The Exact Purpose of Makeup Primer, Setting Powder & Setting Spray

woman wearing white shirt with red lipstickBehold… the powerful three. Or another term I like to refer to them to, “the three important yet seemingly confusing things I have to use before, in the midst of, and after doing my makeup. Makeup primer, setting powder, and setting spray. If you’re a devoted member of the beauty community you mostly likely will see these products used everyday in video tutorials or just in the midst of all the chit-chat. The questions that I know many have been wanting to ask is “What are all of these products for?” or “Why aren’t some of them working for me?”. For you to feel comfortable to continue using these products, it would make sense that you want to figure what the hell the purpose is for each of them and what works best for you.

Keep in mind that just like foundations or even skin care products, there are different types of primers, setting powders and sprays that cater to your exact skin type. There are makeup primers for dry skin and oily skin while there are setting powders for acne-prone and combination skin. Some setting sprays will make your skin appear matte and pore-less, while others can give you a dewy effect. They’re can be different and work in different ways, so make sure you purchase the one right for you.


NYX Studio Perfect Primer, Clear, 1.0 oz/30ml

A makeup primer acts as a base for your foundation. It allows your foundation to go on smoother and last longer throughout the day. Some primers help smooth out pores and wrinkles for a baby soft complexion. Makeup primers can come in any of the three formulas: gel, powder, or a cream. There are also primers for your eyelids to do the same trick for your eyeshadow!

Setting Powder:

L’Oreal Paris Makeup Infallible Pro-Sweep & Lock Loose Matte Setting Face Powder, Translucent, 0.28 oz.

If you’ve heard of the “baking” technique in makeup, just know you’re not taking a break to make some cookies. You’re baking that face of yours! This is the product that I’ve heard people ask “why on Earth?!” the most about. Why would you apply this powder to your under eyes, forehead, nose and just below your cheekbone, just to wipe if off 5-10 minutes later? Just like primer, setting powder is used to make your face appear even smoother by making sure those fine lines and pores are well hid. Setting powder locks in your foundation & concealer so that it doesn’t crack. It’s like pressing the save button in the middle of doing your makeup. There are setting powders out there for your exact skin tone if you don’t want to risk flashback when taking pictures.

Setting Spray:

GC Make Up Setting Spray – Gerard Cosmetics Slay All Day Peach – OIL CONTROL Spray A MUST HAVE For Your Makeup Routine – 3.38oz (100ml)

Setting spray is the final save button you push to lock in all of that fabulous work you’ve just done. Just like using hairspray, you want to keep all of that work you’ve done together. Hold the bottle a few inches away from your face and spray all over. Let it dry and voila! Your makeup won’t move an inch.

I assume that you’re glad that you have finally found the answers to why you “prime” your face before applying makeup, “bake” your face with a powder then dust it off afterwards, and then spray your face all over after you’re done with all of that. Sometimes things that sound so bizarre to do actually ends up being the smartest things to do. Enjoy your happy life of non-smearing makeup!