We put 12 makeup setting sprays through a 'full day' test, here's what happened... (2022)

You've probs seen them in the aisles of Boots and at the end of your favourite TikTokers' makeup tutorials, but what's the deal with makeup setting sprays? Do they actually work? We decided it was time to put an end to the makeup myths and put 12 face fixing mists to the test...

What is a makeup setting spray?

Setting sprays are the glue that hold our makeup together. They might seem like a gimmick, but ask any beauty buff to list off their top five prods and we'd bet a tenner Urban Decay's setting spray makes the cut. So what's the deal, why are they so special and do they really work?

We get that they sound slightly too good to be true, like, how can this liquid possibly possess the magical powers to keep your base on till the early hours of the morn? Like with skincare: the secret is in the ingredients. Most setting sprays contain alcohol, which, while effective at keeping everything in place, can be drying and even irritating for more sensitive skin types. If your complexion is easily irritated opt for a water based formula, like Laura Geller's Spackle Mist.

Are there setting sprays for different skin types?

You'll be pleased to know you can choose a spray specifically catering to your complexions needs. For example, Cover FX's Mattifying Setting Spray is great for oilier skin types, while the Illuminating Setting Spray is (hint in the name) for those wanting to boost their glow. There are also soothing sprays infused with hydrating and calming ingredients, like MAC's Prep + Prime.

The setting spray that does the most: Urban Decay's face preserving formula All Nighter, has been handed the top spot for its incredible staying power skillz. One spritz and you're set for a full 16-hours come rain or shine. Plus, you don't need a lot to save face.

How should you use it to get the best results?

Make up artists recommend spraying over your skin post makeup application. If you're looking for a super sturdy base, say for a big night or even a wedding, a pump between each makeup step is the key to really locking it in. Simples.

So, which one is worth your hard earned cash? We've reviewed 12 over an 8 hour workday - and as we all know the proof lies in the before and after pics - so we each took a snap of our faces first thing in the morning AND at the end of the day - so you can see which makeup setters really performed (and which ones didn't)...

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Best Makeup Setting Spray: e.l.f.

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They say: "This fine clear setting spray helps makeup stay put, and helps control shine for beautiful-looking skin. Infused with Vitamin B, E, Arctium Majus Root to help hydrate, soothe. The lightweight, comfortable formula helps improve makeup wearability, and prevent colour from running or fading."

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Best Makeup Setting Spray: e.l.f.

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e.l.f. Matte Magic Mist & Set

SCORE: 9.5/10

Victoria says: "I genuinely cannot believe this only costs £6. Yep... SIX. English. Pounds - that is it. I think the before and after pictures speak for themselves (yes, my lip balm is long gone - but that was always going to happen). Most days I end up going home from work a few shades lighter than when I arrived - my face has a tendency to devour my bronzer, but this little mist actually kept my foundation and bronzer in place ALL day. I knocked off half a point because at just 80ml the spray is one of the smallest, but to be fair, it's also one of the cheapest."

Price: £6

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Best Makeup Setting Spray: Clarins

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They say: "A refreshing mist that sets make-up and prolongs its hold, while providing a feeling of instant freshness and well-being. Also provides continuous hydration and comfort."

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Best Makeup Setting Spray: Clarins

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Clarins Fix' Make-Up

SCORE: 7.5/10

Laura Says: "Considering the price, this isn't the most generously sized bottles I've ever seen. That said, it'd be good for sticking in your handbag or taking in your hand luggage. It's nice to use, feels lovely and refreshing on the skin and it's really lightweight. I do think it made my makeup last longer than without it, but I did have to touch up my foundation a little sooner than I'd have liked."

Price: £24

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Laura Geller Spackle Mist with Coconut Water

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They say: "Prime, hydrate, and set your make-up with just one spray. This multi-tasking mist instantly absorbs into skin to create a perfect canvas for extended make-up wear and can also be used over make-up for a flawless finish. Soothing Aloe Vera Extract and Vitamin B5 help keep skin hydrated, while refreshing Cucumber Extract helps to reduce puffiness. Silicone and oil-free."

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Best makeup setting spray: Laura Geller

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Laura Geller Spackle Mist

SCORE: 6/10

Victoria says: "I found this mist left my face quite damp and it took around a minute or so to dry completely. I enjoyed the way it made my makeup look after I applied it though - very glowy.

Although my bronzer faded substantially (plus I ditched the bold lip after lunch), the majority of my face survived a whole working day. Going forward I'd use it more as a makeup refresher spray, as opposed to a 'setting' spray though."

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Fix Oil Control Makeup Fixing Spray

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They say: "Makeup Revolution's Pro Fix Oil Control Makeup Fixing Spray is a lightweight setting spray that helps deflect surface shine for a natural matte finish. High tech ingredients keep foundation and eye makeup in place, with no smudging and no fading. Get that 'just-applied' look for up to 12 hours."

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Best makeup setting spray: makeup revolution

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Makeup Revolution Pro Fix Oil Control Fixing Spray

SCORE: 8/10

Laura says: "I'm not normally a fan of a matte finish, but I wanted to see if this really would keep my makeup on all day for just £5, and it did (kind of). By 5pm I definitely had shine in my usual areas, but my foundation hadn't gone patchy. If you can't afford an Urban Decay Setting Spray, this is a pretty great dupe."

Price: £4.80

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Best makeup setting spray: Cover FX (Mattifying)

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They say: "This alcohol-free setting spray provides instant mattification while giving your makeup serious staying power. The ultra-fine mist application delivers a weightless, long wearing matte finish while absorbing surface shine and minimising the appearance of pores."

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Best makeup setting spray: Cover FX (Mattifying)

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Cover FX Mattifying Setting Spray

SCORE: 8/10

Victoria says: "Come 2pm my t-zone is usually shine-central, my nose and forehead tend to get dewy and that makes my pores look super obvious. I had high hopes for this mattifying makeup setting spray, but whilst it kept my foundation and bronzer in tact all day, my forehead still got preeeetty shiny."

Price: £23

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Best Makeup Setting Spray: Cover FX (Illuminating)

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They say: "This alcohol-free setting spray provides instant illumination while giving your makeup serious staying power. The ultra-fine mist application delivers an even, luminous finish making this a perfect all-over highlighter for both face and body– and the more you mist, the more intense you glow."

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Best makeup setting spray: Cover FX (Iluminating)

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Cover FX Illuminating Setting Spray

SCORE: 7.5/10

Laura says: "Whilst Vic is all about staying matte, I'm constantly on the hunt for products that'll make my skin glow. With that in mind I decided to test out the illuminating version of Cover FX's Setting Spray... As you can see from the before and after pics, my makeup didn't stay perfect all day, I noticed the shimmer around my eyes faded after a couple of hours - as did my mascara - weird, huh? But one thing I will say, this gave my skin a healthy, fresh glow. I'm keeping it on hand for when my complexion looks a bit meh, and needs perking up."

Price: £23

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NYX Matte Finish Setting Spray

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They say: "For that fresh make up look that lasts NYX Professional Makeup Makeup Setting Sprays are lightweight and comfortable while working hard to make sure your makeup stays put."

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Best makeup setting spray: NYX

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NYX Matte Finish Setting Spray

SCORE: 6.5/10

Victoria says: "Compared to other makeup setting sprays, I wouldn't say this is the best I've ever used. Don't get me wrong, it feels really nice and light on my face and it did mattify my makeup (a look I love), but I don't think it made my makeup last any longer than if I hadn't have used it. As you can see from the pictures, my bronzer all but disappeared by 5:30pm. I'd definitely use this in future to get rid of any shine or dewiness though."

Price: £7

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Best makeup setting spray: Rimmel

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They say: "This 2 in 1 makeup primer & setting spray that can be applied underneath or over the top of your makeup."

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Best makeup setting spray: Rimmel

Rimmel Insta Fix & Go Setting Spray

SCORE: 7/10

Victoria says: "Whilst my base makeup faded throughout the day, I was impressed that this setting spray appeared to keep my eye makeup in tact. The bottle's directions say to use it as both a 'priming and setting mist', so that's exactly what I did. Whilst it felt a little bit OTT using a 'primer mist', I can't deny that it gave my skin a well-hydrated dewiness, and it ensured my makeup applied seamlessly. All in all, I'd probably use this more as a mid-day face freshener, rather than a makeup setting spray."

Price: £6.99

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Best makeup setting spray: MAC Cosmetics

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They say: "A lightweight mist of water packed with vitamins and minerals, infused with a blend of green tea, chamomile and cucumber to gently soothe and refresh the skin. Gives an instant boost of hydration while delivering a soft sheen to refresh and finish makeup."

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Best makeup setting spray: MAC Cosmetics

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MAC Prep + Prime Fix +

SCORE: 6/10

Laura says: "An oldie but a goodie - yes, MAC's Fix+ isn't going to lock down your face for thaaat long, but what it does do is work with the cosmetics on your face to mesh the formulas together and leave everything looking natural and beautifully blended."

Price: £22

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Best makeup setting spray: Urban Decay

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They say: "Is a makeup meltdown ruining your midnight mojo? Mist on this weightless spray to give your makeup serious staying power. All Nighter Setting Spray keeps makeup looking gorgeous for up to 16 hours — without melting, fading or settling into fine lines."

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Best makeup setting spray: Urban Decay

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Urban Decay All Nighter Long Lasting Setting Spray

SCORE: 10/10

Victoria says: "I can't even begin to explain how much this single product has changed my life, honestly it's beyond amazing. A super lightweight spray that actually keeps makeup in place all day and all night. I doubt any amount of words could do it justice, but it's definitely worth the pretty hefty price tag (plus one bottle will last a good six months)."

Price: £26

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Best makeup setting spray: Kiko

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They say: "Formulated with cosmetic alcohol that evaporates instantaneously, allows for extreme fixing of your make up, without changing it. Imperceptible and non-sticky, Make Up Fixer is mild on the face thanks to the special Chamomile extract formula."

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Best makeup setting spray: Kiko

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KIKO Milano Face Make Up Fixer

SCORE: 9/10

Victoria says: "Yes, I know I look a tad paler by 5:30pm - this experiment has taught me that my bronzer is always the first thing to buckle, but I was impressed by how great this makeup setting mist kept my foundation looking. When it comes to bases I always opt for a lightweight coverage, and that usually means the formula isn't particularly long-wearing, not today though, my foundation stayed put long past 5:30pm, in fact it stuck around till bedtime."

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Best makeup setting spray: L.A. Girl

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They say: "L.A. Girl PRO.setting HD High Definition Matte Finish Setting Spray is an incredible setting spray that maintains that matte finish you achieve with freshly applied makeup."

"With the ability to ensure that the makeup stays intact for even longer, this ultra-fine mist coats the skin in non-sticky hydration, whilst ensuring that the effect that has been created with makeup is not lost throughout the day."

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Best makeup setting spray: L.A. Girl

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L.A. Girl PRO High Definition Matte Finish Setting Spray

SCORE: 7.5/10

Victoria says: "Yes it's fairly cheap, but with just 30ml in the bottle you don't get much product for your money. That being said, it's teeny enough to chuck in your handbag, so if it's a super-hot humid day and you want to freshen up your face, the compact size comes in quite handy. I like how the spray gives off more of a light mist than a heavy spritz, so there are no blotchy water marks left on the face. My bronzer faded a little, but my foundation and blush seems to stay in tact."

Price: £6

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FAQs

Can we use makeup setting spray daily? ›

Once you've cultivated your look, setting spray can be applied to hold it in place and protect it from smearing and smudging. Also known as fixing spray, setting spray can be found in mist or spray form, and will keep your makeup looking on point all day long, just like your trusty daily makeup essentials kit.

Does setting spray give you a glow? ›

While many dew-faking products can feel greasy or look disco-y thanks to a generous helping of wildly unflattering glitter pigments, a glow-boosting setting spray gives you a natural, post-run glow that mimics the look of a touch of sweat, without looking greasy or moving your makeup around like mudslide.

Is setting spray a myth? ›

Does Setting Spray Really Work? According to Gloria Elias-Foeillet, setting sprays really, truly work. "Setting sprays absolutely make a difference in the wear of your makeup," she says. "They prolong the life of your makeup application." That's why she swears by them when working with performers in particular.

Does setting spray make your makeup look better? ›

A popular complement to setting powder and other translucent powders, just a few spritzes of setting spray on your finished makeup look absorbs excess oil, adds a matte finish or dewy glow, and stops your makeup from smudging and creasing.

How much setting spray should you use? ›

Hold the bottle six to eight inches away from your face. You want to give your entire face an even misting, so don't spray it closely. Spray the product a few times, making sure you get full, even coverage. Setting spray works best on the top layer of makeup, such as bronzer, eye shadow, and blush.

How long does setting spray last? ›

Setting Spray/Face Mists – Most setting sprays and face mists will last for about 12 months, sometimes a little longer.

Which is better setting spray or powder? ›

While setting powder is used to absorb oil all over or just in key areas (with a more matte finish), a setting spray, according to Blair, "gives a softer effect with less visible texture." Setting spray is used to keep your whole face of makeup in place—that includes setting powder, mascara, even lipstick.

Can I use setting spray as primer? ›

Trying Setting Spray as Primer for Oily Skin (All-Day Wear Test) - YouTube

Does setting spray actually do anything? ›

We know it's never easy to keep your makeup looking fresh through the end of the day, but makeup setting sprays can help keep the need for midday touch-ups to a minimum. The whole purpose of using a makeup finishing spray is to help prevent your makeup from sliding, smudging, creasing, or fading quickly.

How long does setting spray take to dry? ›

Apply generous spritzes of setting spray all over your face. Let sit for 10-15 seconds until it's still damp and tacky. If also using a makeup primer, dab it on lightly now. Begin applying foundation using a makeup sponge or brush.

Can I use water as setting spray? ›

"If you've over-powdered your face and it's lot its luster, just spritz on a bit of water. You can fill your own spray bottle or use one like the Evian Mist. It immediately returns the makeup to a healthy glow! You can also use a hydrating setting product like the one by ColoreSciences.

What is the best setting spray for mature skin? ›

Best setting spray for mature skin

The Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Setting Spray is a long-lasting spray that uses a cocktail of ingredients to maintain your skin's elasticity and natural moisture.

Is finishing spray the same as setting spray? ›

There is a difference between what finishing sprays and setting sprays do for your makeup and skin. Finishing sprays help your makeup look more like actual skin because it's not just resting on top of your face. On the other hand, setting sprays help your makeup to last all day through sweat, rain, and other elements.

When should I apply setting spray? ›

Just as primer should be your first step in any makeup routine, setting spray should always be your last step. This is the step that locks in your look, making it so that you don't have to reapply any of your products throughout the day.

Can I mix setting spray with foundation? ›

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Does setting spray prevent transfer? ›

Some organic makeup setting spray mists and shields are excellent for both: prepping your skin and finishing the whole look – they will leave your skin glowy and stop makeup from transferring.

Can I use setting spray without makeup? ›

If you choose to not wear any makeup, you can still use a setting spray to add an extra layer of hydration, especially if you have dry skin. That said, setting sprays should not be used every day as most of them contain alcohol. Use them sparingly if you aren't wearing any makeup and go for alcohol-free formulas.

Can I use 10 year old eyeshadow? ›

Generally, experts agree that using eyeshadow that is slightly past its expiration date shouldn't case you too many issues. However, it isn't recommended, and you shouldn't use eyeshadow that you know is well past its expriation date.

Are primers necessary? ›

WHAT IS A PRIMER? Primer is often referred to as a base for Foundation or a Foundation primer. They are most commonly used to achieve a controlled matte finish. It isn't necessary to use a Primer before foundation, yet there are many benefits to adding this product into your makeup bag.

Does concealer go on before or after foundation? ›

Applying foundation first creates an even base to reduce overall redness, discoloration and minor blemishes. If you apply your concealer first, you may end up wiping some off when you apply foundation or using a lot more product than necessary, which can create a heavy, cakey look.

When putting on makeup what goes on first? ›

First, primer goes on. Next, concealer is applied in order to cover flaws and discolorations. Then comes foundation, followed by loose powder in order to keep your makeup in place.

What's the difference between translucent and setting powder? ›

"It is often translucent and is used to blur pores, soften texture, and even give an overall glow to the skin." Basically, finishing powder is for looks, whereas setting powder helps you get more hours out of your concealer, foundation, and other face makeup.

What can I use instead of setting spray? ›

To make a setting spray with aloe vera gel, just combine 2 tablespoons of aloe vera gel with 2-3 drops of lavender oil and 1 ½ cups of water in a sterilized spray bottle, and shake the ingredients to combine.

Which brand has the best setting spray? ›

The Winners
  • Best Dewy Finish: Tatcha Luminous Dewy Skin Mist.
  • Best for All Day Wear: Anastasia Beverly Hills Dewy Set Setting Spray.
  • Best Long-Lasting: LAWLESS Glam Guard Long-Wear Setting Spray.
  • Best With SPF: Milani Make It Last Setting Spray Prime + Correct + Set.
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What makes setting spray work? ›

Polymers are long molecules like plastics which are great at forming films that don't budge. When the setting spray is sprayed onto your skin, the solvent evaporates, leaving behind the polymer. The polymer droplets merge together to form a film that holds your make-up in place and provides some waterproofing power.

Does setting spray work when you sweat? ›

Using a setting powder will help absorb any excess oil and sweat, so it's a great first layer. Aside from setting powder, a setting spray will add another barrier between your makeup and the outside world. Look for a setting spray that doesn't have any alcohol on the ingredients list.

Is primer more important than setting spray? ›

Both primer and makeup setting spray help your makeup to stay longer, but only a primer will help you to smooth out your skin and fill your fine lines.

Does setting spray cause acne? ›

Setting (and priming) sprays are ambiguously classified in the not-skincare but not quite makeup arena, but these makeup-extending products are often an under-looked culprit causing breakouts, irritation, and clogging pores.

What are the steps for makeup? ›

  1. Step 1: Moisturizer. Before you begin applying your makeup, take the time to prep your skin with a high-quality moisturizer. ...
  2. Step 2: Primer. ...
  3. Step 3: Liquid Foundation. ...
  4. Step 4: Concealer. ...
  5. Step 5: Foundation Powder. ...
  6. Step 6: Bronzer. ...
  7. Step 7: Blush. ...
  8. Step 8: Highlighter.

Can you use setting spray twice? ›

Use a Setting Spray Twice

“For longest wear, I apply [setting spray] spray before and after foundation, then before and after powder,” says makeup artist Andrew Sotomayor, who likes Urban Decay Chill Cooling and Hydrating Setting Spray. “Cold air causes skin to dry out.

Can I use hairspray instead of setting spray? ›

“Hairspray has a ton of chemicals and toxins that are not safe to use on skin,” says Gene. He explains that applying hairspray on your face can cause rashes, irritation or clogged pores. Instead, Gene recommends reaching for a setting spray and a makeup primer to achieve long-lasting makeup.

Is Rosewater setting spray? ›

This can be used as a setting spray or on it's own. This rosewater spray is extremely refreshing! With easy to obtain ingredients and simple steps to make, you really can't go wrong. Give it a shot, your skin will thank you for it.

What is best foundation for older skin? ›

Best Overall: Charlotte Tilbury Beautiful Skin Foundation

Its texture feels like a lightweight lotion, with hyaluronic acid added for a moisture-packed formula—making it ideal for all skin concerns and all ages.

Are setting sprays worth it? ›

Yes! Like we mentioned earlier, setting sprays are quick and easy to apply, keep oily skin at bay, and help keep makeup in place all day long. From their lightweight formulas to increasing the lifespan of your makeup, it's no secret the benefits of makeup setting sprays make them worth it.

What does dewy Setting Spray do? ›

What Does A Dewy Setting Spray Do? Dewy setting sprays are a must-have makeup product. Not only do they seal makeup, but they also give a glowy finish that looks natural and soft, especially on dry and dull skin types. Some formulas also hydrate skin, as they have a base full of moisture or water.

Should you always use setting spray? ›

Unless you like constantly touching up your makeup, a setting spray is a hundred percent necessary if you have oily skin and love to wear a full face beat. Spritz on this lightweight formula as the final step in your routine, and it dries into a soft, matte finish that'll keep your greasy T-zone at bay.

Can I use setting spray without makeup? ›

If you choose to not wear any makeup, you can still use a setting spray to add an extra layer of hydration, especially if you have dry skin. That said, setting sprays should not be used every day as most of them contain alcohol. Use them sparingly if you aren't wearing any makeup and go for alcohol-free formulas.

Why setting spray is important? ›

The role of a setting spray is to hold all your makeup products, right from the foundation to the blush and highlighter. Just like a hairspray holds your hairdo for long, a makeup spray keeps all your makeup in place for a long period of time. It prevents the makeup from smudging or creasing.

Is setting spray good for oily skin? ›

Considered the holy grail of skincare and makeup, setting sprays made for oily are all you need for the perfect base. The best setting sprays for oily skin are made with high-quality ingredients that lock in your makeup while leaving a matte finish, so you don't end up with that dreaded glossy finish.

This easy DIY makeup setting spray will keep your face looking fresh while nourishing your skin at the same time!. All it takes is a few ingredients you likely have around the house to make the best DIY makeup setting spray.. Plus, this homemade setting spray will actually moisturize your skin, unlike other setting sprays that will irritate it.. And like I said earlier, this DIY makeup setting spray recipe is pulling all the stops, so you don’t have to add everything in this list to your own DIY setting spray.. You can also try a DIY makeup setting spray with essential oils depending on what you want to do with your skin.. In all honesty, you could do a DIY makeup setting spray with just one or two of these ingredients, but I want to make sure that it gets the job done!. I didn’t just want to make this post without giving this DIY makeup setting spray the ultimate test!. I quickly misted my DIY makeup setting spray after I finished applying my stage makeup and went about the rest of my performance.. Seriously, using water for setting spray will do absolutely nothing for your skin or your makeup’s ability to stay perfectly on your face all day long.. If this DIY makeup setting spray can make it through my recital, then it can get you through your day!

Do Makeup Finishing Fixing Setting Sprays Actually Work?. Are these just expensive water or will they keep your makeup looking good for hours?. Rather than just review one brand of product, I thought I would discuss a type of product that I receive a lot of questions about.. Are makeup finishing, fixing or setting sprays new?. What is a makeup finishing, fixing or setting spray?. The MAC spray is intended to be sprayed on both before foundation and then again after you are completely finished with all of the powdered makeup products.. Yes, they do make a difference, especially for those with oily skin.. What is in a makeup finishing, fixing or setting spray?. That depends upon the product you are using and how you are using it.. What is the best way to use a makeup finishing, fixing or setting spray?. What are some good and bad makeup finishing, fixing or setting sprays?

I've tried several variations of the stuff (from spray to powder to liquid), and while most have been seemingly satisfactory, it's also hard to gauge the effectiveness of a product whose results aren't instantaneous.. Is it even working?. I decided to put that question to the test with the OG of the setting spray realm: MAC Prime + Prep Fix ($24, nordstrom.com ).. For newbies who have never used this kind of setting spray before, a heads-up: MAC's spray goes on extremely thick.. As the class wore on, however, I could sense that less of me was coming off than normal—only a few smudges of bronzer appeared on my towel after wiping my face, as opposed to the regular complete face imprint (eyes, lips, cheeks).. Even the trainer noticed, which I hope isn't to my detriment next week if she thought I wasn't working hard enough.. Of course, I'm also someone who likes to touch her face when drinking, so I assume that bad habit played a role in my flaking mascara and smudged lips.. Although the humidity was at a similar level to the day before, the thick coat of oil I was rocking from the afternoon into the night was much more substantial—and I could already see the effects by lunch at work.. I also couldn't help but wonder what effect wearing makeup from work to workouts to going out was having on my skin, as I'm usually accustomed to washing my face prior to any sweat session .. But if you have a marathon day where you need to look fierce (and matte), this stuff will definitely have your back.. Here are four more setting sprays that we LOVE:. Make Up For Ever Mist + Fix Setting Spray ($30, sephora.com )

This guide will help you learn everything you need to know about how to use a setting spray for makeup.. Also known as fixing spray, setting spray can be found in mist or spray form, and will keep your makeup looking on point all day long, just like your trusty daily makeup essentials kit .. So many makeup “experts” will tell you that all you need is primer—although primer can help hold makeup in place, it won’t be nearly as effective as setting spray.. Typically, you can find setting products in a mist, spray, or setting powder for all skin colors .. Just like makeup, you have to find the right kind of setting spray for your skin type.. If you have dry skin type, you’ll want to stay away from setting sprays that contain alcohol, as this ingredient will only further dry out and irritate your skin.. Fortunately, there are setting sprays with moisturizing properties designed to help your skin heal while it holds makeup in place.. Just like with makeup, you should always consider climate when choosing your setting spray.. Just be sure to avoid getting the spray in your eyes and you’re on your way to learning how to use a setting spray for makeup.. Foundation sponge: Did you know that setting spray can be used to moisten your foundation sponge, even if you use sensitive skin foundation ?. Before applying your foundation, it’s suggested that you dampen it with water—using setting spray instead will better lock in your foundation .. Before applying your foundation, it’s suggested that you dampen it with water—using setting spray instead will better lock in your foundation.. Take your brush and dip it into your eyeshadow, before you apply, spray or mist your brush with a little setting spray.

Makeup setting spray or finishing spray is a mist solution you spritz all over your face before and after applying makeup.. A makeup setting spray, finishing spray, or setting mist is something that you spray all over your face after you are done with your makeup.. Some people prefer a matte makeup setting spray while others like a dewy setting spray.. Setting sprays are more of a top coat that you spray after finishing applying your makeup.. Do you use makeup setting spray before or after applying makeup?. Always use a makeup setting spray after applying makeup.. The purpose of a setting spray is to set the makeup in place for an extended period of time.. Can I use a setting spray without makeup?. If you have oily skin, you can use a setting powder instead of a setting spray.. Using a makeup setting spray before or after applying makeup keeps your makeup in place for long hours.. Makeup setting sprays come in different types and can be purchased depending on your skin type.

Read on to see the 19 makeup setting sprays we can’t wait to get our hands on so our makeup can look flawless all day.. Now, the OG lightweight makeup setting spray has inspired a complete range of formulas, including in different scents (such as Coconut, Lavender, and Rose), different finish (Fix+ Magic Radiance for a dewy glow, Fix+ Shimmer that is packed with pearlescent particles, and Fix+ Matte for a matte finish).. Check the links below for prices from all retailers.. Loved by makeup artists and makeup junkies, this is known to keep your makeup intact all day and protect it against cracking, fading and melting.. This makeup setting spray has micro-fine mist that locks makeup for up to 16 hours.. While this makeup setting spray works to keep your makeup intact, it also offers a sensorial experience, thanks to the pleasant scent it comes in.. This is a refreshing mist to moisturise your skin throughout the day but those who use it also know that it works as a gentle makeup setting spray.. The cult-favourite product is made of 100% organic grape water (yes, extracted from the fruit) and is a great makeup setting spray for those who have sensitive skin.. This is great for those who prefer a lightweight makeup setting spray that offers fresh, dewy glow all day.. This is a gentle water-based makeup setting spray that gives your skin a healthy-looking glow.. This makeup setting spray, for instance, is well-loved because of how it keeps makeup from budging, while offering a matte look that doesn’t look cakey or dull.

a finishing spray or a setting mist, is designed to be applied after you apply all your makeup products to finish and lock-in your makeup for a long-lasting flawless complexion.. Some setting sprays can also be used before you apply your makeup as a skin primer, like MAC’s Prep + Prime Fix+ Matte Mattifying Mist .. Setting spray can be a miracle worker for those who suffer from oily skin and find their makeup breaking down and vanishing by the day’s end and some setting sprays help reduce oil and shine too.. Dry skin types will benefit from makeup finishing sprays that help moisturize skin throughout the day and can be reapplied whenever you need some extra hydration.. Some setting sprays also make great makeup primers if sprayed onto your face before you apply your foundation.. Specifically, setting sprays that contain glycerin (like MAC’s Prep + Prime Fix+ ) work well to prepare the skin because the glycerin in the spray not only helps hydrate skin, but also helps makeup grip onto the skin like a hydrating makeup magnet.. A good spritz of setting spray onto freshly powdered skin is a great way to get rid of the dreaded dry, zombie-matte, powdery look and allows powders to melt into the skin for a more natural, skin-like finish.. You can also use a quick mist of setting spray to help cream products blend out easier; after misting some setting spray onto freshly applied cream blush or bronzer, use a damp makeup sponge to then blend or feather out any heavy spots for a flawless finish.. How To Apply Setting Spray: Spray the mist in an X formation across your face and then in a T formation across your face to hit all the key spots you need to set!. Applying a spritz of setting spray to your brushes before applying powdered products like eyeshadow or blush can instantly intensify the pigment and also give it a better grip on the skin to help them last longer.. Apply some setting spray onto your skin and then dust a powdered highlighter on top when your skin is still slightly damp for an insane glow you can see for miles!. Apply your foundation, then apply a layer of makeup setting spray, let the spray dry and then apply another layer of foundation on top.

We felt unequipped to answer this on our own, so we reached out to two professional celebrity makeup artists to find out if makeup setting sprays are simply hype or the real deal.. "Usually you spray it on after you have finished applying your makeup, but sometimes if I need it to be more waterproof, I spray it after each step of a makeup application (i.e. after base, eyes, blush, powder, etc)," says Elias-Foeillet.. Shop If you prefer a dewy finish to your makeup, try Pacifica's Rose Crystals Setting Spray.. Think of setting spray like hair spray.. If you're looking for a setting spray that resists sweat and humidity specifically, then check out our roundup of the best water-resistant setting sprays for locking your makeup in place.

This is what setting spray is for, to actually “set” your makeup in place.. It helps you blend the foundation and achieve an airbrushed finish.. You can use it underneath foundation, setting foundation, moistening makeup brushes, and refreshing the skin!. Another reason is that this Beauty Elixir is great for refreshing the face and retouching your makeup.. But just to let you know, this dewy setting spray is a great drugstore product that will keep skin hydrated and keep your makeup in place.. More than that, this can also help brighten uneven skin tone and skin discolorations.. So tell me, which of these makeup setting sprays will you try or have you tried already?

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