If you’re new to the world of makeup, let me introduce you to a magical product we call setting spray. Wondering what in the hell is this thing that looks like water, feels like water but costs a tiny fortune? Let’s jump right in, shall we? By the end of this article, we promise you that you will know the best makeup setting spray for you and possibly already have ordered yourself one.
To put it in the simplest way possible, it’s a spray that locks in your makeup, keeps it from slipping and sliding and makes your carefully applied look last longer. It’s a water-like mist that you spritz onto your skin. You can use it before, during and after the application of makeup. More on that later. Depending on your preference, there are a few varieties of makeup setting sprays you can choose from. Hydrating, mattifying, dewy, illuminating, oil-controlling and refreshing.
A makeup setting spray is that secret weapon in every makeup junkies kit that acts as a magic wand. It does everything, and believe me when I say - everything. It is quite a handy tool in your kit. You can use it to prep, set and prolong the wear of your makeup.
If you use a lot of powder products, a setting mist will help melt all of those products into one another and avoid giving your face an otherwise cakey appearance. If you use a lot of cream products, using a hydrating setting spray before you blend them out helps your makeup blend better. If you have oily skin, an oil controlling or a mattifying setting spray will ensure that your makeup stays in place all day. If you have dry, flaky skin, a hydrating mist makes sure your makeup stays in place all day and avoids your makeup from clinging on to any dry patches.
All in all, it essentially serves the same purpose as hairspray does to keep your hairstyle in place. And please, do not attempt to use hairspray to set your makeup in place. It’s not a good idea for your skin.
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If you have oily skin and don’t like using a moisturiser before you prep your skin, simply spray some setting mist and apply your foundation. It will refresh your skin and lightly moisturise it.
If you’re using a lot of cream products, spritz some setting mist on your beauty blender or on your face. This makes blending all those cream products a lot easier.
Went overboard with baking and bronzing? No problem. Generously douse your skin in setting mist and allow it to work its magic. It will melt all of the powder products and take away the cakiness from your skin.
Did you know that a makeup setting spray could actually prolong the wear of your makeup? If your makeup tends to get too greasy or fades off your face by the end of the day - douse your skin in makeup setting mist once you’re done applying makeup. Give this technique a shot and you’ll be pleasantly surprised.
Applied too much powder? Or maybe too much blush… spritz on some setting spray and use a damp beauty blender to push the products into your skin. Not only will this take away any cakiness, but it’s also going to make that blush look seamlessly blended and make your skin look airbrushed.
Have a highlighter that’s not pigmented enough? Dip your brush into your highlighter and then lightly spritz the brush with setting spray. Now apply this to your skin and see how pigmented it is.
You can use this same highlighter trick with eyeshadows too. Whether it’s a matte shadow or a shimmer shadow that’s disappointing you, a little setting spray will make it all better.
Now that we’ve cleared out exactly why you NEED a setting spray in your life, it’s been established that it’s the only makeup product that can take your makeup from 0-100 in just a few spritzes. So what are you waiting for? Grab the best makeup setting spray now.
If you have oily skin, invest in a good mattifying setting mist. It will lock all of your makeup in place while ensuring that your skin is shine-free and stays that way all day. Here are some best makeup setting spray for oily skin to help your makeup last all day long.
If you’re looking for a cruelty-free makeup setting spray, this one from Wet n’ Wild will fit your requirements quite well. It’s going to keep your makeup in place all day while giving your skin a gorgeous matte finish. The packaging is quite travel-friendly too.
Pros: Cruelty-free, paraben free, vegan and very affordable.
Cons: Quantity might seem less for someone who uses a setting spray regularly.
NYX has some pretty good makeup in general and if you’re a fan of the brand, we would recommend you try this matte finish setting spray.
Pros: Lightweight and keeps your skin looking matte and fresh all day.
Cons: It’s only 60ml so if you use makeup every day, you might finish the bottle quite quickly.
L.A Girl is a brand that makes great makeup especially for use under 4K and HD cameras. If you’re a blogger, influencer or simply a queen of selfies - an HD finish makeup setting spray will help smoothen out your skin for any kind of photography.
Pros: Cruelty-free, vegan.
Cons: Slightly expensive.
If you ask any makeup artist what’s the staple makeup setting spray in their kit, it would be the M.A.C Prep + Prime. While the original version of this setting spray isn’t matte finish, this new launch has quickly made it to everyone’s favourites list and is one of the best makeup setting spray for oily skin. If you’re a makeup artist or a makeup enthusiast, definitely invest in this.
Pros: Matte-finish, contains silica and other absorbent powders in the formula.
Cons: Might be too drying for someone with normal skin.
Love to look like a dewy dumpling? We’ve found you some really amazing dewy finish setting sprays that will leave your skin looking like a perfectly glazed doughnut!
Generously give your skin a mist with this setting spray to give your skin that healthy radiant glow. It’s a lightweight mist so it won’t make your skin feel sticky or greasy.
Pros: Travel-friendly, affordable and lightweight.
Cons: Quantity is a little less for the price.
If you’ve been keeping up with skincare trends lately you’d know that hyaluronic acid is the buzzing ingredient. It plumps up your skin, helps retain moisture through the day and refines skin texture. It sets your makeup while boosting your skin’s natural hydration to give you a healthy glow. It is the best makeup setting spray for dry skin that locks the moisture and makes skin dewy.
Pros: It’s good for your skin, especially if you have dry, dehydrated skin.
Cons: Not recommended for people with oily skin.
If you’re looking for a vitamin-infused setting mist, this one is infused with skin-friendly ingredients like aloe and green tea to soothe your skin while making it look naturally luminous.
Pros: Alcohol-free, infused with vitamins and minerals
If you have dry skin, a hydrating setting spray will really help make your skin look healthy under makeup. You can use the hydrating setting sprays before AND after you finish your makeup. After applying moisturiser, spritz on a little setting spray and allow it to dry and then begin your makeup. Your makeup will look and blend a lot better and your skin won’t have any dry patches. Here are some of the best makeup setting sprays for dry skin.
If you’re looking for a luxurious, multi-use and best makeup setting spray for dry skin then you should definitely invest in this one. It can be used before, during and after the application of makeup to set your skin and give you that gorgeous dewy glow.
Pros: Can be used in multiple ways. Paraben-free, sulfate-free, mineral oil-free and vegan.
If you love Korean skincare products, Laneige has some wonderful skincare that you should try. And if you prefer using products that have skin soothing properties versus a makeup setting mist, this is definitely something you should get. Use it before or after makeup and it’s going to plump up your skin just as well.
Pros: It’s paraben-free and infused with skincare benefits. The green tea mineral water in this will soothe, hydrate and refresh your skin.
Cons: Not suitable for oily skin types.
If you’re looking for an ultra-fine makeup mist that gently envelopes your skin, this setting spray is ideal. It comes in a deodorant bottle like packaging and the spray on it emits the finest mist. It leaves your skin with a gorgeous luminous glow. It has ingredients like jeju green tea that plump up your skin and keep it hydrated all day long.
Pros: Ultra-fine mist, makes it easy if you want to use it on precise areas like your cheekbones etc. Perfect for someone with dry, dehydrated skin to use as a refreshing mist during the day too.
Cons: Not suitable for oily skin types.
If you prefer an all-over glow and don’t mind a makeup setting spray with a little shimmer, you should invest in an illuminating product. It has tiny shimmer particles infused into the formula that just make your skin glow when the light hits it.
Iconic London is a brand most well-known for its illuminator drops that took over Instagram a few years ago. The brand now sells a setting-mist with the same infused shimmer. Not only is it a treat for the eyes but it’s going to make your skin look absolutely gorgeous and luminous. Use it on your face or even on your body for that supermodel-like glow.
Pros: Vegan and contains skin-soothing ingredients green tea and Vitamin-E, cucumber and chamomile. It’s a perfect travel-sized bottle that you can toss into your bag.
Cons: It has finely-milled shimmer in the formula so if you’re not a fan of shimmer - you might not like this.
If you don’t mind spending the extra money on a luxurious product enriched with 24k gold flakes then get this. It’s going to leave your skin with a gorgeous glow. The formula is infused with rosehip seed oil and glycerin to hydrate and plump up your skin.
Pros: Skin-friendly ingredients and can be used to multi-task. You can prep the skin and set your makeup too.
Cons: Expensive, not easily available in India.
Just want a setting spray to refresh your skin from time to time? These multi-tasking beauties will do everything from prep-refresh-set your makeup.
This makeup setting mist is ideal for all skin types, it’s going to lightly refresh your makeup without making your skin oily or dewy. You can use it before applying your makeup or in the middle of the day as a quick pick me up.
Pros: The travel size is perfect to toss into your bag and take with you on the go.
This makeup setting mist is every makeup lovers must-have beauty product. It’s going to help prep and set your makeup. If you apply a little too much powder, a quick spritz of this will help melt the powder into your skin and give you a flawless finish.
Pros: Cult-favourite, pleasant rose fragrance.
You use a makeup setting spray after you finish applying all of your makeup. Hold the bottle 6 inches away from your face and in the shape of an 'X' spritz it all over your skin. Allow it to dry naturally before you step out.
Hydrating, refreshing and dewy finish setting sprays can be used before, during or after applying your makeup.
A hydrating one or a dewy finish setting spray is perfect for normal-dry skin. If you don’t need the extra hydration, pick a refreshing setting spray.
A mattifying setting spray that will absorb excess oil and keep your skin shine-free.
If you choose a dewy finish spray or a hydrating spray, there are slight chances your skin might get oily after a few hours. You can just lightly powder your skin or dab off the excess oil using a tissue paper during the day if you feel like your skin looks too greasy.
However, if setting your makeup with a setting spray is too tedious for you, you can always keep the oil at bay with some compact powder. It's easy to carry around and can be used to lightly touch up your skin when you want to rock your look throughout the day.