Guide to Makeup Setting Sprays

By Rebecca Jenkinson, Beauty Writer

With our makeup setting spray & fixers guide, you can find out everything you need to know before buying or using the product including what is makeup setting spray and how do you use makeup setting spray. If you're ready to buy or want to see our selection, visit our makeup setting sprays page.

Top Makeup Setting Sprays Brands

  • Charlotte Tilbury
  • Murad
  • Urban Decay
  • Morphe

Makeup Setting Sprays FAQs

Woman in black dress using a face spray

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 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 complexion. 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 do you use makeup setting spray?

Once you've finished your makeup, it's time to get your makeup setting spray. Hold six to eight inches away for your face and then lightly mist in a 'X' and 'T' motion. 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.

Sprays are also multi-use products with some SPF setting sprays even offering sun protection. You can also apply setting mist to a beauty sponge to help revive tired, creased base makeup. Better still, you can also mist your brushes with setting spray to boost the pigments of eyeshadow powders.

Makeup artist using setting spray on a client

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, Maybelline 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.

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.