Set & Spray: Make Your Makeup Last Longer

When you spend time perfecting your makeup in the morning, you know you want it to stick around past lunchtime. “Most clients believe that if they just set with a powder, their makeup will stay all day, but that’s just not true,” says Lexi Quolas, beauty specialist and assistant manager at our Pacific Palisades store. There are a few different ways to make sure the makeup stays all day, she says. Here are her recommendations based on your skin type.

Dry or Mature Skin

Most aging clients will stay away from powder, but when using a liquid or cream foundation, powder can add some staying power that will last all day. I use a large fluffy brush and a small amount of loose powder to set the foundation in place and soak up any excess oils from the foundation. 

I then set with my preferred jane iredale D2O Hydration Spray. It will make their makeup last up to 8 hours and help plump up the skin to “reverse” the signs of aging.

Normal/Combination Skin

Depending on how much coverage is needed, the client can either use a translucent or color-matched powder foundation to set their makeup. I usually use a flat kabuki style buffer brush to lay on the product. Then set with either the jane iredale Pommist or Lemongrass Love Hydration Spray to protect the skin from harsh environments and infuse the skin with antioxidants.

Oily/Acneic Skin

I tend to steer towards an oil-free liquid foundation to help prevent any future breakouts. With oily skin, there’s a tendency for the makeup to “melt” or wipe off easily. To prevent that, I use the “baking” method—after foundation application—in the more oily parts of the face to absorb excess oils.

The baking method works like this: Because the T-Zone and under-eye areas are usually where creasing or oil appears, I’ll take a beauty blender or makeup sponge and apply a liberal amount of fine translucent powder to those spots and let sit for 2–5 minutes (my preferred product is Inika Mineral Mattifying Powder). Then I take a fluffy brush and brush it away from the skin, followed with the client’s preferred face powder.

Then I set with jane iredale Balance Hydration Spray to help balance out the pH in the skin and encourage a balanced environment for sebum production.