Post + Photography by Amy Nadine, Graphic Design by Eunice Chun

This two-product wonder is critical if you want your makeup to last when the temperature rises. If you’ve surrendered to the idea that your foundation can only last a couple of hours this summer, I promise you, you’re mistaken! You just need the right primer before you apply it then you have to lock it in with a setting spray. Here’s how: 


  • Long-lasting Primer — there are many primers available today, some are hydrating, others are radiating… so it’s a little overwhelming. In this case, you want to look for one that is long lasting. I love Benefit Stay Flawless 15-Hour Primer because it actually lasts for all day (believe me, it has saved me on never-ending commercial shoots when I thought I’d have to redo the makeup halfway through only to be happily surprised that it looked like I just applied it).
  • Setting Spray — you can set your makeup with all kinds of water sprays; Evian Vaporizing Mist, Floral Waters, etc and all will do the job. But if you live in a really humid area and know you’re going to “glow” a little more that day (ok, perspire profusely!), try Skindinavia No More Shine Makeup Finish. I swear by it because it prevents makeup from smearing or creasing and really controls shine.


  1. On bare skin (or moisturized if your skin is really dry), apply the primer by sweeping it all over your face directly from the stick.
  2. Now you can apply your foundation (pick one with full spectrum sunscreen) with a foundation brush, fingers or a sponge. Powder your t-zone if necessary.
  3. After you’ve applied the rest of your makeup (but before mascara), finish by holding the setting spray bottle 10-12 inches from your face and spritz five times (one for each area: forehead, right cheek, left cheek, nose and chin).