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 is setting spray? Setting spray is like hairspray for your face! It helps your makeup last all day.
- What is the best setting spray to use? The top setting sprays to use are: Seint Stay Setting Spray, NYX Matte Finish Setting Spray, Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray, Coola Setting Spray, Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Setting Spray, and Milk Makeup Hydro Grip Setting Spray
- 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.
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!
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:
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.
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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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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