8 Expert Tips You Need to Know For Setting Cream Makeup

Karen Lien
by Karen Lien
6 Materials
10 Minutes

I’ve been getting a lot of questions about setting cream makeup. Do I use spray or powder? How much should I use? How do I apply them? Do I need to use both products? So today, I’m going to be showing you the best way to set cream makeup, for both people with dry skin and people with oily skin.

When I’m done, you will hopefully have a better understanding of how to set cream makeup, and the different products and techniques that can be used to do so. I'm using products by SEINT for this tutorial, but you could substitute with your preferred products using the same techniques.

Let’s get started!

Tools and materials:

  • Setting spray
  • Beauty blender sponge
  • Large makeup brush
  • Setting powder
  • Powder brush
  • Illuminator
How to use setting spray with cream makeup

1. Setting spray

If you have normal to dry skin, you can probably get away with just using a setting spray to set your cream makeup. Make sure the product you are using is water-based, and not silicone-based because silicon and cream makeup don’t work well together.

To apply, shake the bottle well, then simply hold the bottle at arm’s length, and spray towards your face in a zigzag pattern to make sure your whole face gets covered in the mist. 

Applying setting spray to a beauty blender

2. Use a beauty blender

Another way to apply your setting spray is by spraying it first onto a beauty blender sponge.

Make sure your sponge has first been prepped to be used with cream makeup. Then, just give a few spritzes of setting spray directly onto the sponge, and dab it onto your face. Don’t rub it, since that will likely remove your makeup. Just dab gently. 

Applying setting spray to a makeup brush

3. Use a large brush

Similar to using a beauty blender, you can also apply the setting spray using a makeup brush, and then gently stipple it all over your face. This is a new technique for me and I really like it because it gives me a lot of control over where the setting spray is applied. 

Using setting powder with cream makeup

4. Setting powder

If you have oily skin, or it’s hot out, and you know you’re going to be sweating a lot, you may want to add some setting powder, as well.

The key to using setting powder with cream makeup is the word “translucent.” Make sure you are using an air-spun translucent powder, and not a pressed color powder. It can be used in addition to setting spray after the setting spray is applied. 

Using a sponge to apply setting powder

5. Use a beauty blender

To apply setting powder with a beauty blender sponge, use a small brush to scrape the powder so it’s loose. Then, dab the sponge in the powder and apply it to the areas of your face that are prone to becoming oily, like your t-zone, cheeks, and chin. 

Removing excess powder with a brush

6. Remove excess powder

Then, use a large, fluffy brush to remove any excess powder that might be left over, and blend it well. 

Using a powder brush to apply setting powder

7. Use a powder brush

Similar to the beauty blender, you can use a powder brush to grab some loose powder, and gently press it onto the areas of your face that can use the extra holding power. Then use a clean brush all over your face to remove any excess powder. 

Using highlighter to combat the matte effect

8. Apply illuminator

If the setting powder leaves you looking a little too matte for your liking, apply a little illuminator to your cheekbones, browbones, and down the center of your nose. This brings some luminescence to your face. 

Setting cream makeup

Setting cream makeup tutorial

I hope this tutorial has answered some of your questions about how to set cream makeup. Will you be trying some of these techniques? Let me know how it works for you!

Products used

Suggested materials:
  • Setting spray
  • Beauty blender sponge
  • Large makeup brush
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