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Fri Sep 26, 2008 11:40 pm      Reply with quote
So I read over and over again that "Thou shalt not wear mineral foundations for pictures", because they supposedly make you look like a ghost, because of their reflective properties.

But how much truth is actually in this claim? I've been wearing MMU more or less exclusively for the past four years, and have never noticed that I look especially white in pictures.

Are there any brands that are better/worse than others in this respect?

The reason I'm asking is that we're soon to get married in the Caribbean, and the pictures will be taken outdoors. I've decided to do my own makeup, but don't know which fdt. to choose. I FEEL that Bare Minerals and GloMinerals both make me look flawless, but then, if they reflect light... Embarassed Question Do I really have to take the effort of finding a dedicated foundation for this purpose (or use one of the 6-7 conventional fdts I already own...), or can I simply use MMU?

I don't need heavy coverage, and have dryish skin.

Any experiences, other than hearsay?

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Sat Sep 27, 2008 6:09 am      Reply with quote
I have never heard that before. I use Lumiere and any photos I recall of myself that were taken outside, my skin did appear slightly lighter but it never occered to me that it was the MMU. I assumed it was the sun reflecting on my face. The main thing I noticed though is how flawless my skin looked and since I prefer a paler look I will continue to use MMU. Besides I find it is so much better for my skin.
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Sat Sep 27, 2008 6:43 am      Reply with quote
Nemi,

Congratulations with your upcoming wedding!

What about doing a few experiments?

Apply makeup close to the way you would for a wedding, and on a sunny day try to take pictures of yourself (or get a friend to do it) and see the results?

It is time consuming but will give you a definitive answer.

I, personally, like Glominerals a lot. Also, when I interviewed one of the makeup artists for my daughter's wedding among many brands that he used was mineral makeup as well ( I do not recall the name exactly, but something like Lady Bird), so it may be that not all mineral makeups are created equal. You can try to interview a few and ask them which brands they use.

Sorry for not being more helpful!

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Sat Sep 27, 2008 7:32 am      Reply with quote
I have never heard that about MMU and pictures, but it makes sense now. I remember looking back at pictures from a year ago, two years ago and I was wondering why I thought my skin looked pale/blotchy. I remember a couple pictures in particular and my skin was not horrible on this particular event, but when I look at the pictures I have my skin looks all blotchy. I was horrified thinking that maybe I applied my makeup bad that day and no one said anything. But now that you mention that you heard this about pictures and MMU, maybe that was my problem. But two thoughts to my long post here, one I stopped using MMU because although I hear it is suppose to be really good for your skin, I think no matter what brand I used my skin did not like it. It never stayed put, always making my skin more oily (again no matter what brand). The other thing, so people really love MMU, so if you are one of them, it works for you...that is wonderful, but keep in mind that you do not want to try a new makeup before your wedding day, your skin may not like it and you will have reactions, the second thing with MMU, when the oils in your skin mix with the makeup, it looks better. Apply hour, two hours before your wedding,and then if you need a dab to "touch up" right before the halter, you can do that. Blend Blend Blend.

Congrats to you! Very Happy

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Sat Sep 27, 2008 12:49 pm      Reply with quote
From experience, I can say that BE is to be avoided if taking pictures. I use Alima, and I never look shiny in pictures, although if it's very hot the t-zone will need some touch up translucent powder every few hours.

I'd say it also depends on the moisturizer you use underneath. Even oil-free ones (I'm thinking La Roche Posay) makes me look greasy.

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Sat Sep 27, 2008 4:43 pm      Reply with quote
I have heard this. I wonder if Mica is the issue. Maybe you could try a mica free MMU. I think there are a few but the only one I can think of right now is cory cosmetics.
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Sat Sep 27, 2008 4:55 pm      Reply with quote
I've heard that mica in foundation and eyeshadows look white too. I would do a dress rehearsal with photos to make sure your mkeup will be ok for your big day.
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Sat Sep 27, 2008 6:23 pm      Reply with quote
I think when they caution you against using "MMU" in photos, they're referring specifically to mica-heavy formulations like the traditional/original BE stuff that looks shimmery/glowy. There are lots of less shimmery shades of MMU now than there were a few years ago, ya know? So I'm guessing this tip is just kinda outdated. But I agree that doing experiments beforehand can't hurt -- you may notice other non-MMU things that you want to modify, too. Congrats and good luck!

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Sun Sep 28, 2008 11:52 pm      Reply with quote
I second Alima. Great coverage, natural looking (if the shade is right) and non-reflective.
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Mon Sep 29, 2008 9:48 pm      Reply with quote
The caution against using MMU in pictures generally refers to taking pictures using a flash. It took me ages to realize why my face always looked so white in pictures, but only those taken with a flash - the culprit? Sunscreen. I would use sunscreens with titanium dioxide, a common ingredient in most MMUs, as a base before my foundation (which as an MMU also has titanium dioxide). Titanium dioxide is very reflective, which is why it makes such a great sunscreen. But because it is so reflective, when a flash is used in pictures, the titanium dioxide will reflect that light off of your face into the camera, giving you that ghostly glow. I think the same thing applies to zinc oxide, which is also in most MMUs.

I agree with Sigma about doing experiments and practicing with your makeup and camera. I feel like since your pictures will be outside and without a flash, you should be fine. You should definitely include taking pictures of your practice makeup with a flash if you think a flash is going to be used - just so you can weigh your options more thoroughly. =)

Congrats on the wedding!! Cool
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