Have you ever been out at night and taken pictures only to go through them the next day and see that you’re as white as a ghost. The reason?- Flashbacks.
The main causes of makeup flashbacks are products that contain an ingredient called silica. Silica is an ingredient that has a large surface area, and diffuses light. The benefits of using products that contain large amounts of silica are that the silica gives a blurred, often matte effect that makes you look flawless.
The down side to silica often reveals itself when it’s time to break the flash out during your photo session. Flash is rather unflattering at times anyway, and definitely picks up on, and brightens imperfections on your face without any added help from your makeup. Basically, with the addition of silica to flash it’s basically just one big recipe for a white out.
Other ingredients that can cause the same ghost like white spots in photos are often found in moisturizers and makeup products that contain SPF. Titanium dioxide, and zinc oxide can have the same affect as silica, but are a bit less extreme.
How to avoid flashbacks
1. Don’t use any foundation that contains SPF if you know you’re going to be photographed with a flash.
2. Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide are mainly responsible for foundation flashback – but only when they are the active ingredients (meaning in high concentration.)
4. If you’re using a SPF foundation then use a setting powder that has a color to it. (Like Make Up Forever Super Matte Loose – or any color powder.)
Some of the best translucent/setting powders that reduces the chance of a flashback include;
Laura Mercier Translucent Powder
Sacha Buttercup Loose or Compact Powder
YoungBlood Hi-Definition Hydrating Mineral Perfecting Powder
This video by Kaiser Coby also shows how to blend in makeup perfectly and avoid flashback using the right setting techniques.