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Preserve Your Pretty with these Long Lasting Sprays


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As the summer heat is arising, so is our internal heat index. You know what that means – outr sweat glands get to work and our makeup gets-a-slippin.’ Soon, your super cute summer glow is annihilated by nature and you’re ready to grab a cleansing makeup remover wipe and head in for the day. But wait, before you throw in the (makeup) towel, There’s Hope! Try one of my top 5 makeup setting sprays to keep your foundation flawless and your makeup dry. (listed in order of appearance)

1.  Ben Nye Setting Spray– This little baby is first because it is my ultimate fave! It never lets me down. If I apply a cream or liquid foundation, then set with powder, my face is set for the next 12-14 hours, come heat or humidity. Pick some up from a specialty makeup supplier or on Amazon.

2.  NYX Makeup Setting Spray in Dewy and Matte – NYX  Cosmetics is my go-to cosmetics brand for good quality products at low prices. For less than $10 you can get a super effective spray in dewy or matte finish which really locks in moisture and prevents minimal perspiration from causing liquid foundation to break down.

3. Makeup Forever  Mist and Fix Makeup Setting Spray – Makeup Forever is my go-to brand for my long days where wetness is a contender. It gives my face a quick re-fresh before locking in the makeup with a formula which seals my look for at least 8 hrs at a time.

4. Mary Kay Finishing Spray by Skindinavia – No, Mary Kay is not your momma’s makeup! Truth be told some of the line’s makeup and skincare products have won awards for efficacy and with a conservative price point. It’s certainly worth a try. Heading to a MK party soon? Try their Finishing Spray by Skindinavia.

Urban Decay All-Nighter Makeup Setting Spray – I love this brand because there are three different types to choose from! De Slick: Oil Control, Dew Me: Moisturising and All Nighter; Long Lasting Spray.

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Get the Look! Kelly Rowland on the September 2013 Cover of Essence Magazine

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Kelly’s aired her dirty laundry and yet again revealed her fresh face! Summer has come and nearly gone far too quickly, but looks like the one Kelly’s sporting here would certainly make the transition to cooler weather and shorter days easier. Last fall’s beauty trend was berry-inspiring! I predict this season’s will be the same (P.s. I’m hoping for a burnt scarlet trend. If the trend launches, say #BBBeautyDC called it!). Until then, here’s a quick tutorial on how you can pull of a flawless rock-star look like Kelly.

1. Prep the Face with Mac Prep and Prime

2. Apply Mac Studio Fix Fluid to the Entire Face. I recommend choosing two different shades, warm for those with red undertones and cool for those with yellow and blue undertones. I prefer to apply the lighter fluid in the t-zone and mountains of the cheeks to provide a soft contour. (If you’re not a contour pro, consider sticking with your perfect match of foundation and use the concealer as a highlight under the eyes and down the center of the nose.)

3. Set your foundation with Mac Skin Finish! Setting liquid foundation with powder will help pro-long the product on the face and give it a less cakey look.

4. Using your favorite highlight, apply with a fan brush to the apples of the cheeks and down the center of the nose into the forehead. I love MACs’ Extra Dimension Skin-finish. In loose or pressed powder, it’s like sprinkles atop a cupcake, Why not?!

5. Apply your favorite cream blush to the apples of the cheeks. No cream blush, no problem! Try your favorite rose colored shimmer-less lipstick and apply to the apples of the cheeks with round circles.

6. Line the lips with your favorite plum or Dark Brown Liner.

7. Apply MAC’s Matte Lipstick in the color Sin. Matte is great to pair with this look because she has a definite highlight and drama in the eyes. A matte lip will create balance and definition.

8. Using the Urban Decay Naked Palette, Apply the lightest golden color to the eyelids.

9. Using the bronze color, beginning at the outer corner of the eye, blend the bronze shadow into the golden lid.

10. Add drama to the look by applying the darkest, charcoal color last. Be sure to concentrate the darkest color on the outside and blend in carefully. This will create the illusion of larger eyes and help beginners with blending.

11. Using Ardell’s Lash Adhesive Apply your favorite lashes. I prefer any lash that has a clear band at the lash line with spaces between each hair cluster. This becomes invisible when lain on the base of the lash line which makes it look more natural from every angle.

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