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16 hours ago
I need your help. I have my senior pictures in two weeks and need foundation advice. I currently use Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra and was wondering if I should stay away from it because of the spf. What foundation would you recommend? I need full coverage because of my rosacea. My skin is combo :)
14 hours ago
Hi Michelle; I'm assuming you are asking about avoiding SPF for flash photography because of the ghostly hue you sometimes see. There are lots of contributing factors when it comes to flashback, and the SPF has little to nothing to do with it. As a general rule of thumb, if the camera is simply too close to the subject, it won't matter how media appropriate the application is because the flash will blow any face out.
Front mounted flash photography dilutes color and you need to overcompensate for it. Choose a foundation that is a shade or so darker than the natural hue of your skin. I strongly suggest staying away from Mineral Foundation as well, It'll make you look clammy and sickly due to the highly reflective properties of this product. If your senior portraits are being professionally taken, I wouldn't worry too much about going deeper depth wise. In portrait photography, most of them tend to go for the Butterfly set up which consists of a Key, a Fill, a Hair and a Background light, or a Rembrandt set up with a kicker so you shouldn't have a problem at all.
Be very careful with luminescent products. I do not recommend using this type of reflective powder unless you are in a controlled environment with proper lighting. If you apply to much, the flash will pick up the pigment and you'll get the white cast.
Powder: Translucent powder reflects more light than a colored powder does. Choose a shade that visually resembles your foundation color. It's also important to apply the same face powder on your neck/ chest ears etc. Anything that the flash is going to hit needs to be covered with your foundation and the corresponding powder. If you don't, certain portions of your face can and/or body will look dramatically different.
Do you have to use a skin colored powder? It's debatable...I use a no color powder (RCMA) that photographs beautifully. You can use an HD Silica powder; however, in order for it not to strobe white, it has to be applied minimally and I do not suggest placing an HD powder on individual with dry skin for photographic purposes. For an HD powder to be truly invisible, it has to be activated by oil or moisture or it will strobe white.
Concealer: When dealing with flash photography, do not use a concealer that is a shade lighter than yur actual skin tone. In this instance, use a concealer that closely matches the foundation, because if you don't you'll get what I like to call the 'reverse Raccoon Effect." If you don't have a darker concealer, use a lighter one but just make sure to blend it with the actual foundation.
If you keep these things in mind, you should be just fine.
6 hours ago
Thank you so much for your help! I never thought of using a darker foundation. I'll definitely pick up a sample this weekend. No sense in buying a new foundation for just one day. I already own the RCMA powder and love it. I'll keep the concealer tip in mind. The one I use isn't ridiculously light (aka Jaclyn Hill style), but I will blend that sucker out :)
2 days ago
Hi Jacqueline! Thanks for the tip about Laura Geller Spackle. As there are several - tinted, untinted, Supercharged, mattifying, etc. - is there one in particular you recommend? Thanks again!
It's the Under Makeup Primer. :)
Perfect! Thanks! 😘
5 days ago
Thanks for the follow! :)
Ohh yahhh that stuff from lush is gold I have the mint julep one... Thanks for your thoughts you know I'm all about the lips😆😛
You're Welcome, I know you are all about the lips ;)
6 days ago
By the way what do you think of the too faced lip primer?? I have that one and the one by Bite. Both in my opinion are just ok. The too faced one I'm not actually sure wether it does anything at all. I just put it in automatically now. I wear high end brands so I'm not sure if it's the primer or the lipstick it self that I can thank for longevity.
Well, I'll be honest with you... Unless it's an exfoliating lip primer like Kevyn Aucoin's lip primer, I think most lip primers are a complete waste of money. What you really want to spend your money on is a good lip balm like La Mer's.
If lips are dry no lip primer will really help. Lips need to be exfoliated and moisturized for product to lay right, and for the formula to be able to perform as intended. I use Lush Bubble Gum lip scrub to exfoliate lips and then I'll apply a good lip balm and let it absorb into the skin. On exfoliated moisturized lips you'll be surprised how much more wear you'll get.
When it comes to longevity, you'll get the longest wear with a lip stain followed by a matte finish with the least amount of longevity going to satin and gloss finishes. If you want to save yourself a whole lot of time, I highly suggest buying a lip sealant. I use Mehron's Lipstick Fix. Here's a link to it.
For $6.00 you can turn most every lipstick finish into a very very long wearing one. All you do is apply a very thin layer of it, let it set for 30 seconds or so and then you will be good to go. :)