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If giving your makeup look longevity is your main goal, applying a makeup setting spray should be one of the final steps in your routine. These lightweight formulas are designed to lock your product in place, helping to eliminate and prevent smears, smudges, creases, shine, and fading. And hopefully, that means far less touch-ups throughout the day. That’s as good a reason as any for checking out this roundup of nine of the best makeup setting sprays on the market.
If you’re looking for security from makeup smears, shine, caking and streaks, this wildly popular makeup setting spray will deliver. The brand uses a patented “temperature control” technology to lower the temperature of your makeup, therefore locking it in place so it looks fresh all night.
A new addition to the beloved Benefit Cosmetics POREfessional collection, this impressive super-fine mist is made with powders that blur the appearance of pores to create a soft-focus finish—all while controlling shine and setting makeup for up to 16 hours.
Formulated with rosewater and green tea, this makeup setting spray will provide the most refreshing final step in your routine. A bonus for anyone dealing with winter dryness, it can also be applied as needed throughout the day whenever your skin needs a hydration boost.
This subtly vanilla-scented mist promises a trifecta of benefits: it primes the skin when used before makeup application, helps set makeup in place when used as a final step in your routine and hydrates the skin when used throughout the day.
If you’re a fan of Charlotte Tilbury’s Airbrush Foundation, consider finishing off your look with the brand’s first setting spray. The alcohol-free, green tea-infused formula delivers 16 hours of melt and fade-proof protection.
Ringing it at less than $10, NYX’s cult-favorite matte finish setting spray has over 700 five-star reviews on Target, receiving praise for its ability to control shine without drying out the skin.
Another tried-and-true, multitasking makeup setting spray, MAC’s lightweight formula is designed to keep makeup looking fresh for up to 12 hours, while also soothing the skin with green tea, chamomile and cucumber.
A great option for added radiance, Hourglass claims its blurring, water-resistant mist can set foundation in place for up to 24 hours. As with all setting sprays, it’s important to follow brand application directions. Hourglass suggests holding the mist 10 inches away from your face for the best effects.
A fresh face of makeup should never get in the way of reapplying sunscreen. That’s where this revamped mist from Supergoop! comes in. SPF 40 helps shield your skin from the sun’s damaging rays, while the addition of rosemary oil helps protect against free radicals. What’s more, peppermint oil also helps to balance the skin’s oils and control oil.