Admittedly, setting your makeup may not be the most exciting part of your beauty routine, but it’s definitely one of the most important. No one likes touching up their makeup halfway through the day. Once it’s applied, you ideally want it to stay in place from morning ’til night. Keep reading for the absolute best primers, powders and setting sprays to ensure your makeup looks fresh until you take it off.
Wet n Wild Picture Perfect Eyeshadow Primer: There’s no better feeling than finding an ultra-affordable makeup product that works even better than luxury alternatives. Just a drop of this shadow primer will keep your eyeshadow in place all day. Your shadows – no matter the finish (glitter, satin, matte) – won’t crease at all. It’s a must-buy.
MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot in Painterly: MAC’s Paint Pot range, which is available in a wide array of colors, can be used as stand-alone eyeshadows or as bases. The shade Painterly, a soft nude-beige, is a perfect shade to layer underneath other shadows. Tap it on with your finger or a synthetic brush, dust a beige shadow over it to set, then begin creating your shadow look on top of that.
Urban Decay Primer Potion: This nude shadow primer from Urban Decay is a cult classic. It’s creamy, easy to blend, and keeps your shadows looking fresh until you take them off. The unique formula conceals and fills in any imperfections you may have on your lids, creating a smooth surface for your eyeshadows.
Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer: Spending over fifty dollars on a primer may seem absurd, but the quality of this product is exceptional. A little goes a very long way – this bottle will last your forever. A drop of it will cover your entire face, creating a smooth, poreless, matte base. No matter what product you use on top of it, your complexion will look like it has an airbrushed finish.
Benefit The POREfessional Face Primer: If you have oily skin, this primer will be your saving grace. Apply it to your T-zone, or any area you have excess oil or large pores, and see instant results. The lightweight formula will minimize the appearance of pores, but won’t clog them, which can lead to breakouts. It’s probably the best mattifying primer on the market.
BECCA Backlight Priming Filter: To achieve that coveted, lit-from-within, glowing look, the BECCA Backlight Priming Filter is a must. It simultaneously blurs any imperfections, and gives your skin a radiant luminosity. Instead of being infused with chunky glitter, which can exaggerate the appearance of pores and imperfections, the primer is comprised of crushed pearls that leave you with a sophisticated glow.
RCMA Makeup No Color Powder: This ultra-translucent powder was a makeup artist staple for years, but it’s recently entered the mainstream thanks to tons of love from YouTube vloggers. This powder is completely traceless. You won’t have any white flashback in photos (a common side effect of setting your face with powder) and your face will be matte, without looking cake-y. At $12, it’s also pretty affordable.
Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder: This lightweight setting powder is ideal whether you want to ‘bake’ your face or dust it with a sheer sprinkling of powder. If your skin is still looking oily even after priming, this powder will take care of that. Unlike many powders, it won’t make your skin look ‘cake-y’. The powder will be virtually undetectable once it’s applied to your skin.
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette: If you prefer pressed powders to loose ones, you must pick up this unbelievable palette. Hourglass powders are unlike anything else on the market. They transform any complexion into ethereal, luminous radiance, without looking overly glittery or shiny. It’s such a unique finish. The three powders in the set complement each other beautifully – use them alone, or a combination of the three, depending on the look you’re trying to achieve.
Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray: The Urban Decay All Nighter spray is the perfect finishing touch to any makeup look. A few spritzes is all you need to lock your look into place. Plenty of setting sprays dispense way too much product, leaving your face wet. All Nighter delivers a super-fine mist that feels refreshing and light on your skin.
MAC Prep + Prime Fix+: Fix+ is quite a multitasking product. You can use it before your makeup to refresh your skin and get it ready for products, as a finishing spray, to enhance the vividness of eye shadows and more. The long-wearing formula leaves your skin with a subtle, beautiful glow.
Wet n Wild PhotoFocus Setting Spray: This cruelty-free setting spray is less than five dollars, and works just as well as the pricier options. Wet n Wild’s setting and finishing products are exceptionally good for their price – definitely worth checking out. A few sprays of this formula will keep your makeup perfectly in place all night.
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