What is Setting Spray?

What is Setting Spray? Everything You Need to Know About Setting Spray

There are so many products in the makeup world! How do you know what they all are and what they’re used for?! Have you ever wondered what is setting spray?? Keep reading to learn everything you need to know about setting spray so your makeup lasts all day!


What Does Setting Spray Do?

What is setting spray?? Just like hair spray is meant to help your hair stay all day, setting spray is meant to help your makeup stay all day. It’s like hairspray for your face!

What is Setting Spray Made Out Of?

There are a lot of setting sprays on the market, so each setting spray ingredients will differ.

These are the ingredients of some of my favorite setting sprays:

Seint Stay Setting Spray

Here are the Seint Stay Setting Spray ingredients: Water, Aloe Vera, Denatured Alcohol, Propylene Glycol, PEG-12 Dimethicone, Niacinamide, Green Tea Extract, Hyaluronic Acid, Octoxynol-9, Polysorbate-20, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Fragrance

NYX Matte Finish

Here are NYX Matte Finish Setting Spray ingredients:

Water, Alcohol, VP/VA Copolymer, Propylene Glycol, Disodium EDTA, Niacinamide, Sodium Salicylate, Plantago Lanceolata Leaf Extract, Mahonia Aquifolium Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Phenoxyethanol

Coola Setting Spray

Here are the Coola Setting Spray ingredients: Avobenzone 2.8%, Homosalate 3.5%, Octisalate 3.9%, Alcohol (ORGANIC), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract (ORGANIC), Algae Extract (ORGANIC), Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Organic Orange) Fruit Water, Cucumis Sativus (ORGANIC Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Diisopropyl Adipate, Ethyl Ferulate, Flavor, Glycerin (ORGANIC), Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Isodecyl Neopentanoate, Juniperus Communis Callus Extract, Paeonia Lactiflora Leaf Cell Extract, Phoenix Dactilyfera (Date) Leaf Cell Extract, PVP, Silica Silylate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Water

Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless

Here are the Airbrush Flawless Setting Spray ingredients: Aqua, Amp-Acrylates/Allyl Methacrylate Copolymer, Pvp, Phenoxyethanol, Pentylene Glycol, Propanediol, Polysorbate 20, Citric Acid, Ethylhexylglycerin, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice Powder, Parfum (Fragrance), Potassium Sorbate, Glycerin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Camellia Oleifera Leaf Extract, Pistacia Lentiscus Gum, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Phenethyl Alcohol

Milk Makeup Hydro Grip

Here are the Milk Makeup Hydro Grip Setting Spray ingredients: Blue Agave Extract, Hyaluronic Acid, Aloe, Hemp-derived Cannabis Seed Extract, Niacinamide, Water, Hydrogenated Ethylhexyl Olivate, Caprylyl Methicone, Octyldodecanol, Isononyl Isononanoate, Isopropyl Palmitate, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Cannabis Sativa (Hemp) Seed Extract, Agave Tequilana Leaf Extract, Prunus Avium (Sweet Cherry) Flower Extract, Melia Azadirachta Leaf Extract, Melia Azadirachta Flower Extract, Corallina Officinalis Extract, Orchis Mascula Extract, Coccinia Indica Fruit Extract, Solanum Melongena (Eggplant) Fruit Extract, Opuntia Ficus-Indica Flower Extract, Ocimum Sanctum Leaf Extract, Curcuma Longa (Turmeric) Leaf Extract, Cannabis Sativa (Hemp) Seed Oil, Moringa Oleifera Seed Oil, Niacinamide, Panthenol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Vegetable Amino Acids, Hydrogenated Olive Oil Unsaponifiables, Maltose, Sodium Phytate, Glycerin, Erythritol, Methyl Gluceth-10, Pentylene Glycol, Polyester-5, PVP, Sorbitol, Propylene Glycol, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Amber Powder, Homarine HCl, Hydroxyacetophenone, Sodium Chloride, Citric Acid, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Acetate, Benzoic Acid, Dehydroacetic Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Blue 1

Urban Decay All Nighter

Here are the Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray ingredients: Aqua, Alcohol Denat., PVP, Dimethicone PEG-7 Phosphate, PPG-3 Benzyl Ether Myristate, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Dipropylene Glycol, Isononyl Isononanoate, Ethylhexyl Isononanoate, Caprylyl Glycol, Sodium Cocamidopropyl PG-Dimonium Chloride Phosphate, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Glycereth-5 Lactate, Phenylpropanol, Propanediol, Methyl Diisopropyl Propionamide, Sodium Hydroxide, Parfum/Fragrance, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Maltodextrin, Poloxamer 407, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Tocopherol, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate.

Is Setting Spray Necessary?

Setting spray is a great product to help your makeup stay all day, but it’s not necessary if you don’t have a problem with your makeup lasting. If you notice that your makeup disappears or melts or rubs off during the day, then give setting spray a try.

How to Use Setting Spray?

There are a few ways to use setting spray:

  • Spray Your Face
  • Spray a Makeup Sponge
  • Use as Primer

Spray Your Face

This is the simplest way to use setting spray. After you’ve applied your makeup, take your setting spray and position it about 6-10 inches from your face. Then spray several times in different directions, ensuring you spray your entire face, top to bottom and side to side. Usually 4-5 squirts is sufficient. Your face will be moist. Then let it air dry.

Pro tip: To avoid messing up your mascara, wait to apply your mascara AFTER you squirt your face with setting spray.

Spray a Makeup Sponge

You can take a damp makeup sponge and spray the sponge with setting spray. Then take the sponge and pat and dab your face where you want to apply the setting spray for extra staying power.

Use as a Primer

Setting spray is most commonly used as the last step in your makeup routine, but you can also use it as the first step as a primer. Simply hold the bottle 6-10 inches from your face and spray your face several times. Then apply your makeup. You can also end on setting spray or just use it as the first step. Play around with it and see what technique you like best!

What is Setting Spray? Everything You Need to Know About Setting Spray

The Best Setting Spray to Help Makeup Last All Day

There are a lot of setting sprays out there! I’ve rounded up the setting sprays that are tried and true and have the highest reviews:

Seint Stay Setting Spray

NYX Matte Finish

Coola Setting Spray

Airbrush Flawless Setting Spray

Hydro Grip Setting Spray

All Nighter Setting Spray

The Best Setting Sprays for Seint Makeup

Does Setting Spray Cause Acne?

Setting spray is specifically formulated to work on your face. It is non comedogenic, meaning that it will not block and clog your pores. It is safe to use on your face =)

Does Setting Spray Cause Oily Skin?

Setting spray does not cause oily skin. But if you naturally have oily skin, you might want to consider setting your makeup with powder. Powder will help absorb the access oil. You can apply setting spray first and then do an additional setting with powder for more staying power.

The Best Powders for Seint Makeup

I hope that answers your question about what is setting spray! Hopefully those tips will help you know why, what, and how to use it! If you’re putting in the effort to apply makeup, make sure it lasts all day with setting spray.

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What is Setting Spray? Everything You Need to Know About Setting Spray

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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