Ever wondered how to take your make-up game from “good” to “absolutely flawless”? Well, the answer is: setting spray. Trust us when we say this is the one product you wouldn’t want to miss adding to your bag.
A make-up pro or not, everyone wants their make-up to stay put throughout the duration of the event, and setting spray is all you need to add to your make-up routine for it.
Setting sprays are made up of several key ingredients that preserve and enhance the make-up. Formulated with purified water as a base with film-forming polymers, they create a protective layer over your make-up. Humectants such as glycerin and hyaluronic acid maintain skin moisture, while preservatives ensure product longevity. Emollients make the spray feel smooth, while antioxidants like vitamins C and E offer protection against environmental damage. Some setting sprays even have SPF for sun protection or skin-nourishing ingredients like aloe vera or niacinamide. Different sprays have different mixes to cater to various make-up preferences and skin types.
Not convinced? Here are a few reasons why setting spray is the final touch your make-up deserves.
Locks it all in: Setting spray acts as a sealant for your make-up. It helps to lock in all the products you have applied—from foundation and concealer, to eyeshadow and lipstick. Without it, your make-up might smudge, melt, or fade over the course of the day.
Longevity: Setting spray enhances the longevity of your make-up by forming a protective barrier that shields it from environmental factors like humidity, sweat, and pollution, ensuring your look stays fresh for hours on end.
Natural finish and hydration: Some setting sprays offer a dewy or matte finish, depending on your preference. They can help your make-up look more natural and less cakey, providing the perfect, flawless finish you desire with just a few sprays. Additionally, many setting sprays contain hydrating ingredients like glycerin, aloe vera, or hyaluronic acid, which help prevent your skin from drying out, especially if you’re wearing make-up for an extended period of time.
Melt-proof make-up: If it's a sunny day or if you are expecting a long day ahead, a setting spray can be your lifesaver. It prevents your make-up from melting off your face, so you can maintain your look without the hassle of constant touch-ups.
Prevents smudging and gives you a refreshing boost: Setting sprays can help prevent eyeliner, mascara, and eyeshadow from smudging or running, which is especially helpful if you have oily eyelids or teary eyes. In fact, some serve as a midday pick-me-up. You can reapply them throughout the day to revitalise your skin and refresh your make-up.
Best setting sprays to shop
Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Setting Spray, ₹1,750
If you are tired of your make-up fading, melting, or creasing throughout the day, this Charlotte Tilbury airbrush flawless setting spray is the final touch your make-up truly deserves. Infused with a magic matrix of complexion-enhancing ingredients like soothing aloe vera to hydrating Japanese green tea and aromatic resin, this formula not only sets your make-up but also pampers your skin with every application.
M.A.C Prep + Prime Fix+, ₹2,150
Imagine a mist that not only hydrates your skin but also sets the stage for a stunning make-up look. Enriched with the goodness of green tea, chamomile, and cucumber, this setting spray provides a gentle and refreshing experience, ensuring your skin is at its best.
Benefit Cosmetics The POREfessional Super Setter Face Primer, ₹1,450
Say goodbye to days of uneven and sticky application. The POREfessional super setter’s mess-free applicator gives your skin a refreshing mist that leaves your skin feeling smooth and hydrated.
Too Faced Makeup Insurance Longwear Setting Spray, ₹2,600
This one is a mini vacation in a bottle, thanks to its invigorating blend of antioxidants, green tea, and algae extract. Its long-wear formula ensures your make-up stays in place and keeps it transfer-resistant.
Anastasia Beverly Hills Dewy Set Setting Spray, ₹3,250
This dewy setting spray boasts a water-based formula that feels weightless. It’s the perfect addition to your beauty routine, whether you’re looking to create a healthy-looking glow, prep your skin for a stunning make-up application, or set your make-up for a dewy, fresh look.
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