Imagine you’ve put on your best cosmetics for your first outing after the shot, and you’re eager to take pictures. But when you go back and see those pictures, you only see selfies that were taken in the past while wearing makeup. What led to this? How can you stop this from happening again? There are ways to prevent makeup flashback, which is one of the most frequent beauty issues, especially when using a new makeup item. We explain why it occurs and how to prevent makeup flashback below so you may keep your stylish makeup look and take as many flash shots as you like.


Specific SPF components like zinc oxide and titanium oxide, which can be found in your concealer or foundation, are usually to blame for makeup flashback (that white tint beneath your eyes). You are protected from sun damage by using these substances because they are utilized to reflect sunlight. They both deflect the camera’s flash in the same manner. The likelihood that someone’s concealer contains one of those components increases if you notice someone in images with strangely white undereyes.

SPF is unquestionably a skin care necessity for sun protection, but it can also reflect the camera flash due to the same characteristics that make sunscreen reflect UV rays. The major component of many facial powders, silica, can produce the same dreadful white glow.


1. Avoid using foundation with SPF

Particularly when using physical or mineral sunscreens that use titanium dioxide and zinc oxide as UV blockers, sunscreen has a tendency to give the face a white tint in photographs. To prevent flashback that will make you appear ghostly in photographs, avoid foundations with any type of SPF when you anticipate being photographed with flash.

Additionally, skin naturally seems shinier in flash photography, so it’s ideal to tone down the glow from your makeup. Aim for a natural, semi-matte finish or a matte finish for your base; avoid anything too dewy as you risk looking greasy and oily as the flash goes off.


2. Use a mattifying or blurring primer

Always prepare your skin before applying makeup because harsh lighting isn’t always the most attractive on the skin. The less greasy method is to apply a primer; choose one that will minimize large pores and other textural flaws. If you have oily skin, use a mattifying primer to combat shine on your T-zone.


3. Contour and highlight your face

Flash removes all dimensionality from your face, so you have to carefully enhance your features with makeup. This is made easier by contouring, which involves using a product that is a few shades darker than your skin tone in specific places. The cheekbones, temples, hairline, and jawline are the most crucial areas to contour. These areas can be contoured to reduce light reflection and give you a more chiseled appearance.

While highlighting draws attention away from specific parts of your face, contouring helps to recede them. The high features on your face, including as your cheekbones, nose bridge, and cupid’s bow, can be highlighted to reflect light and make your skin appear glowing and healthy.

4. Don’t forget to conceal

You still need to disguise any discolouration with makeup so that it doesn’t show up in your selfies, even though harsh light may wash you out. Your best bet for blemishes and dark circles is something with medium to full coverage so your skin will look more even. Concealer that matches your skin tone but has a faint peachy undertone will cover dark circles and color-correct any blue or purple undertones. If you want to draw attention to a certain area, you can also choose one that is a little lighter than your skin tone. Pick a color that properly matches your complexion for your blemish concealer. For a more seamless appearance, don’t forget to blend out all the sharp lines!


5. Choose a blush color that looks natural on your skin tone

When you get your picture shot, your blush essentially disappears, but it doesn’t mean you need to apply more makeup. The more closely it mimics your natural blush, the better, so focus more on the color you’ll apply on your cheeks. In this manner, you may gradually build the color and afterwards reapply without having to worry about looking clownish.


6. Fill in your brows completely

Sadly, a soft brow is not properly captured by flash photography. Particularly if you have sparse brows, it is more likely to completely wash them out. Don’t be scared to use a lot of product when filling in your brows. Choose a form, sketch out the outline, and then fill it with your desired product. Apply the most product on the tail, a little less on the middle, and the least at the front of the forehead to give it a light ombré. Brush some eyebrow gel through your hairs to create texture and set your makeup in place.