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Beauty Basics: How to Set Your Makeup

You asked we listened. This Beauty Basics has been requested by you, and it’s all about how to set your makeup properly and make it last longer. We give you a few tips for each stage: before makeup, while putting makeup on and the final touch.

If you’d like us to cover any other topic we haven’t talked about yet, or if you have any question about makeup, please email us and we’ll be more than happy to help!

Before your makeup


It might be cheating on our part, but the first trick to set your makeup properly is to start even before applying it. A good skincare routine can do wonders for your makeup.

We’ve already set out for you the 5 skincare products you can’t live without, plus our blog features insights into Jecca Blac’s team own skincare routines. If you don’t know where to start, start from here and get your inspiration from us!


After your daily skincare routine, you may want to consider using a primer. It may seem like an unnecessary extra step, but trust us, it will save you a lot of time later.

A primer is usually a silicon-based cream to apply on your face. It’s meant to fill in your pores and create the perfect smooth base for your makeup. It locks any product in place, and it prevents it from moving around during the day.

When applying your makeup


One of the best tricks to use while applying your makeup is to layer your powder products on top of their cream version.

For example, you could use a cream eyeshadow as your base for your powders and eyeliners. Or you could apply some cream blush underneath a powdered one. The cream products will help the powder to stick on your face, while also making the pigmentation pop. Of course, make sure to use the same or similar colours.


This is especially useful if you’re using gel or pen eyeliner, as they’re the ones that tend to be less precise and move around more easily. However, it is a nice trick also if you’re using a pencil.

Once you’ve applied your eyeliner, with a small flat brush pick up some eyeshadow of the same colour and blot it on top of the already marked line. Unless you’re going for a smudged look, make sure not to drag the brush but simply place the colour on top of the line. This will set the eyeliner and make it last longer.

After your makeup


There are two classical ways to set your makeup. The first one is using translucent or setting powder. If you’re using a powder foundation, however, a setting spray would be best (you can skip to the next tip!).

With the largest brush you own, pick up the powder and apply it all over your face. Don’t be too shy with this, as translucent powders are — as their name suggests — invisible to the eye. They won’t ruin your makeup or add any extra colour but set your makeup to stay for a long time.

If you’re wearing bold lip colour, place a light tissue over your lips. Keep it still when applying the powder over the tissue. As applying the powder directly to your lips is unhelpful (and a bit disgusting), doing through the tissue is the best trick to make your lipstick stay all day.


The other technique you may want to use is a setting spray. There are many different versions on the market (some people even swear that some water mist is just as good), so you have plenty of choices. Simply, spray the liquid all over your face and don’t touch it until it’s completely dry.


If you have any suggestions for topics you want us to cover, email us and we’ll be happy to talk about it next time!