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Set It Off With Urban Decay Makeup Setting Sprays


In the humid, sweaty summer months, an effective facial makeup primer just won’t cut it. Even if you create the perfect canvas on which to apply your makeup, it won’t make a difference once the sweat starts trickling (and then gushing) down your face. At that point, you might as well jump in a pool and let the foundation fall where it may. In other words, ladies, if going bare-faced just isn’t an option,  then you need to think ahead and invest in a great makeup setting spray to finish off your beauty routine and carry you through these sauna-type hot days.

My favorite choice at the moment Urban Decay‘s makeup setting sprays, new for Summer 2010. A collaboration with the long-lasting makeup experts at Skindinavia, these setting sprays are available in three formulations based on your skin type and lifestyle needs. Women with dry-to-combination skin, those living in extremely hot and humid locales, and those with outdoorsy lifestyles are encouraged to select the Dew Me Moisturizing Makeup Setting Spray, which boasts a special cooling technology involving tiny nano-spheres that are released throughout the day, cooling the skin’s surface and preventing any makeup meltdowns. Those stomping around in their stilettos in the City that Never Sleeps (or partying it up elsewhere) should check out  the All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray, which boasts a moisture-resistant formula that prevents makeup from smearing or running, so you can be the baddest chick at the club all the way ’til closing time. And last, there’s the De Slick Oil-Control Makeup Setting Spray, formulated for women with combination-to-oily skin, which boasts an oil control system involving nano-particles that disperse the shine associated with oil production, thereby giving your visage a smooth, matte finish.

Even though I have pretty dry skin, I’ve been using the De Slick Oil-Control Makeup Setting Spray (pictured below)— mainly because I do sweat quite a bit in the summer months, and a shiny face is just not in my list of summer musts. I’ve put it through some pretty serious tests — a full day at Central Park in 95-degree weather among them — and have been really pleased with its performance. Let’s clear here: the setting spray won’t prevent you from sweating (and frankly, your body needs to sweat), but it will minimize the effect any sweating has on your makeup. After a full day at the park, my foundation and powder didn’t appear blotchy or runny, and even my mascara remained on my lashes, never trickling elsewhere. If you pack some blotting papers with you so you can dab on your face as needed when a sweating bout comes on, you’ll be ready to face the day —foundation, eyeshadow, mascara and all. If you wanna be slick, first you gotta De Slick!


Urban Decay Makeup Setting Sprays, $29 each. Available at UrbanDecay.com and Sephora.com

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