These Products Won't Give You Ghost Face
There are few beauty situations that are as difficult to navigate as special occasion makeup. And if the event involves flash photography, well, the stakes are even higher. While the pros might be used to dealing with these types of situations on the regular, most of us are rarely at events where we actually need to be "photo-ready."
The appearance of ghost face is what those in the biz like to refer to as "flashback". Technically, flashback is just the result of light bouncing back off the face, which happens when light-reflecting ingredients, such as titanium dioxide, zinc oxide and silica, mix with flash photography.
We recommend you proceed with caution when using any products featuring physical SPFs (such as titanium dioxide and zinc oxide), mineral powders (particularly translucent or white powders), and light-reflecting or blurring ingredients. Although sunscreen is something we rarely suggest you go without, when it comes to a situation like this, SPF is one of the biggest flashback culprits. However, if you are concerned about going SPF-free, a number of brands have recently released high-tech formulas that feature encapsulated SPF, promising no (or reduced) flashback, while still protecting your skin. For any special occasion we'd still suggest taking a few photos of your look pre-event, using flash, to ensure you're happy with how everything is showing up on camera.
Keep reading for our list of products that offer a solution to the flashback dilemma.