What’s the deal with HD?

High definition makeup has been on-trend for several years now, but what exactly is HD makeup and how does it work?

The main aim of high definition makeup is to reflect more light because of it’s ‘soft-focus’ technology. High definition makeup has a high-grade silicone content which will smooth your uneven skin texture, creating a ‘close-up finish’. However, because of the miracle that is modern makeup, we find ourselves wondering if HD is now somewhat defunct. As regular makeup nowadays already offers many of the same qualities, has High Definition just become a gimmicky marketing tool?

Once only the product of TV and film-sets, it soon became popular on the general market, for every day use. People tend to seek out a HD makeup artist for a special occasion. But we believe that the same (even better) effect can be reached using a selection of well chosen, harmonious products that work well with the skin. This is a much preferred method to spraying on a single flat layer. Makeup artists can be far more creative, and get a much better real-life result with good makeup brushes and the huge range of makeup products available.

Brushes and powder

When HD cameras were first introduced, film and TV producers found that regular makeup showed up muddy-looking on the screen. This lead to the need for the airbrushing technique. As HD makeup is blown onto the face, it prints a pixilation that is favourable for the HD camera. This made HD makeup a must-have skill for makeup artists for many years, and is still widely used in the industry today.

However, When it comes to choosing your wedding or occasion makeup, think twice before choosing the HD option. There are so many amazing products on the market today, so unless you have a specific need for HD, let us give you a run-down of some of our favourite products on the market right now that will give you the same desired effect:

Nars pure radiant tinted moisturiser

Nars tinted moisturiser

Illamasqua Skin Base

Illamasqua foundation

Makeup Forever HD Invisible Cover Foundation

HD Foundation

Check out some more tips on Light Reflecting Makeup

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