How to Set Your Makeup Like a Pro

Author: Michelle Teeken   Date Posted:15 July 2022 


No matter what your skin type or makeup goals are, setting powder is a beauty product you need in your makeup bag. After applying your liquid and cream products, dusting on setting powder can make all the difference in the longevity of your makeup. Below, we’ll go through different ways to set your makeup like a pro. 



We have listed two methods we use to set the under eye area. Both have different finishes, so we recommend trying out each to see which best works for you and your makeup style. Before setting your under eye area, use your BASE MAKER® SPONGE to pat out creases that may have formed. 


This method is best for those who like a light to medium coverage, natural finish. Pick up some loose or pressed translucent powder on a small fluffy face brush such as our GOLD LUXE ‘SMALL DETAILED HIGHLIGHTER’ BRUSH and tap off any excess powder. Lightly press this under your eyes to set the area.



This method is best for those who like a more full coverage, matte finish. Pick up some loose powder of choice with your makeup sponge (or powder puff) and press it into the back of your hand to remove the excess product. Lightly press this under your eye area until the powder melts into the skin. Optionally, you can top this off with a brightening powder such as the shade ‘CARVED OUT’ from our CHISEL-SCULPT-SHADE FACE PALETTE

Setting makeup under eyes using Modelrock face pallete



To set the face, we recommend using a large fluffy brush such as our GOLD LUXE ‘THE MULTI-TASKER’ BRUSH which is the perfect all-rounder. The multi-tasker brush is exactly that and is an essential brush that will always 'serve that face'.

You may think you need to apply powder to the entire face, but that isn’t always the case (unless you are extremely oily). For normal skin types, you can get away with just setting parts of the face that typically get oily throughout the day such as the forehead, down the bridge of your nose and maybe even the chin.

Whether you prefer loose powder or pressed powder, your best match will ‘disappear’ on your skin. To apply, dip the brush in your chosen powder and tap the brush to remove any excess product. Dab lightly over the areas you wish to set, do not drag. Dragging will disturb the liquid and cream products underneath causing streaks and patchiness to your makeup. 

Girl setting makeup with Modelrock brush



The final step in setting your face is to apply some setting spray. Not only will your makeup last longer for all-night wear, but it also helps melt and blend the setting powders into the skin. We recommend using our F.A.C.E SETTING SPRAY from our Graffiti Collection. 

You can apply this to your face directly or for a longer lasting finish, try dampening your Base Maker® with a few sprays of setting spray directly onto the sponge. Then lightly press the dampened makeup sponge all over your face to lock everything in place. 

Girl using Modelrock setting makeup spray


How do you set your makeup? Let us know in the comments below!

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