Powder Face – When makeup goes wrong

Screen Shot 2014-07-24 at 04.19.14A little while ago, pictures were published of Angelina Jolie sporting some very funky looking makeup. While Angelina still looked stunning, it was very hard to look past the powder around her eyes, forehead, cheeks and chest.Angelina is the closest thing to perfect any human being can come, so to see her fall victim to this powder misshape, made her a little bit more normal in my eyes. Ange had fallen foul to the dreaded ‘ Powder Face’.

Screen Shot 2014-07-24 at 04.19.40This isn’t the first time “powder face” has made an appearance. Many celebrities, including, Miley Cyrus, Eva Longoria, Nicole Kidman and even the gorgeous Jon Hamm have found themselves splashed across newspapers and magazines, with a flour like substance on their faces. It literally looks like they have dipped their faces in the biggest pile of drugs. How in god’s name do these people not see they have a serious makeup problem when they look in the mirror? How have their makeup artists let this happen?

Screen Shot 2014-07-24 at 04.19.56The main culprits in this crime against makeup are , HD powders and a bright camera flash. HD powders  are made for filming on HD cameras, not for photography. Due to the high silica base, these powders, when combined with a flash, cause the flash to bounce back and make it look like you dipped your face in a bowl of flour before you left the house. So why do people keep using HD powders if they cause flash back? Well HD powders such as the Make Up For Ever HD powder , can be gorgeous when used in the correct way and are amazing when combined with a HD camera for filming.

Screen Shot 2014-07-24 at 04.25.23HD powders are amazing for giving a smoother appearance to the skin. It can help to hide visible pores and give you an airbrush finish and the fact that it is translucent means there isn’t extra colour added to your makeup. Even though it does all of these amazing things, application is the most important thing about this powder. This is not like normal setting powders, where you get a big fluffy brush and run it over your face. Instead HD powders are designed to be used sparingly and they need to be buffed into the skin. These are not suppose to sit on the skin, but instead worked into the skin.

Screen Shot 2014-07-24 at 04.49.50HD powders can be a wonder product, but I often question, do us mere mortals, that don’t face the scrutiny and bright lights and camera that celebrities do , need such a hard working powder? If used properly then yes, this is for us, but if you are going to be photographed , avoid using this like the plague. There is just far too much that can go wrong. Unfortunately,  I found out the hard way last Christmas. I applied some of the Make Up Forever HD powder to set my concealer, didn’t buff if in properly, and as you can see from the picture above, I suffered from “Powder face”. I was mortified, but it did give my friends a great laugh and the lads kept checking the picture in disbelieve. The things we do to look well!!

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  • Reply
    July 24, 2014 at 11:40 pm

    Great post! You’d wonder how it happens celebrities so much when they have makeup artists!

    • Sinead K
      Sinead K
      July 25, 2014 at 4:22 am

      the money they must pay and they make those mistakes

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    Hannah (@llandmakeup)
    July 27, 2014 at 12:54 pm

    Great Post! HD powders are such a love hate thing they are great but you never know when your friends might take a photograph and then this is the outcome, I tend to stay clear now! 🙂 x

    • Sinead K
      Sinead K
      July 27, 2014 at 8:57 pm

      thanks Hannah. I use it but only when I know there is no camera

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    Claire K
    September 15, 2015 at 10:57 pm

    You’re so wise! I would have thought they just packed on the powder in the limo ?

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    Emma buttimer
    November 7, 2015 at 12:41 am

    In these times now you almost can’t say “Ah I’ll be grand,it’s not a major night out,there won’t be any cameras”.Every one has their phone and people are constantly snapping pics!

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