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WHY IS IT EVERYTIME I HAVE A PHOTO TAKEN MY FACE LOOKS WHITE IN THE PHOTOGRAPH?



So here you are, all dressed up and looking fabulous. You spent hours doing your makeup and hair. You just really want your evening captured on film only to find that when you see the photographs you look like a spook. Yet, in the mirror at home your makeup looked perfect.

The answer lies in the ingredients of your foundation, concealers, tinted moisturisers and/or powder. Titanium dioxide is one of the culprits. Your SPF ingredient in your foundation could well be making you look like a ghost in flash photography. The higher the SPF and the amount of titanium dioxide, the more the likelihood of you looking white in the picture from flashback. Zinc oxide may also cause a problem with flashback as may formulas laced heavily with silica.

Titanium dioxide and zinc oxide are both white in colour.

The fact that these two ingredients create a protective barrier between your skin and the sun by deflecting the light, means they also deflect the flash light back at the camera causing a white cast to the skin.

Using a coloured (tinted) translucent powder may well counteract the effect. Not all powders are created equal. It is well worth experimenting at home with your camera flash before ruining a special night's memories.

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