In a previous article, we looked at how the right primer can prep your skin and help deliver a long-lasting look. But for real all-day makeup, you’ll need to bookend your routine with a setting spray as well. Designed to stop foundation, eyeshadow and more from slipping down your face as the hours tick by – which is, of course, a basic beauty no-no – these clever products will keep you looking fresh for hours. Here’s our pick of the best.
All Nighter Long Lasting Makeup Setting Spray by Urban Decay
A real cult favourite, this setting spray is loved by celebrities and professional MUAs alike, and it’s easy to see why. Although it’s not the cheapest option around it’s worth every penny, delivering a light mist that will keep your makeup in place for an incredible 16 hours.
Airbrush Flawless Setting Spray by Charlotte Tilbury
In these days of ubiquitous face coverings, any setting spray needs to be hardy enough to withstand the constant pulling on and off of cloth and paper masks. Luckily, this formula from Charlotte Tilbury is up to the job. Although it’s also on the pricier end of the spectrum, the results are impressive.
In Transit Pollution Shield by thisworks
Want a setting spray that works to protect your skin as well as your makeup? This fine mist from thisworks creates a barrier to keep out damaging pollutants, while aloe vera and hyaluronic acid will reduce redness and boost hydration. Oh, and it will stop your foundation from slipping too!
Dew Bomb Setting Spray by Lottie London
If you’re looking for something that won’t break the bank, this setting spray by Lottie London is an excellent choice. Made with rosewater and aloe to leave your skin dewy and soft, it promises to lock in your makeup while delivering real, long-lasting benefits.
Splash Setting Spray by Algenist
Another setting spray that puts skin first, Algenist’s Splash actually has more in common with a serum. Packed full of active ingredients such as polysaccharides and algae extract, this clever formula works to keep skin hydrated while ensuring your makeup stays put. As an added bonus, it offers protection from free radicals as well.