Name: HD Microfinish Powder
Brand: Make Up For Ever
Price: C$35 or C$18 (to go size)
Purchased from: Sephora
Having a shine-free face is one of my main concerns in daily life and also in cosplay. I hate looking oily (who doesn’t) and having shiny spots on your t-zone can ruin any good cosplay photo. The HD Microfinish Powder from Make Up For Ever has been keeping my skin matte since I started using it a few months ago and I love it. It makes my skin look like satin! I also always apply a generous amount of it on my face and neck when I cosplay. That’s why I was horrified when I came across pictures of celebrities with awful cases of makeup malfunction which were attributed to this product.
What I learned is that while this product looks beautiful in person, it shows up white when you’re photographed with a flash. Doing further research, I found that the powder won’t make you look like a ghost if you apply it sparingly with a fluffy brush. Since cosplayers are photographed by various people at conventions and we never know who will end up shining a flash in our face, I decided to test this theory and show you the results!
For my test, I used the same amount of powder that I wear daily. I applied it lightly with a fluffy powder brush (Sephora Collection Pro Natural Powder Brush #40, pictured above). The following photo was taken with flash less than 1 metre away from my face. The powder looks pretty good if I might say so myself!
I came to the conclusion that this powder is still fine to use for cosplay makeup and you should look good even if some random convention goers photograph you with a flash. Just don’t apply too much of the powder; it’s not like you need it anyway. I usually just pour some in the lid, swirl my brush in it, tap any excess off and dust it all over my face. However, if you’re going to have a photoshoot in low light conditions where a flash is going to be the main source of light I’d use a different powder just to be safe.