A Day Without Priming or Setting My Makeup

Hi lovelies,

So lately I’ve been thinking about how a lot of us do use quite a few products to create a look, even on ‘no makeup’ makeup days. Are these products necessary or have we simply bought into marketing? Do we really need to prime our eyes and faces and then set everything with additional products? Today I’m sharing my experience of an entire day with full makeup, but no primer or setting powder or setting spray was used! (The photo below shows my regular arsenal)

The day was November 1st, the day after Halloween, so naturally I was hungover. I had stayed over at a friends house and brought all the makeup I needed except anything to prime or set my makeup. I had to go to work and thought potentially crappy makeup was probably better than no makeup so I did a full face (BB creme, concealer, powder foundation, eyeshadow, eyeliner, mascara, brows, contour).


Under eye creasing was real and immediate


My eyeshadow had started creasing.


My under eye concealer was starting to come off from me trying to separate the creasing, and eyelids were looking worse


-My under eye concealer was practically gone from trying to de-crease

-My eyelids resembled how they looked in high school when I hadn’t discovered primer

-My contour was seriously faded which was super disappointing

-The overall coverage of my foundation was okay but overall diminished.


Do we need eyeshadow primer?

Yes. No matter how high end the product, anatomy is the reason you will get creasing!

Do we need face primer?

Not always. I do find my makeup has a nice base with primer, but a heavy moisturizer can also act as a primer because it gives your skin an emollient base.

Do we need setting powder?

For under eyes 100% yes!! But for the rest of the face I’d say it really depends on your skin type and if you also use a setting spray. I only use setting powder when I use liquid foundation.

Do we need setting spray?

We don’t need it. But I do find setting spray works and prolongs your makeup. I always use it if I know I have a full day ahead of me and want my makeup to last! It’s amazing to see my makeup looking great sometimes 14 hours later.
Let me know your thoughts on setting and priming πŸ™‚

xo J



  1. November 6, 2015 / 8:43 pm

    I love this post. Very insightful.

  2. November 6, 2015 / 9:17 pm

    So interesting! Thanks so much for posting this

    • November 6, 2015 / 9:20 pm

      Thanks for stopping by πŸ™‚

  3. November 6, 2015 / 9:18 pm

    Great post! I always use eye primer under eyeshadows, cannot imagine eye makeup without it. I also set my makeup with powder always since I have oily/combination skin. I never use face primers or setting spray though..Face primers break me out with no exception and my makeup seems to last long enough without a setting spray either.

    • November 6, 2015 / 9:19 pm

      Thanks for reading! Yea, it isn’t all necessary but some definitely is! xo J

  4. November 6, 2015 / 9:51 pm

    Thanks for this post! For a newbie, I found this super insightful! I’ve been wondering if it’s really necessary to use all those things. You answered my thoughts.

    • November 7, 2015 / 9:06 am

      Glad to be able to help! Products can be so overwhelming..

  5. November 7, 2015 / 1:58 am

    Great post! I’m a primer fanatic so this was very useful info!

  6. November 7, 2015 / 10:20 am

    I love this blog and this post! Very good πŸ™‚ πŸ˜€

    From Anna x

    P.s I was wondering if you have time please come and check out my blog as I love to hear feedback x

    • November 7, 2015 / 7:14 pm

      Thanks a lot love! πŸ™‚

  7. November 9, 2015 / 5:26 pm

    Haha testing out on a day you are hungover? That must have been brutal! Good job! I wonder about this myself sometimes but I think we get so used to just piling on all the shit that we forget some of it is totally worth it! Great job πŸ™‚ Glad you had fun at the party. I think Halloween parties are the one thing I miss the most about pre-married/pre-baby life.

    • November 9, 2015 / 9:52 pm

      Thanks Kaily!! Glad you always enjoy my posts πŸ™‚ yea I haven’t done anything for Halloween in a few years so it was super fun! xo

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