Foundation Looks Too Light in Pics?

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How do I get around this? Today I used a foundation on a lady and it look GREAT IRL, almost like she was wearing nothing. Then I took a pic...And her face looked too light. I could go a shade darker, but then her makeup would be too dark IRL. How else can I get around foundation looking too white in pics?

Jan 27, 2012

Shelly T.

One abbreviation: SPF
Two words: Titanium dioxide
Two more words: Silica powder (e.g., MUFE HD powder, or e.l.f.'s HD powder)

Chances are, you used a foundation with SPF (wherein the active ingredient is titanium dioxide), and when you took the photo (I'm guessing you used a flash), it left a white cast on her skin. It will also leave a white cast if you set the foundation with silica powder, like the two I mentioned.

If you're doing someone's makeup, and you know you're going to photograph them afterwards, or you know they're going to be photographed afterwards, use a foundation with little to no SPF, and do not set it with a silica powder.

Jan 28, 2012

Christine D.

Use foundations with SPF/ titanium dioxide, some great foundations for camera shoots and on screen work are makeup forever hd foundation and revlons photo ready foundation.

Jan 28, 2012

Shelly T.

You mean *without*, of course. ;)

Thanks, ladies!!

Apr 15, 2012

Britney D.

Many people prefer it that way. No such thing as "too" anything, a client will tell you she likes it or no.

Apr 21, 2012

Stacy N.

Yep, it is the SPF. Anytime I take pictures, I have to be very careful of the SPF level in anything I use. Anything higher than SPF 30 will cause that. So I just use SPF 15 and you can barely notice it. :)

Apr 21, 2012

Gennett M.

Usually if I know I am going to do my makeup I will wait a while before I take pictures in order to allow the products to settle into my skin and If I don't wait I will take the flash off before I take the picture. I like to use Mac translucent powder instead of using the makeup forever powder because on me it does not leave that white powder look in my pictures where I applied the powder.

Apr 24, 2012

Britney D.

@Gennet, you will look n ashy tone though, not "wite/light". I have taken photos of people of a darker skintone and they never had a white appearance to them, unless youre originally pale or light in skintone!n o powder will magically make you light in anything.I have a background in photography.White or Light skin shows out better in front of the camera then dark skin. It has to do with reflection of light. White or light skin reflect light 100 fold better then dark skin (which absorbs it). And if you know anything about cameras u know the object that is being captured by the camera has to reflect the light projected unto it in order to be caught by the camera lens.

Apr 24, 2012

Danielle C.

when using a setting powder (ELF hd powder) how do you tone down the white casting? could you use a setting spray over it?

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