Make-up, it’s not just for women.
For photography and film it’s always been for everyone. From Errol Flyn to Daniel Craig they all do it.
The most common use is to reduce reflections and hot spots, AKA “shinny nose syndrome” (well, also forehead and chin). These areas tend to be the oiliest and therefore the shiniest. Allowing the photographer or make-up artist apply powder to your face will reduce the hot spots and give a more natural appearance.
When you look in the mirror you usually have flat lighting and may not see the differences in shinny skin. However when you get on set the photographer is using different lighting, to accentuate your best features, and unfortunately the differences may show.
Yes, Photoshop is the miracle program, but it is just better and easier to correct any tonal differences in your skin before the shoot.
So the next time the photographer approaches you with a powder puff, Don’t run, Don’t hide, just understand that they are trying to make you look your best.
As Vidal Sasson Said “If you don’t look good…”