Setting sprays that actually work
Makeup brands spend years and truck loads of money trying to figure out how to make cosmetic products that last as long on your face as you want them to.
‘Budge proof’, ‘Outlast’, ‘Long-lasting’, ‘Infallible’, ‘Super stay’... sound familiar?
It's because when you put some serious work into getting your makeup just right, it's seriously annoying to have it melt off by lunchtime.
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While those aforementioned companies have made some useful innovations over the years, there's another secret weapon in the quest for makeup that’s practically invincible: makeup setting spray.
What is setting spray?
We hear you when you say you’re at tipping point with adding extra steps into your beauty regime, but this one pays off big time.
Just as hairspray is to your flyaways and topcoat is to your mani, makeup setting spray helps with longevity. It keeps your makeup from smudging, creasing or fading until you want to remove it. While it can be used every day, it's particularly useful when you're attending a special event where you won't be able to touch up, or the weather is very warm.
One trap for young players is the confusion between the number of face mists and spritzes out there. All are not one and the same.
'Finishing' or 'refreshing' facial mists are similar but are designed to deliver moisture to the skin, while setting sprays deliver a microfine mist that locks makeup in place. The former can be used to refresh makeup that’s gone a little dry and cakey or over matte foundation for a little ‘real skin’ glow, while the latter is generally used to make your masterpiece last perfectly for hours on end.
What's the best way to use it?
Makeup setting spray should be the finishing touch after you’ve applied your foundation, mascara and lipstick. Simply hold the bottle around 20-25cm away and with your eyes closed, spray your face lightly. Some people like to spray in a T or X formation, to ensure good coverage, but you don't need to drench it.
bh loves: Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray, $25, Lancome Fix It Forget It Setting Spray, $62, Maybelline Master Fix, $21.99; Too Faced Peach Mist Mattifying Setting Spray, $ 55; Glam Glow Glowsetter Makeup Setting Spray, $55; NYX Matte Finish Setting Spray. $14.95
Which setting sprays really work?
While there are plenty of awesome options now available (and we’ll get to them in a second) , there's one setting spray that really sets the standard to which we judge all others. Urban Decay’s All Nighter Setting Spray is beloved by celebrities, makeup artists, beauty bloggers and oh yes, yours truly. That’s because it really works. But did you know Urban Decay's spray (and the others now in the expanded UD line) were created in partnership with a brand called Skindinavia? So the credit must lie where it’s due. Skindinavia’s original sprays are still widely available and each also contain the brand’s patented cooling technology that lowers the temperature of the makeup on your face, helping it to last as well as maintain hydration. It also won't clog pores.
As mentioned there are plenty of other great setting sprays at every price point. We’ve even moved on from basic all-rounder setting sprays from ones that go in on your biggest bugbear. Oily skin? Choose a mattifying setting spray. Out in the sun? Go SPF. Big city dweller? There are ones that shield skin from pollution. Want your face to smell like a fruity cocktail? Consider it done!
So instead of piling on the powder, next time your want your make your makeup last the distance, try setting it with a spray.
Do you notice a difference when you use a setting spray?