Wednesday, November 16, 2011

BEAUTY TIP: What NOT to do with Your Make Up For Ever HD Powder!

Depending on how you use it, the Make Up For Ever HD Microfinish Powder can either be your friend or foe.  It came on the market in 2008 as an all-around, universal (almost miracle) powder.  You rub it onto your skin, and in a few short seconds you watch as the once white, opaque substance magically disappears into the area in which it was blended.  BUT, many unfortunate souls have come to realize that this same 'magical' white substance can come back to haunt you once the flash bulbs go off!  Yep, this is the same (purported) product to blame for some of the most embarrassing paparazzi photos caught on the likes of celebrities such as......

......Eva Longoria, Nicole Kidman, Ashley Judd, and Taraji P. Henson.  Can we avoid making the same mistake??...


A few weeks ago, just for the fun of it I used my Make Up For Ever HD Microfinish Powder to set under my eyes (you know, when you dab the powder on with a sponge then brush the excess off with your favorite soft-bristled brush)..... and everything seemed to be fine (as witnessed in the video below...which by the way has nothing to do with this topic, I just happened to be wearing this product in the video)....

But then.....

As soon as I started snapping photos (to be potentially used for my Look of the Day series), things went awry!  That pretty white substance quickly became that pesky white substance, as unflattering traces of the powder showed up in all my photos! .......


You saw for yourself that it looked totally fine in person and on video...but yet the photos said otherwise.  Could it be that the Make Up For Ever HD Microfinish Powder isn't meant for flash photography?  Well, not quite.....I've used it plenty of times on myself (exhibit A, exhibit B) AND on models for various photo shoots (example 1, example 2) and the results were great!

So Again, What's the Issue?

I think it has to do with the AMOUNT that you use and HOW IT'S APPLIED.  This is the first time that I concentrated the product in one area, as well as my first time applying with a sponge.  I normally apply a small amount with a fluffy powder brush to set the face-- without incident!   ( However, I must admit that a small percentage of the time that I use this product, I do see something a little off in a greyish cast...but only a very small percentage of the time!)


While I haven't figured out the Make Up For Ever HD Microfinish Powder  to an exact science, I do know that you should keep these things in mind:

1) It should never be used to set under the eyes in the manner in which I've done (i.e. NO SPONGE)! 

2) If you must use it, use with caution.....only apply a SMALL AMOUNT with a LARGE, FLUFFY powder brush (as opposed to a dense buffer brush, for eg.)

3) Try to use only as an ALL-OVER powder, rather than concentrate it in one area.  The key here is an all-over LIGHT DUSTING!

... And there you have it!  That's your beauty tip for the week!

How has your experience with the Make Up For Ever HD Powder been? Please Share below!



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  1. Good to know thanks for sharing :)

  2. Very good to know! I don't have this product (, but thanks for the tip :)

  3. I really liked your article, however I have a different take. Let me know what you think :)

  4. I have the same experience as you. I look totally normal from the mirror after applying the powder throughout my face with a sponge. It turns up giving me a shock when I look at my selfie with flash light. The powder is just "floating" all around my face. I stopped using that powder already.

  5. Love the tip to not pack it on. Hers where people get confused. A finishing powder and a setting powder are two totally different things. If you use it as a setting powder it will indeed cause problems. The finishing powder is only meant to provide an effect to the skin. In the case of MUFE HD it provides a blurring effect to the skin. It is not intended to make your makeup last. It should be used as the last step in your makeup routine AFTER you have set with a normal setting powder.



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