We’ve all been there, right? You’re scrolling through your Instagram feed the morning after a big night out and THERE. IT. IS.
Your face is looking like 50 shades of white and your body’s looking like you just came back from spending a week tanning in Bali.
You’ve now experienced the dreaded flashback.
You immediately text your friend who posted the photo and ask her to take it down to avoid any further embarrassment… but how can you avoid the situation all together next time? Here are 5 tips to help you achieve flawless photo-ready makeup for your next big night out.
Skin prep is EVERYTHING. The key to flawless makeup is a flawless base. To ensure you won’t become shiny throughout the night and your pores aren’t showing through, choose a primer that will really cater to your skin concern. I’d recommend Benefit’s POREfessional Pearl Primer. It will mattify your skin and smooth over any pores or fine lines, whilst also bringing a luminosity and a soft glow to your skin.
This tip is probably the most important tip EVER. Stay away from products that contain SPF. Foundations and concealers that contain SPF as one of it’s ingredients will cause a white flashback as SPF reflects light. My favourite foundations that have zero SPF in them are Too Faced’s Born This Way Foundation and NARS’s All Day Luminous Foundation. Both give a silky, full-coverage, long-wear finish that will stay flawless all night long — minus that ghost-like white cast. You’re not Caspar The Friendly Ghost, you’re *insert name here*, The Sexy Host, right?
Set yo’ face, girl! A great coloured powder and a setting spray means your base will be in- tact and budge-proof throughout the night.
Using a coloured powder suited to your skin tone instead of a translucent white-based powder will ensure that your foundation won’t lose it’s colour and undertone (whilst adding that little bit of extra coverage). Translucent powders often have talc as a main ingredient, which will also reflect light, causing any unwanted flashback.
However, applying too much powder will also increase the chances of looking cakey when photographed. To ensure that your makeup is flawless and photo-ready, using a setting spray is key. Not only will the setting spray increase the longevity of the makeup, it will also provide some hydration and allow the powders to melt into your skin. My favourites are the MAC Fix+ Spray and the Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray.
Down play the highlighter, but play up the bronzer. You don’t wan’t to be looking like a shiny disco ball when your friend’s post photos of your night out all over Instagram. It’s best to focus on bronzing and sculpting your face whilst keep the shimmery highlight at bay to define your look for photography. A matte bronzer with a subtle glow for your highlight is your best bet. Kat Von D’s Shade + Light Palette is your one stop shop for contouring, bronzing and highlighting.
Add colour! Incorporating a pop of colour into your makeup look will ensure you won’t look washed out in photos. Whether it’s a bold red lip like the Fenty Beauty Stunna Lip Paint, or a peachy blush such as the Too Faced Love Flush Blush in I Will Always Love You, any flush of colour will give your makeup any life or vibrancy that may be otherwise lost in flash photography.
So that’s it! The top 5 tips for achieving a flawless, photo-ready makeup look.
May you dance, laugh and flirt the night away — without having to worry about any potential flashback coming to haunt you when having your daily scroll through Instagram.
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All the best!