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Best Makeup Setting Sprays To Keep Your Look in Place

By Rebecca Jenkinson - 1 year ago | Updated
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We’ve all experienced the dreaded makeup meltdown, whether it’s halfway through the working day or an hour into the party. Luckily there’s a simple way to lock your look in place.

Discover the world of makeup setting sprays. Simply spritz your favourite formula to set your foundation and concealer for hours and help maintain that flawless finish from AM to PM.

But which are the best makeup setting sprays on the market? Thankfully, we’ve compiled a list of our favourites here at Cosmetify HQ….

What is makeup setting spray?

Makeup setting spray is exactly what it says on the tin – it's a lightweight, clear spray that helps set your killer complexion and eye makeup looks in place. No more smudging or budging. They are also great at freshening up base makeup that has begun to crease or dull throughout the day - a simple spritz can revive your dewy, glowy foundation. Not to mention, certain sprays can also help mattify your base, while others can add extra radiance.

From your morning makeup routine all the way through to your evening after work cocktails, makeup sprays can help you look fierce all day. They are also ideal for special occasions and big events when you want to be camera, insta and selfie-ready all night long.

How to use makeup setting spray

But first, how do you use makeup setting sprays?

Complete your mega look and then take your favourite spray holding at arms-length away from your face. Then lightly mist in a 'X' and 'T' motion evenly across your skin. You can also use makeup setting spray throughout the day whenever you feel the need for an instant refresh. It breathes life back into your makeup and gives you that glowy, radiant finish.

Better still, you can mist your beauty sponges with setting spray to help lock your foundation in place, as well refreshing creased face makeup. You can also spritz your makeup brushes to boost the pigments of eyeshadows and powders.

Do you use setting spray before or after powder?

There's no hard and fast rule when it comes to setting spray. Typically, you would spray the setting mist at the end of your routine after powder to prolong your final look. This helps you achieve the ultimate radiant finish and prevents your face from looking too cakey - perfect if you were a tad heavy handed with the powder brush.

However, some makeup artists do recommend spritzing your face after you've applied foundation. Just make sure you allow it to fully dry before applying any powders on top. This helps your base makeup last longer and is great if you struggle with midday shine or if you're heading to a big event.

Which makeup setting spray is best?

At Cosmetify, we have a wide range makeup fixer and setting sprays for you to peruse. Some of our classic favourites come from major beauty brands, including Urban Decay, Morphe, MAC and Too Faced. The best makeup sprays are the ones that are tailored to your specific needs, whether you struggle with an oily T-zone, a dry complexion or skin dullness.

To find makeup setting mists that suit your needs and your routine, use our handy drop-down filters. From makeup concern to ingredient preference, you can find exactly what you're looking for. We even have vegan-friendly options for beauty lovers who want a cruelty-free makeup routine.

Not sure which mist to choose? Here’s our list of the top ten best makeup setting sprays.

Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray

Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray

This setting spray tops all the must-have beauty lists and for good reason. It has an oil-free formula with Temperature Control Technology, so your makeup stays put no matter the weather. And with a 16-hour staying power you can rest assured your makeup will look flawless all day long.

MAC Prep + Prime Fix+ Mattifying Mist

MAC Prep + Prime Fix+ Mattifying Mist

A professional favourite, this MAC setting mist helps you achieve the ultimate long-lasting look. Use it to prime the skin prior to makeup application and use it afterwards to lock everything in place. It’s infused with oil-absorbing agents to ensure a matte finish.

Kate Somerville UncompliKated SPF 50 Makeup Setting Spray

Kate Somerville UncompliKated SPF 50 Makeup Setting Spray

Feast your eyes on this makeup setting spray with SPF 50. This product combines two beauty steps in one simple spray bottle. Use after you finish applying your makeup to set your look and also protect your skin from any harmful UV rays. It feels super lightweight on the skin, while still giving you’re an all coverage.

Revolution Hyaluronic Fixing Spray

Revolution Hyaluronic Fixing Spray

Plump up your skin and fix your makeup in place with this makeup setting spray from Revolution. This affordable formula hydrates the skin and leaves you feeling refreshed and ready for the day ahead.

GLAMGLOW Glowsetter Makeup Setting Spray

GLAMGLOW Glowsetter Makeup Setting Spray

Get your glow on with this setting mist. With a spritz here and there over your makeup, you can create a radiant and long-lasting finish. It’s the perfect formula for a healthy, dewy coverage and is ideal for dry skin types.

Morphe Continuous Setting Mist

Morphe Continuous Setting Mist

Banish the meltdown with this setting mist from Morphe. Use to refresh makeup while you’re travelling, post-gym sesh or even after work. The air-powered spray helps you achieve a controlled application, while the mist locks powders and liquids in place.

NYX Professional Makeup Makeup Setting Spray Matte Finish/Long Lasting

NYX Professional Makeup Makeup Setting Spray Matte Finish/Long Lasting

This super budget-friendly option is a firm favourite thanks to its matte finish. Makeup appears fresh and beautiful for up to eight hours! This is perfect for all the pros and even the beauty beginners.

Too Faced Hangover 3 In 1 Primer & Setting Spray

Too Faced Hangover 3 In 1 Primer & Setting Spray

Three beauty must-haves for the price of one? Urm yes please. This multi-use formula is the best at priming, setting and refreshing your makeup. Your makeup last longer and your skin feels invigorated and restored.

PIXI Makeup Fixing Mist

PIXI Makeup Fixing Mist

Not only does this spray keep your makeup looking flawless from sunrise to sunset, but it also utilises rose water to soothe stressed out skin. It’s the ideal formula for dehydrated and distressed complexions.

Makeup Obsession Dewy Fix Makeup Fixing Spray

Makeup Obsession Dewy Fix Makeup Fixing Spray

Want to achieve a dewy, glowy look? This fixing spray has got your covered. It helps hydrate the complexion, while also giving your skin a much-need boost post-makeup application and during the day.


Keep your looks on fleek with a little helping hand from the best makeup setting sprays in the business. For more top tips for long-lasting makeup take a look at Best Primers with SPF You Need this Summer

Rebecca is a content writer with over three years’ experience and a keen interest in cosmetics. Cosmetify allows her to combine her blogging skills with her passion for beauty.

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