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What Is Makeup Setting Spray and How Does It Help Keep Your Makeup in Place

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What Is Makeup Setting Spray and How Does It Help Keep Your Makeup in Place What Is Makeup Setting Spray and How Does It Help Keep Your Makeup in Place What Is Makeup Setting Spray and How Does It Help Keep Your Makeup in Place

Ever wondered what the secret is to makeup that lasts as you go about your day? It turns out that there is a makeup product out there that can help keep your foundation, concealer, eye shadow, and whatever else you have on in place. All. Day. Long. Want to know what that product is? If you guessed makeup primer, you’re close, but not quite. The answer is none other than makeup setting spray. Never used a makeup setting spray before? Well, we’re here to teach you all about it. Here, learn what makeup setting spray is and how to incorporate it into your beauty routine.


Real talk: It’s always so disheartening to see all of you hard work fade away well before lunchtime, which is why you might want to consider adding a makeup setting spray into your beauty routine. If you’ve never heard of makeup setting spray before, think of it like a top coat for your makeup. We know it’s never easy to keep your makeup looking fresh all day long, but makeup setting sprays can help keep the need for midday touchups to a minimum. These powerful products usually come in the form of a spray or mist. The whole purpose of using a makeup setting spray is to help prevent your makeup (foundation, lipstick, eye shadow, and more) from smudging, creasing, or fading quickly.


Ready to use a makeup setting spray? Try the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Spray & Set Makeup Extender Setting Spray. This oil-free makeup setting spray has a micro-fine texture to help set your look after you’re finished applying your makeup.


Makeup setting spray should be the finishing touch to your beauty routine each morning. After you’ve fully applied your foundation, mascara, and lipstick, shake the bottle, hold it 8-10 inches from your face, and spray it on in an “X” and “T” motion. Just make sure to avoid spraying it in your eyes!


Now that you know what makeup setting spray can do, it’s time to incorporate it into your beauty routine. Follow this natural-looking makeup guide.

Step 1: Wash your face

Before moving onto applying makeup (and sealing it all with makeup setting spray), you should focus on your skin care routine. Begin by getting a clean slate. Start by using a facial cleanser, like the L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Detox & Brighten Cleanser, L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Purify & Mattify Cleanser, or L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Exfoliate & Refine Cleanser, to get rid of impurities from the surface of your skin. Squeeze a small amount of facial cleanser into your hands and add water to transform it from clay to mousse. Then, gently massage the facial cleanser onto your face and rinse thoroughly.

Step 2: Apply moisturizer

After washing your face, apply a moisturizer, like the L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care for Normal/Oily Skin, L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care for Normal/Dry Skin, or L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care for Extra Dry Skin, to damp skin. All three moisturizers are formulated with hyaluronic acid and aloe vera for long-lasting hydration, so pick the one that suits your skin care concerns best. Moisturizing is important to help keep your skin smooth and glowing. It sets the base for any makeup look, so don’t skip out on this step!

Step 3: Start with primer

Primer can help to create an even canvas for the rest of your makeup application. Try the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro Glow Lock Makeup Primer or the L’Oréal Paris Pro Matte Lock Makeup Primer, depending on your desired finish, glowing or matte. A glowing primer would be best for dry skin, while a matte primer would be best for oily skin. Primer can also help your makeup wear more evenly throughout the day.

Step 4: Color correct

You know those pastel-colored concealers you’ve been seeing everywhere? It’s all part of the color correcting trend! Use them to disguise discolorations—we promise you won’t end up with a rainbow on your face. Depending on your complexion concerns, you can have your pick from the five available shades of the L’Oréal Paris True Match™ Color Correcting Crayon. Green neutralizes the appearance of redness, yellow hides blue or purple areas, and peach, bisque, and orange disguise dark circles on fair to light, light to medium, and medium to deep skin tones, respectively. When you’ve chosen your color, dot the crayon where you need correcting and blend out with your fingers or a makeup blender.

Step 5: Apply foundation

Choose a foundation based on your skin type or skin care concerns. If you have dry skin, try the L’Oréal Infallible Pro Glow Foundation. If you have oily skin, try the L’Oréal Infallible Pro Matte Foundation. Have acne scars you’d like to hide? Then reach for a full coverage foundation, like the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Total Cover Foundation, available in 12 shades. Regardless of which foundation you choose, apply it with the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Blend Artist Foundation Blender, using dabbing and rolling motions to seamlessly blend it into your skin.

Step 6: Swipe on mascara

Get ready to bat those lashes! For optimal lash drama, start with a coat of lash primer, like the L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Lash Paradise Mascara Primer/Base. This pink-tinted mascara primer helps condition lashes for enhanced mascara wear and prepares lashes for mascara. Once you’re applying lash primer, reach for the L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Lash Paradise Mascaraand apply it from root to tip. Looking for more drama without having to resort to applying fake lashes? Try the L’Oréal Paris Voluminous X Fiber Mascara, which is dual-ended To use, start by applying the black primer, making sure to coat every lash. Then, before the primer dries apply the fiber-infused mascara on to

Step 7: Add a subtle kiss of color to your lips

Want a pretty-looking pout? Keep things subtle with a shiny lipstick. Use the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Shine Lipstick in Dazzling Doe or Glossy Fawn for a hint of color. To get smoother lips, use a lip scrub first to gently buff away dead skin cells from the surface of your lips. Here’s How to Use a Lip Scrub Before Applying Lipstick. You can also line your lips with invisible lip liner to help keep your lipstick in place.

Step 8: Spritz on makeup setting spray

This is it—the final step in your makeup routine! It’s time to use makeup setting spray to help set your look. Just spray it onto your face and you’re good to go. You won’t have to worry about your makeup fading by midday anymore.

Step 9: Remove your makeup at the end of the day

Once you get home, it’s important to remove all of your makeup. That’s because when you sleep in your makeup, it can mix with the dirt and oils that have built up on the surface of your skin, clogging your pores. And clogged pores can lead to breakouts. Taking off your foundation, mascara, and lipstick doesn’t have to take up too much of your time, though. Use a micellar water to keep things simple. Micellar water is powered by tiny micelles—oil molecules—that act as a magnet to lift dirt, oil, and makeup up and away from your skin. Just pour some of the L’Oréal Paris Micellar Cleansing Water Complete Cleanser Waterproof –All Skin Types out onto a cotton pad and wipe the pad across your face, eyes, and lips. You can follow up with a double cleanse if you have time or go straight to moisturizer.

Ready to expand on your beauty education? Learn all about a different kind of spray in our article, How to Use Colorista 1-Day Sprays.