Angelina Jolie's Powder Makeup Malfunction, Explained

Celebrity Beauty May. 13, 2014 AT 5:25PM
Angelina Jolie with powder on her face at an event on May 12, 2014
Angelina Jolie with powder on her face at The Normal Heart premiere on May 12, 2014 Credit: AO IMAGES/FAMEFLYNET PICTURES

Angelina Jolie caused quite the frenzy after appearing on the red carpet—but it had nothing to do with peculiar Louboutin pumps or her Maleficent-themed dresses.

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While supporting her fiance Brad Pitt's new HBO drama The Normal Heart on May 12 in New York City, Jolie showed off her slim figure in a strapless black dress by Saint Laurent and simple black pumps.

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However, the splotches of white powder on the Maleficent star's face and decolletage distracted from the otherwise chic look, leaving Us to wonder, "Why would she go out like that?"

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The likely story is that Jolie, 38, was unaware that there was any makeup malfunction at all.

"What looks perfect in normal lighting can appear totally different when you have the harsh lights of flashing cameras on you," Mark celebrity makeup artist Jamie Greenberg tells Us Weekly. "Many women think you can just touch up with any powder for a red carpet event, but all powders have different finishing textures."

Jolie's Monday night makeup debacle wasn't her first offense. On May 9, white powder was also visible on her legs at a photo call in London.

Angelina Jolie has white powder on her leg at the London photo call for Maleficent.
Angelina Jolie has white powder on her leg at the London photo call for Maleficent.
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"If you use a powder that's super fine and you don't fully blend it, you can easily get the dreaded powder face, especially when you're photographed," Greenberg tells Us. "It happens more often than you'd believe. It was a bummer for Angelina, but hey, maybe she can start a new trend!"

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