Emma Stone Suffers Makeup Malfunction: See Her Over-Powdered Face

Emma Stone enters the "Late Show With David Letterman" on Dec. 15.
Whoops! Emma Stone enters the Late Show With David Letterman on Dec. 15 with an over-powdered face. Ray Tamarra/WireImage.com

Poor Emma Stone!

The effervescent Cabaret star, 26, took a break from the Great White Way to chat with David Letterman in NYC on Monday, Dec. 15, but there was a little snafu in the beauty department.

While posing outside the studio for photos, Stone, clad in a Michael Kors coat, modeled her porcelain skin—which was unfortunately smudged with superlight HD makeup on her nose and forehead! Her blushed cheeks and rust lip were undeniably on point, as was her sleek scarlet bob. But it was hard to focus on those shining points while the mismatched foundation was on display, front and center.

Yes, HD makeup does have its purpose: It blends seamlessly to give skin a flawless finish when captured through a video lens. But when shutterbugs' bright flashes pop, so do signs of the finisher, which can look like swipes of powder anywhere it's applied.

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At least Stone is in good company! This past May, Angelina Jolie stepped out to promote Maleficent—not once, but twice with telltale powdery splotches. But the truth of the matter is, it's almost impossible to tell how makeup will appear on camera until an actress (or anyone) steps outside.

"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 previously told Us Weekly. "Many women think you can just touch up with any powder for an event, but all powders have different finishing textures."

The fix: According to Greenberg, avoid superfine powders. But if you love them and must use them, make sure to match them perfectly to your skin tone and to blend completely before stepping out of the house—especially if you’ll be photographed!

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