Did you know that there’s 1 simple step you can add to your makeup routine that will prevent oily skin and help foundation last all day – even during hot summer weather? Even if you already use makeup setting spray, we're betting you didn't know about this 1 useful trick...
Some of our customers & reviewers have come forward to let us know the real game-changer when using makeup setting spray: Applying it both before and after foundation!
Yes, that’s right – not only should setting spray be used after foundation, but when used beforehand, it creates a dry base that locks foundation in place, while preventing liquid foundation from seeping into pores.
Here at Mattify, we’ve done some testing of this theory – and the results are tremendous. Not only does it stop skin from getting shiny, it prevents the dreaded “foundation transfer” onto clothing or hands. It works with both liquid makeup and powder foundation, and combines beautifully with Mattify’s transparent powder, to provide a natural matte look that stays oil-free for hours.
Basically, all you need to do is use the setting spray both before and after foundation – but here’s a detailed list of steps you can take for the ultimate long lasting finish:
Step 1: Cleanse face as usual and towel dry.
Step 2: Apply your favorite acne treatments and moisturizer. Allow to absorb for 5 minutes.
Step 3: Spray a fine mist of your chosen Setting Spray onto entire face, with eyes closed. Allow to dry for a few minutes.
Step 4: Apply your selected Mattify Transparent Powder, as primer, to prevent pores from clogging
Step 5: Apply your favorite liquid or powder foundation
Step 6: Apply all other cosmetics (blush, bronzer, highlighter, eye liner/shadow)
Step 7: To set products in place, apply 1 more dusting of Mattify Transparent Powder to control oil
Step 8: Mist once again with your Makeup Setting Spray
You now have a matte look that will last all day and into the night! It also doesn’t budge during hot humid weather, and is a great way to waterproof your makeup.
*Most makeup setting sprays do contain alcohol – so if your skin is hyper-sensitive to alcohol, this may not work for you. As long as a light weight moisturizer is used beforehand, the alcohol will not be overly drying to your skin.
**Avoid Setting Sprays that contain shimmery ingredients or Glycerin, as those will make skin appear even oilier. If you have acne prone skin, avoid sprays that contain dimethicone (silicone), as it tends to clog enlarged pores, creating a breeding ground for acne bacteria. Also beware of anything titled “hydrating mist”, “refresher mist”, or “rosewater spray”, as these are not designed to lock makeup into place. They are intended for dry skin types and provide a dewy finish – the last thing most people with oily skin would want!
Urban Decay All Nighter – Felt light weight, non-sticky, non-drying. Did well with setting makeup, but didn’t seem to control much oil.
Ben Nye Final Seal – Genuinely waterproofed our makeup, very long lasting & stopped oiliness. Careful not to apply too much (2-3 sprays is perfect), or it can feel a bit constrictive.
NYX Makeup Setting Spray - Felt flexible and light, but didn’t control oil at all, so makeup still transferred a bit. Would probably be best for dry to combination skin types.
MAC Prep & Prime Fix - This one actually made skin feel even oilier, and didn’t set makeup at all. Face felt sticky, and almost like the product never really dried. Definitely would not recommend for oily skin types, only for dry skin.
Model in a Bottle – This is one of the original setting sprays to hit the market, and is still one of the best. It felt light and flexible, prevented any transfer, and was up to the task of preventing skin from getting oilier.