What is setting spray? Setting spray or finishing spray is a product that is mostly used at the end of makeup application. It is used to give makeup a finished or more natural look so that it won’t look so cakey. For those of us who tend to wear a lot of makeup on multiple days of the week, you know how helpful this step is. Setting spray can be the difference in your makeup looking drab or fab by lunch time.
After applying so many layers of different products, the face tends to have a powdered finished which is not cute! Yes, I understand that wearing that much makeup doesn’t give you the most natural look but the theory behind wearing makeup is to have your face look as natural as possible.
By using a setting spray it allows the make-up to not look so one dimensional. It allows the makeup to set in those certain areas of your face that you try to accentuate, like the cheeks and highlighted areas. It also helps your makeup to last longer. By not using a setting spray you are more prone to having to reapply some parts of your make-up more than once. That final touch of the setting spray literally sets everything in place and keeps it from being removed by sweat, oil and other elements.
The setting spray that I use whether I wear a full face or minimal makeup is the Elf Makeup Mist and Set. I really like this product because I’m all for the natural and organic movement. This product has aloe, green tea, cucumber and vitamins A, C and E and it only costs a little over $3. It can be found at most stores that sell Elf products like Walmart and Target. Another great product that most make-up junkies and gurus use is the MAC Prep and Prime Fix Plus Spray. This product is a little pricier with the full size retailing for $22. It contains green tea, chamomile and other vitamins and minerals to give you a soothing finish. Urban Decay also has 3 types of setting sprays: Long-Lasting, Oil Control and Cooling and Hydrating. These range from $14-30 depending on the bottle size.
I hope this post was helpful for you, especially if you aren’t too familiar with setting sprays. If you have any questions please let me know!