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Makeup Setting Spray | Why You Need It Now

Do you know how important using a makeup setting spray is in your makeup routine? If you’re still unsure, I’m going to talk about why you need it…and why you need it now!

Makeup Setting Spray | Why You Need It and What to Get

If you’re already using a makeup setting spray, that’s awesome girl! But for those who are not, I suggest you start using one. You see, we all spend time perfecting our makeup. The last thing we’d want to happen is to step out of the house and just sweat everything off. What a waste, right? This is what setting spray is for, to actually “set” your makeup in place. But hey, there’s actually more uses to makeup setting spray compared to what we’ve all come to know. So beauty pros and newbies out there, learn a thing or two about setting sprays in our piece today.


How Do Makeup Setting Sprays Work?

The heat and humidity around you will never be your makeup’s friends. Add climate change to the picture, and you’ll have erratic weather every day! All these external factors will affect your makeup drastically such as melt your foundation, increase oil production, and reduce the colors of your makeup. This is why makeup setting spray was made–to prevent these situations throughout the day.

Makeup experts would actually call it the “hairspray for the face” as it locks the makeup in place, just like a hair spray would keep a hairstyle locked down all day.


The Different Uses of Makeup Setting Spray

So what are the other uses of makeup setting sprays that we can benefit from? Here’s a quick rundown of everything you need to know:

1. Lowers the temperature of the face.

Most setting sprays are formulated with a cooling technology. You should know that the skin on your face is around 90 degrees. This temperature is, well, not really helping makeup stay on your face, which results to the oiliness, melting and the likes. The setting spray will help lower the temperature of the face, helping the makeup adhere longer to the skin.

2. Seal makeup in place.

When the skin on the face is cooler and makeup sticks longer, it is easier for the setting spray to lock the makeup in place. Apart from the cooling formulation, makeup settings sprays are also infused with special polymers that help seal your makeup. You can think of it as a breathable mesh over your makeup, not heavy, but seals great!

3. Refreshed and luminous look.

“Do I really have to wear setting spray even if I wear primer?” Yes! honey, you do. Face primers do help in helping makeup stay longer, BUT they’re more focused on preparing the skin for makeup application. On the other hand, setting sprays are more for longer wear and a refreshed, luminous look.


These are the major uses of makeup setting sprays, but if you’re creative enough, there are actually more uses. First, you can use it to moisten your eyeshadow brush for a smoother application and more intense color. Second, you can use it to fix uneven winged eyeliner. Next, spray some on your concealer brush for easier blending and prevent creasing and caking. Fourth, you can also use it on your makeup sponge or Beauty Blender when applying foundation. It helps you blend the foundation and achieve an airbrushed finish. And last, spray this on top of finishing powder to avoid caking throughout the day.


Makeup Setting Spray | Product Recommendation

Now that you’re all excited to use a makeup setting spray, let’s talk about what to get! Check out our product recommendations below:

1. MAC Fix+

MAC Fix+ | Makeup Setting Spray | Why You Need It Now
image via MAC Cosmetics

The MAC Fix+ is undoubtedly one of the holy grails of makeup lovers when it comes to setting sprays. It will do everything for you! You can use it underneath foundation, setting foundation, moistening makeup brushes, and refreshing the skin! What else? It helps your makeup blend better together too. The MAC Fix+ is also known to have a seamless and poreless finish.

2. Skindinavia The Makeup Finishing Spray Bridal

When it comes to makeup settings sprays, we can say that Skindinavia started it all. Their setting sprays have won awards due to their patented temperature-control technology. Since then, Skindinavia has made different versions of their original setting spray. While the original version is awesome enough, we reckon that you’d love this Bridal version better. It’s formulated for bridal makeup to lock in place for 16 hours, and can even resist sweat, tears, and the occasional kisses. Plus, you’re guaranteed photo-ready skin throughout the day. So even if it’s not your big day, feel free to use this one!

3. Urban Decay All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray

Urban Decay’s All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray is a cult-favorite and we’re not surprised. Urban Decay actually partnered up with Skindinavia to produce this one…so yes, expect 16 hours makeup lockdown as well! If you plan to go to a late night party or a sleepover where you need to look good even if you’re sleeping, you can trust that UD’s All Nighter will lock your makeup in place all day and all night!

4. Urban Decay De-Slick Makeup Setting Spray

Urban Decay De-Slick | Makeup Setting Spray | Why You Need It Now
image via Urban Decay

Another Urban Decay setting spray? Yes! The Urban Decay De-Slick needs a special mention too. If the All-Nighter is great for mostly dry, combo, and normal skin, the De-Slick is the perfect one for oily skin. Just like the All-Nighter, this setting spray can lock your makeup in place for 16 hours. Additionally, you’ll also love the fine mist coming out of this bottle; the product is evenly dispersed.


5. Farmacy Skin Dew Hydrating Essence Mist and Setting Spray

The Farmacy Skin Dew Hydrating Essence Mist and Setting Spray is always on the top of best setting sprays list for a couple of reasons. For one, this setting spray isn’t just for your makeup, it acts as a skin care essence too. Simply put, you can turn to this if you need a setting spray or facial mist. Thanks to the farm-grown botanical ingredients, this leaves the skin looking glowing and hydrated. Plus, that peppermint oil is so refreshing that it instantly revives the skin too!

5. L’Oréal Paris Infallible Makeup Extender Setting Spray

L'Oréal Paris Infallible Makeup Extender Setting Spray | Makeup Setting Spray | Why You Need It Now
image via L’oreal Paris

If you’re looking for a drugstore makeup setting spray that acts like a high-end product, you’re looking at the winner right here! The L’Oréal Paris Infallible Makeup Extender Setting Spray does what it is set out to do–make your makeup last all day. But it doesn’t stop there folks… this product can instantly make you look fresh and flawless especially for those who are going for the “I woke up like this” look.

6. Caudalie Beauty Elixir

Caudalie Beauty Elixir | Makeup Setting Spray | Why You Need It Now
image via Sephora

The Caudalie Beauty Elixir is marketed as a luxurious facial mist, but it also acts as a great setting spray. What do we love about it? For one, the smell is divine! I haven’t smelled anything like this before in my life. Another reason is that this Beauty Elixir is great for refreshing the face and retouching your makeup. If you’ve over-powdered and need to tone it down a bit, this product will really help you retouch and avoid the cakey look. It’s an awesome pick-me-up product you should have.

8. NYX Cosmetics Dewy Finish Makeup Setting Spray

NYX Cosmetics Dewy Finish Makeup Setting Spray | Makeup Setting Spray | Why You Need It Now
image via NYX Cosmetics

Now, the NYX Cosmetics Dewy Finish Makeup Setting Spray is hit-and-miss, but I want to include this here because I’m hearing more people who like it than those who don’t. I believe it’s totally about personal preference. 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. This dewy finish is best for people with dry skin. If you have oily skin, you might want to try the matte finish version of this one.


Want to save your money on setting sprays? Check out this video from Makeup Mythbusters on how to make a DIY makeup setting spray:

Have I convinced you yet that you need to start using makeup setting spray right away? I can see you nodding girl! Hurray! Makeup setting sprays are really very helpful in your daily makeup routine. But of course, you need to know where to spend your money on as well. I hope that you’ve learned tons about setting sprays today and have set your eyes on a product or products to try.

So tell me, which of these makeup setting sprays will you try or have you tried already? Please share it with us in the comments section below!

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  • Nora Grahe
    Posted April 12, 2017 at 2:01 pm

    I would LOVE to try MAC FIX+, Urban Decay All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray so much~

  • Brenda Watson-Allen
    Posted June 19, 2017 at 10:55 am

    I just about use them all they great!

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