Your Makeup Ultimate Seal…..Ben Nye Final Seal!

I swear we all want that flawless look when we do our makeup, I know I do and I fouunnnnd it!! Ben Nye Final Seal spray is everything you need in life. Smudge-proof and water-resistant, Ben Nye Final Seal Matte Sealer seals the look for hours, literally no exaggeration, and its very affordable ranging from $8 – $30. Whether you’re performing, entertaining, tackling harsh weather or just looking for a lasting look, this finishing spray keeps makeup in place, even through heavy perspiration. Trust me I have personal summers all the time.

I sweat profusely. Like… sweat. Unfortunately for me at the tender age of 37 I am in pre-menopause and if you know anything about that then you know exactly what I mean when I say “personal summers” all year round. When I need my makeup to stay, full glam Ben Nye final seal spray is my saving grace.  I kid you not this spray will make your makeup last about 24 hours.

Minimal touch ups required, virtually no running makeup and no makeup transfer when you blot, touch your face or hug people it stands up to all weather and is pretty much water resistance! This spray is perfect for all occasions where makeup is needed to stand the test of time. Hell you can jump in a pool of water and your face will still be sitting.

Well, not that it took a lot but I wanted to make a believer out of my makeup bae and make all my viewers a believer as well so we put it to the test. My girl Alicia Mitchell of Fat Girl Glamour received a full face of makeup, I mean camera ready makeup and she agreed to wear it for 24 hrs. This means she had to carry out her daily task with a  full face of makeup on including but not limited to sleeping and showering in the makeup created by yours truly using the Ben Nye Final Seal.  Here is what the final application looked like:


Yes ma’am my makeup bae owned this look in our mini impromptu photo shoot. Come thru skin! The foundation was not disturbed, it doesn’t look cakey or plastic like and this illuminator was created underneath the foundation so even with Ben Nye Final Seal being a “matte” finish her glow is still illuminating threw the layers of makeup tha she has on.

Now makeup started at 6pm, finished up an hr later, we did our mini photoshoot and then she was off to start her 24 challenge. This first video is at 1am in the morning which is 6 hrs into her challenge. As you can see the canvas is still going strong:

 The next video is at 9am in the morning before she took her shower. As you can see 15 hrs into the challenge and literally her makeup has shifted. “I woke up like this”, LOL but she did!

 Now were a 25 hrs into her makeup and can we please give it up for Ben Nye Final Seal…..Yessss she is still ready for the evening here as she gets ready for her date!!! Now she could have put a little concealer under her eyes but we took this look to the limit.


Singing “isn’t she lovely, isn’t she BEA-U-TI-FUL”, yes she issssss!

So now her night has come to an end, she has already snatched the lashes off and then we decided to do one final video to show that even after 30 hrs of makeup this Ben Nye Final Seal will definitely save your life.

 Here are a few tips for using this spray as this is not your average spray.

– If your skin is already extremely dry, this is not the spray for you. It will treat your skin like hell. It will tighten the skin like an ultra-matte liquid lipstick on dry lips and we all know how dry that feels and the minty aroma may make the skin sting a little.

– Use a decent moisturizer under your makeup before using the Ben Nye spray. This is a heavy duty finishing spray so you don’t need to use a lot. This should be used only when you’re having a long day with makeup  and want minimal touch ups as stated before. If abused on certain skin types it could possibly dry the skin and make the pores work in overdrive!

– To get even coverage you must spray Ben Nye at least six inches from the face. I suggest you transfer it into a better spray bottle, because the bottle it comes in is the worst. If you have a good bottle that sprays out misty that will be perfect but know sometimes you may have to the take top off and wipe dried residue from under spray top.

– Use Ben Nye Spray sparingly if you use an oil based foundation. If you’re using an oil based foundation, Depending on your skin type it may react differently with oil based foundations. I personally use cream and stick foundations and it works well for me but again based on skin type, choice of foundation (made with oil or some form of wax) and your regime on applying makeup it may not  play well with this spray (possibly because of their oil content?).

– And lastly don’t over saturate your face with Ben Nye spray. That will cause a shiny film to be left on your face when it dries and can working against your fine lines. If you do get carried away and find this happens, a gentle dusting of your powder brush on top once it’s fully dry (using just the residual product left on your brush and not adding any more) will take away the sheen and any associated tackiness.

Let that be a lesson to you!

So the next time you need your makeup to last under any conditions, do not hesitate to order your Ben Nye Final Seal, I guarantee you will not be disappointed.




Makeup Act Right!

Ladies, do you ever wonder why your makeup doesn’t last? Why it looks so shiny as if it is going to run off your face or be cakey where it visibly sits on the skin and solidifies in the fine lines and pores, rather than just blending seamlessly on the skin? Now of course, everyone has their own reason why they choose to wear makeup, but for the most part, it’s to enhance the look; cover up dark spots; blemishes; scaring; chronic acne; redness or hyperpigmentation. Whatever the reason, you want your makeup to be as seamless as a second layer of skin.

As a professional and celebrity makeup artist turned beauty blogger, I always say, a great makeup application starts with great skin. However, in an imperfect world, that’s not always possible so my advice is to make sure you prep, prime, set and seal. If you don’t know the best approach to make this happen, no worries, I will share my 4 fav steps and my go to products to help your makeup application act right.

Prepping the skin: Make sure you cleanse, tone (astringent) and moisturize.

Some may have a skin regime and others may just wash and go, but whatever it is, make sure the skin is clean and moisturized…I express moisturize, moisturize, moisturize!!! When the skin is hydrated it helps in creating a smooth canvas for the foundation, even if you have oily skin using a cream that will hydrate the skin works best. One of the creams that I give rave reviews is ‘Embryolisse Concentrated Lait Cream’ because it truly helps hydrate the skin and it has a matte finish which allows me to control my shine. Good and moisturized skin will look and fill plump, the foundation will blend effortlessly into the skin while helping minimize fine lines and dry patches.

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Priming the skin: Face primer is a base for the foundation; it goes on smooth and allows the makeup to last longer.

Most primers are formulated with silicone based polymers, which is why it’s able to give the foundation a smooth silky finish. Mary Kay Foundation Primer Sunscreen is a primer that I swear by because it’s an oil free primer with SPF 15 in it. It fills in imperfections and dries quickly to a matte finish, which is always a plus for me because again it allows me to control my shine. Now, one of the best ways to apply the primer is with your fingertips. Why? Because the warmth of your fingertips really help work the primer into the skin as opposed to using a sponge or liquid foundation brush. Using your fingers also helps to invigorate the skin like a mini massage. My clients absolutely love it and always express how good it feels when I’m doing their makeup. Once this step is completed, you are now ready to apply your foundation.

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Setting the foundation: Setting the foundation is just that, it helps set the makeup.

Foundations tends to be oily, so on most skin types, we use a powder to set the foundation for a longer wear throughout the day, helping to minimize the shine. Most powders are very fine, so most brands will work with any skin types.  When I’m applying makeup on a new client for the first time whose skin type I’m unfamiliar with, I always play it safe with Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder because I know it will prolong the wear of the application and will not create flash back when applied properly. However, if you are applying your own makeup and you have oily skin, be careful not to overdo it and run the chance that you haven’t added enough color (usually bronzers) to compensate for the amount of setting powder that was used. Blend your life away!

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Sealing the makeup: setting spray is like the final step to completing your look. Some say it’s optional, but I always say it’s a needed step to complete the makeup application.

As a professional makeup artist with nearly 10 years of experience, I always make it a point to spray my clients before the makeup application, during the makeup application and after the makeup application is completed. For you DIY girls, I suggest you do the same if you want a professional result. Setting spray is a must use!! It helps prevent makeup from running, wearing off and transferring under extreme pressure. There is a setting pray out there for all skin types and occasions. If you want a guarantee, my pick is Ben Nye Final Seal Mattifying Spray. This spray withstands the test of time whether it’s used for stage makeup or if your make up must uphold underwater. If you are just reading this and didn’t know to purchase a setting spray or you simply ran out and need to snatch your face now, do what women did long before there was such a thing as a setting spray, use some good old hair spray; yes hair spray! Sealing makeup with hairspray has been the secret of most professional dancers and actors for many years.

TIP: To achieve the perfect look, identifying your skin type is key! The first step in the application process is determining whether you have dry skin, oily skin or combination skin. The trick to finding products that work best for you and applying makeup properly is to understand your skin type.  The old saying, “practice makes perfect,” in my experience, goes hand in hand with selecting the perfect products for a flawless finish. There’s a product out there for all skin type, so sample before you purchase to avoid buying foundation, powders and sprays that you can’t use.


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