you are applying powder over your makeup, to set it and reduce shine, it might be time for a change. Look for foundations and concealers that have a mattifying effect to prevent you having to use powder afterwards. Try The Body Shop Matte Clay Skin Clarifying Foundation or Maybelline Fit Me Poreless & Matte Foundation for a matte look.
3 Skip After-hours SPF
Sunscreen is something that we should be wearing EVERYDAY. The only exception to this is when you are venturing out after dark. Going for a night on the town? Use a foundation that doesn’t contain SPF.
4 Be Concealer Smart
When shopping for concealer, pick a shade that matches your skin tone and not one that is too thick or too light. This will give a cakey finish which, in turn, can make you look powdery.
5 Glowy, Not Ghostly
There are loads of fun highlighter shades available on the market and, while it’s tempting to try them all (holographic highlighter is amazing, we know), to avoid flashback you should opt for ones that are close to the makeup shades you are using, as well as your natural skin tone. Save the fancy colours for daytime vibes.