For a very long time I wondered what the secret was to makeup that lasted longer than my own. At the beginning I thought it was the use of skin primer before foundation. The answer though was none other than makeup setting spray. Little did I know I was about to get hooked on it and now I can’t let anyone leave without spraying them my ‘magic in a bottle’ as I like to call it!

Setting spray is the veil on top of your makeup that will protect it and make it stay in place. It’s never easy to keep your makeup looking fresh all day long, but a good makeup setting spray can help keep the need for midday touch-ups to a minimum. Setting sprays usually come in the form of a spray or mist and the whole purpose of using a makeup setting spray is to help prevent your makeup (foundation, lipstick, eye shadow, and more) from smudging, creasing, or fading quickly.

My favourite setting spray simply has to be GLOWSETTER™ by Glamglow. It smells so delicious; it’s alcohol free which means everyone can use it, even people with dry skin. It’s paraben and phthalates free and most importantly it makes your skin look refreshed and recharged!

“This setting spray finishes your face makeup with a soft, cloud-like mist of mineral-rich charged waters, meaning your glow goes everywhere with you, no matter what. With a caffeine infusion it helps to wake up dull skin and instantly boost radiance, while a TEAOXI® complex of green, white, and red teas (a blend known to fight environmental stressors), works alongside other advanced ingredients to leave skin feeling hydrated, soothed, and smoothed”.

Another really good one that has been tried and tested is ALL NIGHTER SETTING SPRAY by Urban Decay

“This ground-breaking, tested formula is suitable for all skin types, free of oil and parabens, and features patented Temperature Control Technology. Yep, this baby actually lowers the temperature of your makeup to keep foundation, eyeshadow, blush and concealer in place—even in hot and humid or cold and windy conditions”.

The last of our three suggestions is PREP + PRIME FIX+ by Mac. This finishing spray can also be used before applying makeup to hydrate skin and prepare it. After makeup application you can spray it again to finish it off and set it.

“A lightweight mist of water packed with vitamins and minerals, infused with a blend of green tea, chamomile and cucumber to gently soothe and refresh the skin. Gives an instant boost of hydration while delivering a soft sheen to refresh and finish makeup”.

Makeup setting spray should be the finishing touch to your beauty routine. After you’ve fully applied your foundation, mascara, and lipstick just hold it 8-10 inches from your face and spritz it on in an “X” and “T” motion. Just make sure to avoid spraying it in your eyes!

‘Till next week