How to Set Makeup Without Powder? – A Complete Guideline

How to Set Makeup Without Powder

Sometimes we notice that after our makeup is done, it seems like a cakey texture. This happens when you can’t use the pressed powder properly. That’s why many of our makeup enthusiasts try to avoid the usage of setting powder after makeup, yet they want the flawless matte finish look.

Well, the pressed powder absorbs the extra oil after our makeup is done and keeps the makeup fresh the whole day. However, if you want to avoid using and your question is, “how to set makeup without powder?”. Then, I have a couple of solutions for you. Let’s get straight to the points! 

How to Set Makeup Without Powder?

There is one very effective method if you want to set your whole makeup without any kind of powder. The method is, using a setting spray. Here is the method –

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Necessary Items

Here I am providing a list of necessary items you’ll need.

  • Primer
  • Foundation 
  • Concealer 
  • Beauty Blender/Fluffy Makeup Brush
  • Blush
  • Contour Pallet
  • Lipstick 
  • Setting Spray 


In this segment, you are going to learn the main process. Let’s get into the process.

Step 1: Prepare Your Face

After washing your face, apply serum or moisturizer to hydrate your face for the whole day. Then, apply primer according to your skin type. Primer helps to clog the open pores of your skin. Plus, it also prevents oil secretion. 

Step 2: Apply Foundation & Concealer 

Next, apply your cream or liquid foundation to your whole face and neck. Choose the foundation shade which is near your skin tone. Then, apply concealer which is a lighter shade than your skin tone. After applying these, take a damp beauty sponge and blend all products very well. 

Step 3: Contour & Blush

Contour your cheekbones and apply blush on your apple of cheeks like usual makeup. You can use cream-based or powder-based blush and contour as you want. Then, highlight your t-zone and upper lips for a glowing look. 

Later, you can complete your eye makeup as usual and apply lipstick to complete your look. 

Step 4: Setting Spray

Purchase a setting spray that is suitable for your skin type. There are oily, dry, sensitive or combination skin, so buy one which is suitable for you.

However, hold the spray bottle at least one 1foot away from your face. Then, spritz the spray 2-3 times on your face, so your face is covered with the spray. While spraying, close your mouth and eyes. 

Don’t touch your face until the spray dries out from your face. You can use a damp beauty sponge to dab on your face to press the product into your face and set everything.

The spray will clog the pores which would sweat and make your face oily. So, it’ll work as a powder too and your face won’t look cakey.

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How to Use Setting Powder After Foundation?

Setting Powder After Foundation

If you want to know “how to apply pressed powder”, then this point will help you to understand. By this method, your makeup won’t look cakey as well as you will get a matte and smooth finishing. Let’s see how to apply pressed powder foundation-

Repeat the step 1& 2 from the setting spray method. I’ll continue from step 3 here –

Step 3: Brush Setting Powder

Brush the makeup brush on your pressed powder back and forth, so it has enough product on the brush. Tap the brush at the edge of the palate to shake off any excess powder. By this, you won’t have the excess product on your face.

Step 4: Apply on Your Skin

Now, take the brush and roll it on your skin in a circular motion to spread the product. Don’t be harsh and gently swipe the brush all over your face and neck. Brush all over your face to get a matte and natural finishing look. 

Check if you need extra coverage in any area and cover those areas with the same rolling motion. 

Step 5: Use a Damp Beauty Sponge

Take a damp beauty blender and dab into the pressed powder. Then, dab the wet sponge on your face to give a high coverage finish. You have to use this step only after you used the pressed powder with a brush. Otherwise, it’ll look cakey which you won’t like. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is translucent powder used for? 

Ans: Instead of pressed powder or setting spray, you can use translucent powder or baby powder to set your makeup. Not only that, you can plump your eyelashes with the translucent powder. Plus, it can secure your smudged or runny eyeliner with a simple brush or swipe.

Q: How to put on powder foundation?

Ans: Powder foundation is also famous like cream or liquid foundation. Powder foundation is easy to apply. After you prepare your face with moisturizer and primer, take a brush with powder foundation and apply it on the whole face and neck to cover the blemishes. 

Q: HD powder how to use?

Ans: HD powder is also called pressed powder or tinted powder. The application of this powder is also like pressed powder or translucent powder. After completing your foundation and concealer, brush the powder over your face in a circular motion.

Final Verdict 

Not only makeup can make you look beautiful. Your natural skin is your main beauty, so take care of your face and body. Therefore, choose makeup products very carefully if it’s suitable for your skin type. This article was all about “how to set makeup without powder?” I have explained the whole topic step by step. Just follow the process to perform it properly.

I hope this article helped you with your questions. Thank you for reading until now!

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