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Lock it: 5 best setting sprays to help your makeup last

Let’s do a bit of math. Time + humidity + heat + sweat = a makeup disaster. Any makeup wearer that lives in hot climates can testify to the gradual collapse of their face paint from the moment they step out the door. It’s a real struggle, but there are ways to get around it. A practically instant fix would be investing in a good setting spray.

Spritzed on post-makeup application, setting sprays were originally intended for stage professionals, but have since become a consumer staple. It seems like magic, since all you’re really doing is spritzing some liquid on your face, but there are some ingredients in setting sprays that help regulate oil production on your skin to prevent total meltdowns. Some hydrate, some give you a dewy glow, while others keep your skin matte. It all depends on your needs and skin type.

As an added bonus, setting sprays prevent your makeup from caking, or looking too powdery. If you went a bit too hard on the baking, give yourself a mist to help the excess makeup dissolve.

Here are some of the best setting sprays to choose from.

1 /5

Make Up For Ever Mist And Fix Setting Spray

This hydrating formula promises to help your make-up last up to 12 hours. It’s alcohol-free, making it suitable for those with dry skin, and it leaves you with a fresh, dewy finish. Mist And Fix is also sweat-proof, as well as rub-resistant.

RM60, Sephora.

2 /5

Pixi Glow Mist

The Glow Mist may not be one that helps your makeup last as long as the others, but it does provide a beautiful luminosity to the skin that is unparalleled. Made with 13 natural oils, fruit extracts, niacinamide and propolis, this is an enriching spray that’ll moisturise and protect your skin. You can even spray some on mid-way through the day to refresh your makeup.

RM93, Sephora.

3 /5

Supergoop! Defense Refresh Setting Mist with SPF50

Sunscreen should be a part of your everyday skincare routine, but if you’re lazy to scout for the right one, here’s a multi-tasker from Supergoop!. It’s got a broad spectrum and SPF50 protection, the ability to set your face, and give your complexion a quick refresh when you have to. Also, it makes sunscreen reapplication effortless, without compromising your makeup.

RM125, Sephora.

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Urban Decay All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray

The All Nighter is the motherlode of all setting sprays, promising up to 16 hours of makeup wear. It prevents creasing, caking or melting, even under duress from sun and sweat. This spray is suitable for all skin types, but if you’ve got very dry or sensitive skin, you might want to give the All Nighter a miss due to the presence of alcohol in the spray.

RM139, Sephora and Urban Decay.

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Boscia White Charcoal Mattifying Makeup Setting Spray

Those with really oily skin can give the Boscia White Charcoal spray a shot. This one helps minimise pores, while keeping your skin shine-free for longer. You’ve also got tons of botanical and fermented ingredients that act as antioxidants, keeping your skin protected against pollutants. Mist some, and enjoy a matte skin finish that actually lasts.

RM166, Sephora.

Lock it: 5 best setting sprays to help your makeup last

Beatrice Bowers

Features Editor

Beatrice Bowers writes about beauty, drinks, and other nice things. When not bound to her keyboard, she moonlights as a Niffler for novels and can be found en route to bankruptcy at your nearest bookstore. Don't tell her boss.

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