The best way to find out how your makeup will behave under flash is to test-photograph it. You can apply different makeup products on your arm at the mall and then photograph it in the dark with flash when you get home. If the product looks white it causes flashback, simple as that. If your not sure about the make up your using apply the makeup and take a few photos with the flash — chances are, you’ll be surprised how different everything looks.
Just because a product has “HD” or “studio” written on it, it doesn’t mean it won’t cause flashback (as Wayne Goss demonstrates in his video). Mineral foundation usually causes flashback, however pure silk powders / bamboo powders which are free from titanium oxide or zinc oxide are safe to use. BB creams contain SPF and often cause flashback.
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Ingredients that cause flashback:
* Titanium Dioxide (CI77891) and Zinc Oxide (77947)
Makeup that has SPF usually has a lot of titanium or zinc oxide, and will cause flashback. You also need to avoid cream or moisturiser with SPF.
Silica can look awesome in photos is really finely ground and used sparingly, it gives a tiny amount of flashback that makes you look glow-y. A good products is the Makeup For Ever HD Setting Powder which looks amazing in photos in tiny doses. The cheaper ELF product is ground much more coarsely, and is easy to overdo.
* Silver Mica
Usually causes a lot of flashback, so it’s best to avoid
* Glitter and shimmer
Glitter and sparkle can look very different under strong light. I’d suggest limiting it to the cheeks and eyes. Products with multicolour glitter particles usually photograph better than when the particles have only one colour.
Make Up For Ever HD Foundations
MAC studio foundations
Duo Mat Powder Foundation,
Revlon Colorstay Whipped Creme Makeup, and Revlon HD
Photoready, MAC Full Coverage Foundation,
Studio Fix Fluid and Face n Body,
Maybelline Dream Liquid Airbrush Finish and Dream Smooth Mousse Foundation,
Rimmel Lasting Finish 25 Hour Foundation
Rimmel Stay Matte powder in transluscent
and Estee Lauder Invisible Fluid Makeup.
Any foundation by a theatrical brand: Kryolan, Graftobian, Ben Nye, Cinema Secrets
Beni Durrer (store in Berlin)
A couple of flashback-safe products:If you are doing an indoor photo shoot, I recommend asking what kind of lighting the photographer will be using. The diffused light from many lamps doesn’t cause flashback, but if the photographer plans to rely heavily on flash than you might want to be careful with your choice of makeup.