Category Archives: Face paint

Avoiding Flashback

A while ago the UK press were having a field day over a photo of Angelina Jolie at The Normal Heart premier with a white substance on her face and neck.

This is the photo

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The press have been commenting about how her makeup artist should be sacked for not blending correctly and that Brad was mean for not telling her she had white powder on her face … neither of which are accurate.

The powder that was used is likely to be a HD (silica based) powder, these are amazing and flawless in natural light and with HD cameras but flash photography will cause a white appearance.

I’ve been caught out by this myself …

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Yep, I learnt the hard way about HD powders under flash photography!

To the naked eye, these powders create a flawless appearance. They are usually very finely milled and so are perfect for setting concealer in problematic areas. Just don’t use them if you’re going to be photographed with a flash!

Whilst HD (silica based) powders will cause this extreme white effect, it isn’t the only makeup that can problems under a flash. Foundations with high levels of SPF, zinc oxide, titanium dioxide or with ‘light reflecting’ qualities can also cause flashback, it won’t be as intense as the photos above but it will cause a bright appearance to your face in pictures.

Some excellent foundations which don’t cause flashback

Illamasqua Skin Base – Full Coverage
M.A.C Face and Body – Build-able coverage
Chanel Perfection Lumier – Full Coverage
Rimmel Lasting Finish 25hr – medium coverage

I hope you’ve found that helpful in assisting to avoid white face photo syndrome!

Alyssa xx

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Changing my face …

Training as a makeup artist was one of the best things I’ve ever done in my life. I loved college and reconnecting with my artistic nature took me to a really happy and positive place.

Face and body painting was my favourite part of my training and is probably the skill I use the most. Obviously my own face is the best canvas to use to practice on so I thought I’d do a little post to show you some of the designs I’ve done!

Here I made myself into the Cheshire Cat.

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I’ve also done some Medusa inspired looks

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Sometimes I like to be a lion …

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Or a snow Queen …

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How about half monster/half sugar skull?

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I think I’ve overloaded you enough with pictures of my face!

What’s your fave look?

Is there anything you’d like me to do?

Would you like a step by step tutorial of any looks?

Let me know!

Alyssa xx<

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