Do you use setting spray and aren’t happy with the results? As with all beauty and makeup products, it takes a bit of trial and error to get the right technique and look you want. Here are common setting spray mistakes and how to fix them…
- What is setting spray? Setting spray is like hairspray for your face! It helps your makeup last all day.
- How do you use setting spray? After applying your makeup, hold the setting spray bottle 6-10 inches from your face and squirt your face several times in different directions. Your face will be moist. Let it air dry. You can learn more about how to use setting spray.
- Why does my makeup come off even with setting spray? Your makeup may be coming off because you are touching your face, using your phone on your face, or you may need to also set your makeup with powder.
- Why does setting spray make me oily? Setting spray may be making your face oily because you are applying too much, you have oily skin, or the ingredients in the spray are making you look shiny.
- Why does my setting spray go white? It may be because it’s expired or you just need to shake the bottle to mix the ingredients.
- Why does my setting spray burn? It most likely contains an ingredient that doesn’t work well with your skin. Try using a different one.
Common Setting Spray Mistakes
If you use setting spray and you’re just not happy with it, it may just take a few tweaks to get it just right! You may need to try a new application technique or try a new product so you love the results. Keep reading for some common mistakes and how to fix them…
Why Does My Makeup Come Off Even with Setting Spray?
If you are noticing that your makeup is coming off even when you use setting spray, here are a few reasons why and things you can do it avoid it:
- Don’t touch your face. Setting spray is meant to help your makeup stay but that doesn’t mean it’s invincible. Touching your face can rub your makeup off, even if you are wearing setting spray. Try to avoid scratching your face, rubbing your eyes, leaning your chin on your fist, etc. This can rub off your makeup and also spread germs on your face…both are no nos.
- Use ear buds or speaker phone. When talking on your phone by holding it up to your ear and mouth, you are resting it on your face. This can rub your makeup off. Instead, opt for speaking with earbuds or on speaker phone.
- Set your makeup with powder. You may need additional staying power, so try also setting your makeup with powder. You can set your makeup with powder before or after you apply your setting spray. Play around with the techniques and see what you like better.
Why Does Setting Spray Make Me Oily?
Setting spray can leave your face looking oily for a few reasons:
- You are applying too much setting spray
- You have oily skin
- The ingredients in the setting spray
You are applying too much
You may be applying too much setting spray. To properly apply setting spray, position the bottle 6-10 inches from your face and spray in a circular motion. You only need to spray your face 3-4 times. Then let it air dry.
Another way you can apply setting spray is by squirting a makeup sponge and then dabbing the makeup sponge on your face. This will help you apply less product and exactly where you want it.
You have oily skin
If you have oily skin, you may need to also set your makeup with powder. Powder will help absorb excess oils on your face and will help you look less shiny.
The ingredients in the setting spray
Every setting spray has different ingredients. If the setting spray you are currently using is leaving you looking shiny, then try a different one out. Not all setting sprays are created equal and work well with makeup. Here are some great ones to try:
Why Does Setting Spray Ruin My Makeup?
If you feel like your setting spray is ruining your makeup, then try these tips:
- Try using less product. Less is more! Sometimes using too much product can conflict with other products you are wearing.
- If setting spray is ruining your mascara, apply setting spray BEFORE you apply mascara. Let it air dry and then apply your mascara.
- Try using a different setting spray. Each one has different ingredients. There may be something in the product that doesn’t work with the ingredients of your makeup. If you wear cream makeup, then these are the best setting sprays to use.
Why Does Setting Spray Burn?
If you setting spray burns your face, then it most likely contains an ingredient that doesn’t work well with your skin. Try using a different one.
Why Does My Setting Spray Go White?
If you are noticing your setting spray applies white, it may be because it’s expired or you just need to shake the bottle to mix the ingredients. You can check if your makeup is expired by looking for the image of a jar with a lid. Setting sprays usually have a shelf life of 6 months. If you’ve had yours for longer than that, it’s time to toss and get a new one.
Hopefully those tips will help with your common setting spray mistakes. Beauty is a bit of trial and error. Play around with techniques and products to see what works best for you!
About the Author
JoEllen is a licensed aesthetician, makeup mentor, and certified John Maxwell coach, speaker, and trainer. She has been working with women for 18 years helping them look and feel confident. She loves teaching women simple beauty techniques so they can feel empowered to try it at home. She believes that when you look and feel good, you do good!
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