Flashback is by far the worst surprise anyone can get when looking back at any pictures. If you’re not sure what I’m talking about, it’s when you look at a picture and all you see is the blotchy white cast; usually under your eyes, where your highlighter is, around your mouth or …just all over.
I’ve had issues with the same whether I’ve done my make up or a makeup artist has done it for me. For all of us to avoid this awkward situation, I’ll try and break it down for you, to avoid certain ingredients or products when you know you're going to be taking pictures and that there will be ‘direct flash’ at your event.
You also need to know that if you’re taking outdoor pictures or using day light and no direct flash you can use any makeup or skin care product you love. Which also means, products that work for day time photography may not work for night/flash photography.
- SPF could have an impact but not necessarily. So don’t use it to rule out products.
- Products that contain Zinc Oxide and Titanium dioxide need to be avoided. These ingredients are used in SPF and other products to reflect light; whether to create a glowy/brightening effect or to protect the skin from UV rays.
- Common products that can create flashback are: Face creams, foundation, concealer, powder, highlighter (frosted or with reflective properties) and setting spray.
- Many setting powders contain 100% silica and this will definitely give you flashback
- Mineral foundations and many BB creams usually create flashback
Products that work well with direct flash
- Ultra HD Foundation, Make Up forever
- Kryolan products
- Translucent Loose Setting Powder - Laura Mercier
- Use golden highlighters instead of frosty, reflective white highlighters
And products that don’t
- Ultra HD Microfinishing Loose Powder, Make Up forever
- Hyaluronic Hydra-Powder, By Terry
- Double Wear Foundation, Estee Lauder
These are products that I have personally used, let me know in the comments section if we should be avoiding any products that can create 'flashback'.