(Closed) PSA– will there be flash at your wedding? No SPF makeup!

posted 9 years ago in Beauty
Post # 17
53 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Hi ladies, i noticed Mrs. Rainbow said in the comments to her famous makeup post that titanium dioxide is only a concern with film photography . . . mineral makeup and talc are a concern with digital. 

Post # 18
2424 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

So I had my make-up trial recently, and asked my MUA about this since I am worried, and she said they have never had a problem before, and they work probably the most amount of weddings in my regions, and tailor make-up specifically for photography. She said I could wear moisturizer with SPF no problem.

I also asked my photographer about it, and he had never heard about it or noticed a problem. So I’m not sure what to make of it! I may just not worry about it and hope for the best!

Post # 19
54 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Titanium Dioxide will cause a white cast in the presence of flash photography. For sun protection, products containing SPF should be used at the skin care level.

Mineral powders (such as the MAC Mineralize Skinfinish) also contain Titanium Dioxide and will cause a white cast in the presence of flash photography.

You should consider using professional products that are specifically designed for use in photography/stage/film, such as: Graftobian, Cinema Secrets, Makeup Forever, Yaby, Face Atelier, etc, to have more insurance against those issues.

Post # 20
67 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Revlon Colorstay held up pretty well both in person and to the camera for me. The mineral makeup turned me into a ghost (I’m already pale) but also made me look OLD or a heroin addict. Yell

We’re outside for the ceremony but have a canopy, so I’m not worried about going sans SPF that day. The reception is indoors, so I will be concerned about flashes then.

Colorstay has 6 SPF in it, which is very small, so it doesn’t ghost to the flash. I tried another liquid foundation with a bit more SPF and definitely ghosted.

Post # 20
1 posts

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HueysLuda:  most people do not know about talc.  Applause to you!  Ar err you a MUA?

Post # 21
2522 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

I think people put too much attention on this.  Almost all foundations have some level of SPF in it- even ones that are commonly used for weddings such as MUF (all of their liquid foundations contain titanium dioxide).  I think it all depends on the levels of those ingredients.  

I spoke with my photographer about this and he said he has never had a problem with it.  I ended up wearing everyday minerals matte makeup.  I got my professional photos back and it looked absolutely beautiful in all lightings, and with or without flash.  It does contain titanium dioxide in it (so technically it is SPF) but not enough in it to actually write SPF on the label.  It doesn’t have half the ingredients that make bare minerals so bad for flash photography (and frankly bad for your skin).  Definitely a great option for those with sensitive skin or those with outdoor weddings in hot months and worry about liquid makeup melting off their skin.    

Really I think the best thing to do is to find a foundation that works for your skin and then try photographing it in all sorts of lights and seeing how it looks!

Post # 22
6107 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2013


mgbser:  I agree.

I’ve read from professional photographers that this used to be a problem before digital photography became so popular. Now it’s not a huge deal anymore. Also, you will typically always see a white cast when taking a picture with a camera phone or cheaper camera. No matter how much SPF is in the foundation. The flash is what causes the white cast with “cheaper” cameras. However, you do have to be careful with HD powders because those can reflect the light and cause your face to look white and powdery where it is applied. If using an HD powder, be sure to use a fan brush and a very small amount of product.

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