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5 of the best setting sprays of 2022 for all skin types and budgets

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After spending a lot of time putting on makeup and looking fabulous, the last thing you want is for him to move. Introducing the coveted setting spray that will keep your makeup looking fresh for hours. A setting spray is made up of water, alcohol, and a film-forming agent, which all work together to set your makeup. Many setting sprays are alcohol- or water-based; alcohol-based sprays are more effective in their holds, while water-based setting sprays are moisturizing. Depending on your skin type, you may choose to choose one type over another. For example, for those with dry skin, matte setting sprays don’t work and it’s best to choose setting sprays that will leave the skin looking fresh. For those with oilier skin, choose a less oily formula that won’t leave bumps or uneven makeup.

A setting spray can be used in several ways. The most common is to spray it on your face after finishing your makeup, although some prefer to use a beauty blender to apply a little to cover dry patches or creased makeup. Whatever your style, here are some great spray options to help you maintain your glam all day long. We recommend trial and error to find the best fit for you.

1. Our top pick for oily skin


NYX, Matte Finish Makeup Setting Spray – NYX, $9.50

This setting spray covers you and your skin. The lightweight, water-based spray absorbs quickly into skin and holds makeup in place for up to 16 hours. This means you can apply a full face in the morning and are guaranteed to look the same, without a greasy exterior, by the end of the evening. This formula is particularly recommended for oily skin and complements a matte finish. If you’re the type to travel, consider buying a travel version to stay pristine on the go.

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2. Best spray for a dewy finish

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Preserve the Serve Luminous Setting Spray Sephora, $30

Since you are clearly serving a look, you should also preserve it. Made with snow mushroom extract that helps hydrate skin, and cactus water and goji berry extract that protects skin against environmental stressors, you’re sure to have hydrated and refreshed skin all day long. Although a bit of a crazy buy, fans love the ultra-light weight of this formula and the smell of the mist.

3. An affordable spray for all skin types

Neutrogena Healthy Skin Radiant Makeup Setting Spray - best setting spray


Neutrogena Healthy Skin Radiant Makeup Setting Spray – Amazon, $12.97

This product works great as a primer over a morning moisturizer that serves as the perfect layer to apply foundation. For those with discolored areas of skin, Neutrogena’s Makeup Fixer will smooth away blemishes for flawless makeup application. Armed with a radiance booster and skin perfector, it locks in your makeup with a lightweight mist. Fans swear by Neutrogena products.

4. Our favorite pick for the summer heat

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Urban degradation

Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray – Urban Decay, $33

Urban Decay isn’t lying when they say they’re the real OG for setting spray. If you’ve had a beauty guru era on YouTube, then you know. Their setting spray lowers the temperature of your makeup to keep foundation and eyeshadow in place for up to 16 hours. Whether you have oily or dry skin, this is one of the best sprays for your makeup. It’s vegan, lightweight, and will definitely exceed your expectations, even after a night of dancing or in extreme heat. If you’re a dancer, cheerleader, or sweat a lot, give it a try.

One customer wrote: “I can’t say enough good things about the sleepless night spray. It keeps my look fresh and comes in about 20 makeup pieces. Also, I sweat a lot at work and I just dab the sweat with a towel and no makeup comes with it.I’ve tried lots of setting sprays for dry skin and this is the longest lasting one.

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Milani is a TikTok favorite, especially this setting spray. It’s high quality but still affordable. You can use this spray as a primer, which is such a win when it comes to shoring up your travel makeup bag (and your wallet). Prepare your face with the formula and use it after makeup application for best results. It will also come in handy for those hot summer days when makeup is just waiting to melt away.

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