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Ever wondered what the secret is to makeup that lasts as you go about your day? We won’t keep you out of the loop—it’s makeup setting spray. It turns out that there is a simple makeup product out there that can help keep your foundation, concealer, eye shadow, and whatever else you have on in place. All. Day. Long. Makeup finishing sprays are similar to makeup primer, except you use them as the final step in your makeup routine. Never used a makeup spray before? Well, we’re about to teach you all about them! Here, learn everything you need to know, including getting the scoop on our best makeup setting sprays.
Real talk: It’s always so disheartening to see all of your hard work—and applying a full face of makeup can definitely be 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’d never heard of makeup spray before this article, think of it as a top coat for your makeup. We know it’s never easy to keep your makeup looking fresh through the end of the day, but makeup setting sprays can help keep the need for midday touch-ups to a minimum. The whole purpose of using a makeup finishing spray is to help prevent your makeup from smudging, creasing, or fading quickly.
Ready to use a makeup spray? Consider giving one of our best makeup setting sprays a try.
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’ve finished applying your makeup for a “just applied” makeup look all day and night.
L’Oréal Paris True Match Lumi Shake & Glow Dew Mist: Formulated with quenching coconut water and brightening vitamin C, this setting spray provides a boost of healthy hydration while setting your makeup. It’ll give your complexion an instant dewy glow. Bonus: The formula can also be used as a makeup primer spray to prep your skin prior to makeup application.
Makeup setting spray should act as the finishing touch to your beauty routine each morning (or anytime you’re putting on your face). After you’ve fully applied your foundation, mascara, and lipstick, shake the bottle, hold it eight to ten 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.
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 on 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.
After washing your face, apply a moisturizer, like the L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care - Normal/Oily Skin, L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care - Normal/Dry Skin, or L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care - 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!
Makeup 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. You can also reach for a makeup primer spray, like we mentioned earlier.
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.
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. 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 onto your skin.
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 Washable Mascara and 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, with a black primer on one end and a fiber-filled mascara on the other. To use, start by applying the primer, making sure to coat every lash. Then, before the primer dries, brush the mascara onto your lashes.
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.
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. Now, you won’t have to worry about your makeup fading by midday anymore.
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 a Temporary Hair Color Spray.