How to Avoid Taylor Swift's Makeup Malfunction

When Taylor Swift stepped out with a powdered face gone wrong last night, she actually joined a sisterhood of gorgeous A-listers who have fallen victim to the same mistake: Angelina Jolie, Miley Cyrus, Nicole Kidman, and plenty more have accidentally overdone it on translucent powder, resulting in a white, cakey look when caught by camera flash.

If you're wondering how their makeup artists don't notice this when their clients are in the chair, it's important to point out that powder overdose isn't often detectable to the naked eye. The reason it becomes so obvious in pictures comes down to the main ingredient in many translucent or finishing powders: silica. Because silica is reflective with light, it appears white with the flashes of a thousand paparazzi cameras—or, for us mere mortals, even just an iPhone. 

The good news is that you actually don't have to choose between setting your makeup and documenting a fun night out. Keep scrolling to find out the easiest ways to avoid a powder mishap.