When you put in the effort to flawlessly blend your foundation, etch that liquid liner across your eyes, or perfect a chiseled contour, you should use the best setting spray to ensure the look lasts. After all, beauty is all about working smarter, not harder—from coveted skin care tools to the best beauty products.
“Setting sprays to me are a way of manipulating the finish of the makeup application or prolonging the lifespan of your makeup,” says celebrity makeup artist Wendi Miyake. “They can be used to hydrate the skin before and during the makeup application, and act as a barrier so the makeup does not slip.” While many of us might forget to spritz a formula across our faces before jetting out the door, Miyake believes it’s a necessary step.
Though celebrity makeup artist Erika La’ Pearl, known for her work with Cardi B, admits she relies on two formulas for all her looks (One/Size’s mattifying formula or Benefit Cosmetics’ pore-blurring option), she says that the setting spray you use is all about preference. Whether you desire a sun-kissed radiance or want to combat oiliness before it begins, there’s no better time than now to discover your favorite. Below, 12 best setting sprays to lock makeup in place.
For All-Day Wear
Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Makeup Setting Spray
“Whether you want to have your makeup appear matte or if you’re going for a dewy look, this spray gives you the ultimate hold,” says pro makeup artist Arielle Antoinette, continuing that a little goes a long way. Makeup artist Ashley Stewart loves Charlotte Tilbury’s spray too because it’s “ lightweight, oil-free, hydrating and sets your makeup for up to 16 hours.”
For a Matte Finish
One/Size On ’Til Dawn Mattifying Waterproof Setting Spray
“I love the One/Size On ‘Til Dawn Mattifying Setting Spray to ensure my clients makeup will stay matte and not budge when I cannot be there to touch up the makeup,” says Miyake of the formula that has certainly impressed La’ Pearl too. Crafted by Patrick Starr, the spray is infused with witch hazel and green tea extract to absorb oil and tighten pores.
For the Body
Melanie Mills Hollywood Super Lite Long Lasting Setting Spray
“The Melanie Mills Super Lite Long Lasting Setting Spray is amazing for ensuring my clients’ body makeup does not smudge or transfer throughout the day,” says Miyake. Consider this to set all over whenever you look to add body shimmer or conceal tattoos or bruises—like a wedding or formal event.
For Skin-Loving Ingredients
Ilia Blue Light Mist
Those in search of a daily mist to protect skin from the harmful effects of blue light and pollution, should add Ilia’s Blue Light Mist to their skin and makeup rotations. This lavender-scented vegan option is packed with marine actives, mastic, and tara extract to defend and rejuvenate stressed skin.
For a Surge of Hydration
Skindinavia The Makeup Finishing Spray
Miyake is a fan of Skindinavia’s setting spray “to hydrate the skin and allow the makeup to look dewy without looking greasy.” This slow-release, oil-free formula is designed to cool the skin in an effort to prevent sweat and oil.
For Long-lasting Radiance
Morphe Continuous Setting Mist
According to Stewart, Morphe’s Continuous Setting Mist “adds a radiant finish to your makeup look that will last all night.” The affordable formula applies as a super-fine mist infused with fruit extracts as well as vitamins E and B5. Natasha Chauvet, who also loves the mist, says it won’t leave you greasy either.
For All-Night Wear
Urban Decay All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray
It wouldn’t be a setting spray conversation without a mention of Urban Decay’s All Nighter—a beloved formula for its long-lasting prowess. In fact, Stewart says it’s “lightweight, smudge-proof, and transfer-resistant for up to 16 hours.”
For a Skin-Blurring Finish
Benefit Cosmetics The POREfessional: Super Setter Pore-Minimizing Setting Spray
“This setting spray really blurs the appearance of pores on the skin,” says Antoinette, who opts for this in television, film, and stage makeup. “I find that it also prolongs the wear of your makeup application.” Loved by La’ Pearl, this shouldn’t smudge, transfer, or feel heavy..
For Anti-Aging Benefits
Tatcha Luminous Dewy Skin Mist
Tatcha’s Luminous Dewy Skin Mist is good enough to spritz with or without makeup. Either way, it’s infused with the brand’s superfood complex to increase skin’s suppleness while reducing signs of aging. On top of makeup, this should replenish moisture and seal your look.
For a Timeless Classic
MAC Prep + Prime Fix+ Primer and Setting Spray
MAC’s Prep + Prime Fix+ will never do you wrong. The formula, which has long been a staple in makeup routines of the beauty set, primes, sets, and refreshes in an instant.
For Sun Protection
Kate Somerville UncompliKated SPF Soft Focus Makeup Setting Spray
Wearing makeup doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t reapply your sunscreen, especially when spending countless hours in the sun. Find your trusty setting spray featuring SPF in Kate Somerville’s UncompliKated formula, which leaves skin with a soft-focus, matte finish.
For a Multi-Tasking Formula
Hourglass Veil Setting Spray
Blur imperfections with Hourglass’s vegan, water-resistant Veil setting spray. Not only will it smooth skin’s appearance, it will leave a radiant finish while enhancing makeup’s setting power for up to 24 hours.