Avoiding Flashback!

Recently the UK press have been having a field day over a photo of Angelina Jolie at The Normal Heart premier with a white substance on her face and neck.

This is the photo

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The press have been commenting about how her makeup artist should be sacked for not blending correctly and that Brad was mean for not telling her she had white powder on her face … neither of which are accurate.

The powder that was used is likely to be a HD (silica based) powder, these are amazing and flawless in natural light and with HD cameras but flash photography will cause a white appearance.

I’ve been caught out by this myself …

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Yep, I learnt the hard way about HD powders under flash photography!

To the naked eye, these powders create a flawless appearance. They are usually very finely milled and so are perfect for setting concealer in problematic areas. Just don’t use them if you’re going to be photographed with a flash!

Whilst HD (silica based) powders will cause this extreme white effect, it isn’t the only makeup that can problems under a flash. Foundations with high levels of SPF, zinc oxide, titanium dioxide or with ‘light reflecting’ qualities can also cause flashback, it won’t be as intense as the photos above but it will cause a bright appearance to your face in pictures.

Some excellent foundations which don’t cause flashback

Illamasqua Skin Base – Full Coverage
M.A.C Face and Body – Build-able coverage
Chanel Perfection Lumier – Full Coverage
Rimmel Lasting Finish 25hr – medium coverage

I hope you’ve found that helpful in assisting to avoid white face photo syndrome!

Kisses
Alyssa xx

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For the love of Lipstick

For as long as I can remember I have taken the dark eyes & pale lips approach to my makeup. I love a heavy smokey eye, combined with fairly plain skin and just a slick of gloss. As you can see from the next couple of pictures, this has been my staple ‘go to’ look for quite some time ..

I have a few products that I use when I have nude lips. My favourite way of creating a very basic nude lip (Per the pics above) is to use MAC ‘What comes naturally’ lip pencil all over my lips and then just finish it off with a touch of either Carmex Cherry Lip balm or Cocoa Butter Vaseline, for a bit of moisture and a natural shine, you can buy these items at Boots.

If I want to have a glossier look then my favourite lip glosses are ‘Sexy Mother Pucker’ from Soap and Glory, MAC Lustreglass in ‘Luminary’ or the gorgeous ‘Marshmallow Elect’ Lancome Juicy Tube

If I am in a sparkly mood then I have an amazing glitter ‘top coat’ gloss from Christian Dior, it was released a few years ago as a limited edition at Christmas so cannot be brought now, Sorry! It looks so stunning on but the glitter chunks are large and it can be uncomfortable to wear after a while.

Me with a glossy nude lip …

Recently I have been being a bit more experimental with my makeup and have introduced some colour into my life! I have to say that I always thought that coloured lipsticks didn’t suit me as I don’t have the fullest of lips. However, I have experimented with some colours and I am pleased to say that I feel very differently now.

So, this first look (Below) was created using Estee Lauder Pure Colour Long-Lasting Lipstick in Black Wine. Now this was a limited edition colour that is sadly no longer available but I have found that MAC Dubonnet Lipstick is quite similar if you line and cover your lips with MAC Beet underneath to give it the darker/purple tone, this also helps to set your lipstick!

The Nail Varnish is OPI ‘The Thrill of Brazil’ which you can buy here

I have become a tad obsessed with Mad Men recently. The craze missed me when it was first came out but I am now at the end of the 2nd series and my girl crush on Christina Hendricks grows by the day! Inspired by the fabulous makeup in the show I tried to create a ‘Mad Men’ look for a recent night out, this obviously required a red lipstick. I used MAC Russian Red to create the look, which is a slightly more blueish red and is quite matte on the lips. I used Rimmel exaggerate lip liner in 024 Red Diva to line and provide the base to my colour to give an even more matte finish and a brighter red base. I really like the results – what do you think?

Having started being brave with Reds I decided that I wanted to extend my lip colour palette and try a more ‘out there’ colour. On a shopping trip to Bluewater I visited the MAC counter in House of Fraser and advised the assistant that I was looking for a bright pink. I had my friends daughter Lilia with me (she’s 4 and like most little girls LOVES makeup) and she picked the colour that she decided looked best of the two that the assistant tried on me, we settled on ‘Girl About Town’ lipstick and Magenta Lip Pencil.

I decided to premier my pink lipped look at my friend’s wedding on Saturday and as I was wearing a bright pink top, it seemed fitting to match my lips to my outfit. I hope that you love the look as much as I do!

This pic is me and my gorgeous friend Jenna!

My plan now is to try out some more exciting colours … maybe an orange or a coral next! I shall keep you posted!

What’s your favourite lip colour?

Love and Kisses

Lyss xx

Missy Lyssy Loo