By now, most of us have seen Nicole Kidman's makeup malfunction, and we've wondered why her makeup artist isn't looking for a new job.
It turns out the culprit is the type of powder used—Make Up For Ever HD Powder—where a lighter hand and thorough blending might have prevented her from looking like she plunged headfirst into the flour bin or a big pile of cocaine.
To see when and how this powder fails, see Wayne Goss's video below. Wayne demonstrates Make Up For Ever HD powder on one side of his face (around his right eye) compared to MUFE Super Matte Loose Powder on the other side. He finishes his video demonstration with a still photo that he takes with flash:
Even though the Make Up For Ever people designed the powder for high-definition video, it's the still photography that can make a mess of things if you don't apply lightly and blend extremely well. I'm sure Photoshop can still clean things up for print, but it's unlikely the press will go to that trouble—since it seems ever obvious they prefer to catch celebrities at their worst.
Here's a screen shot I captured of Wayne's finished result. Scary.
Bottom line: Since I am not stalked by the paparazzi, I don't feel a need to retire my silica powder, which I actually like, nay love. But I will certainly be more cognizant of how I slap it on.
PHOTO: Nicole from hollywooddame.com. Wayne Goss captured by me directly from his video.