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Safeguard Your Makeup Look With a Smudge-Proof Setting Spray

Posted Aug 13 2010 5:00am

Given the many steps required for a complete makeup look (you know, foundation, bronzer/blush, shadow, liner, mascara, lip gloss — the works), combined with this late summer heat, your beauty regime hardly stands a chance when it comes to braving the elements and still looking fresh by the day’s (or night’s) end. Even though I’ve recently become a serious primer addict — which definitely improves the situation — my makeup still requires some major touch-ups by the time 3 o’clock rolls around, not to mention happy hour. Think of setting sprays as your “post-application primer”… or something like that. Instead of just prepping your skin and creating a smooth canvas for you to apply your makeup, setting sprays finish off your look and give it an invisible, lightweight “veil” or seal after it’s already been applied — giving it that waterproof, crease-proof, budge-proof shield that it needs to withstand your day’s trials and tribulations (even if that only involves some pesky wind or humidity). To get you started, Make Up For Ever’s Mist & Fix is a popular favorite because it’s ultra-sheer and doesn’t make you feel like you’re wearing an addition layer on your face, but I have to say I’m especially intrigued by Urban Decay’s All Nighter , which boasts a whopping 16 hours of staying power! 

Urban Decay All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray , ModelCo Beauty Fix Setting Spray , Make Up For Ever Mist & Fix , and Sephora Collection “Tricks of the Trade” Makeup Setting Mist .

- Alex Gambardella

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