Whether you name it “jumping,” “playing mas,” or no matter, one factor about being in a carnival parade is that your face make-up goes to soften finally. You’re going to need these touch-ups and masqueraders who put on make-up all the time end their beat with a beneficiant serving to of powder. I sometimes desire a dewier end, however the solar and sweat all the time have me coated on that after I hit the highway.

Setting spray can be a should. And for the large day, my make-up artist hit me with a combo I hadn’t tried earlier than, promising that it might actually make that make-up keep on. First, a spritzing of MAC’s traditional Prep + Prime Fix+ Spray, which Cincinnati-based beauty chemist Kelly Dobos says comprises hydrating elements like glycerin. “Glycerin can be pretty tacky and perhaps may help makeup grip.” Looking at what’s in it, Dobos says that’s the ingredient she will finest establish as one thing that may get your make-up to stay.

Then, my make-up artist grabbed a bottle of PPI Blue Marble Selr Spray. “This stuff is really good,” she stated, reassuring me that for essentially the most half, my make-up would keep for the day. This setting spray is one that people like to make use of for theatrical or special-effects make-up — a.okay.a. seems to be which can be speculated to final. 

“Most setting sprays use a flexible film former to help hold makeup in place and provide water and sweat resistance,” Dobos explains. The Blue Marble Spray comprises one thing referred to as the acrylates copolymer, which she describes as a “film former that provides smudge-resistance and water-resistance properties.”

Once it was time for me to hit the highway (at about 7:30 a.m.), I’d already taken a fast nap, figuring out I would not make it dwelling most likely till after sunset. By 9 a.m., I used to be shuffling down the ABC Highway behind a large music truck, swaying my hips and ensuring to keep away from any feather backpacks that may hit me within the face. Of course, I used to be sweating bullets — particularly the occasions I needed to hop right into a port-a-potty. Those stalls do not precisely have stellar air flow.

It was noon after I realized I’d forgotten to placed on sunscreen. My make-up nonetheless appeared good — I’d been sweating however my face was nonetheless fairly matte — however I knew it was solely a matter of time earlier than I began to burn. I spritzed a little bit of sunscreen mist on my face and utilized some to my chest and shoulders. It was too late. The solar had already handed down its merciless judgment on me. Today, I’m nonetheless struggling the implications of my SPF fake pas, however the factor I did keep in mind to placed on, the setting spray, actually got here by.

My make-up round 6 p.m.

Courtesy Jihan Forbes

My make-up round 9 p.m.

Courtesy Jihan Forbes

I anticipated my face to be a large number of purple glitter and black liner by the top of the day. It wasn’t. My eye make-up stayed put and solely round my nostril (the place a ton of sweat was dripping down) and slightly little bit of my mouth (I’d housed a plate stuffed with jerk rooster and rice and peas) did I discover any lifting. My brow make-up had lengthy since wiped off, giving strategy to a contemporary sunburn.