The high definition medium of stills or cinema-photography has an annoying knack of revealing every speckle and spot on the purest of complexions, it’s magnification seems 10 fold. Shimmers turn into hot spots, pores appear clogged and large. Is there a way out of this digital nightmare?
You know I come from the land of the fairies or faeries if you speak gaelic, but does that warrant me to carry magical fairy dust around in my makeup kit?; well maybe it does!!
Throughout my career I have always been loyal to my favorite products and brands but still watching out for the new the improved and the profound… One such product and a favorite for many years is the loose powder by the French brand T.LecCerc. Is this the magical fairy dust to minimize pores? I hear you ask, sadly no, it can in fact do the opposite, the mica or powder particles are not fine enough for my standards, so this cute silver tin tub with its parisian inbosed type, housing the powder, sits nostalgically prettily in my makeup kit occasionally picked up by a curious model who then coos and ahhs ~ so tres chic ~
Anyway back to MY magical fairy dust, it comes in the form of hydrated silica, the main ingredient in my now new favorite loose powder by Laura Mercier, it is one of a few new breeds of products calling themselves HD Powders. The silica particles are practically invisible to the naked eye and macro lens. Mimicking a translucent veil, it coats your complexion with an invisible super soft light diffusing powder; setting your makeup flawlessly. It is a dream when shooting in continuous lighting or day light, but a word of caution when shooting with powerful strobes and speed lights, especially at night. ~ coming soon a post on how to apply this light defusing gem!!
Not naming names but I wasn’t guilty of these faux pas caught on camera with flash.