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How to Flash-Proof Your Makeup to Achieve the Best Photos

How to Flash-Proof Your Makeup to Achieve the Best Photos
ILLUSTRATOR BACS ARCEBAL
Say goodbye to makeup flashback!

There’s no worse feeling than spending hours on your makeup just for it to look awful in photos cause of the white cast from the flash. We’ve been there and we know how embarrassing and frustrating it can be. Thankfully, we’ve learned our lesson and we’ve discovered a few tips and tricks on how to get rid of flashback. And because we don’t gatekeep, we’re here to share them with you! 

Here are five ways to flash-proof your makeup to get the best-looking photos. Keep scrolling! We even included a shopping list of our favorite flash-proof beauty products.

TRY: 5 Tips to Flash-Proof Your Makeup

1. Make sure your SPF does not leave a white cast against your skin

The titanium dioxide and zinc oxide commonly found in SPF products are the main culprits behind makeup flashback. Although they do a good job at protecting your skin from harsh UV rays, they create a white cast on your face that is only further amplified by the flash–and it’s not a cute look. Luckily, there are newer formulations of sunscreen that don't include reflective ingredients. Make it a habit to read the product's ingredient list!

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Unseen Sunscreen Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF40 50ml, P2300, SUPERGOOP!, Sephora

The Unseen Sunscreen is an invisible chemical sunscreen. Don't be worried about the word "chemical." This particular sunscreen is made of clean ingredients, meaning even if they are synthetic they don't cause irritations. Plus, unlike mineral sunscreens that sit on top of your face and create white casts, chemical sunscreens are absorbed into your skin, so no flashback. 

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2. Get the right shade match

    Another reason you may be looking paler than usual in your photos is that you’re using the wrong foundation or concealer shade. Some people like to use a lighter shade for their undereye area. One or two shades lighter is usually fine and can even give your undereyes a brighter, fresher appearance. But if your concealer shade is too many shades too light, under the flash it’ll look cakey and unnatural. 

    PHOTO BY ISSY & CO.
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     Active Concealer, P399, ISSY & CO., Lazada

    Issy & Co's Active Concealer comes in 24 different shades made to suit Filipino skin and it's very affordable, too!

    3. Blend your foundation down to your neck 

      Always blend your foundation down to your neck. This way you create a seamless look. Even if you are using the right shade and type of foundation, you still risk making your face and neck look like separate entities if you don't blend your foundation to your neck. Sometimes harsh lights and flashes can make the outline of your foundation visible if not blended properly.

      PHOTO BY BEAUTYBLENDER
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       Beauyblender Original, P1250, BEAUTYBLENDER, Sephora 

      4. Choose the right setting powder

        Flashback is mainly caused by light-reflecting ingredients that are found in your makeup products. Silica is one such ingredient, and it just happens to be in most setting powders. Translucent setting powders claim to be universal, but some can still leave a white cast on your face if it contains silica. Either choose a silica-free setting powder or find a colored setting powder that’s closer to your complexion.

        PHOTO BY LAURA MERCIER
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         Loose Setting Powder in Translucent, P1950, LAURA MERCIER, Rustans

        Laura Mercier's Loose Setting Powder in Translucent has become a staple in most makeup artists' bags for many reasons. Aside from it's long-lasting wear and soft-finish, it's also silica-free and a truly translucent powder fit for any skin tone. 

        5. Use a setting spray

          Makeup flashback can also be caused by an excess amount of product. Using a setting spray to seal in your makeup can help diffuse any excess product on your face. It’ll also help your makeup stay on for longer.

          PHOTO BY M.A.C. COSMETICS
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          Prep + Prime Fix+ Matte, P1400, M.A.C. COSMETICS, Rustans

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