What you need to know about setting sprays


Our make-up has to work harder than ever to last a busy day with little time for touch ups. And while, for many of us, a primer can help to stop the slap from sliding, there’s a new weapon for your beauty arsenal that you may be less familiar with.

Setting sprays are hardworking, lightweight mists, which come in either matte or dewy finishes, and are loved by beauty bloggers and celebrity make-up artists as the finishing flourish to a red carpet look. In fact, we guarantee that dewy look sported by your favourite celebrity isn’t just the result of a juice diet and genetics.

A setting spray is like a top coat for your makeup and, while it is similar to a primer, it’s typically applied after your make-up. But don’t worry, the transparent formula dries quickly and will ensure your carefully applied face will last all day and night if needed (wink). A good setting spray will allow your skin to breathe throughout the day and enhance your make-up for a radiant glow.

Who should use a setting spray

Setting sprays are suitable for all skin types and are ideal for long days at the office, nights out or balmy afternoons in a beer garden - just be aware of the condition of your skin and start with the right make-up to suit its texture. For those with sensitive or dry skin, look for a mist with added skincare benefits.

How to use it

Shake well before use. Hold bottle 8-10 inches away from face and spray in a zig zag formation. Do not spray the product directly into eyes. No need to rub it in, just allow it to dry naturally. It will prime, set and hydrate skin while locking in your make-up for hours without creasing, smudging or fading, while also giving your brightness a boost. Spray under or over makeup, or wear on its own for a healthy radiance.

So pop a setting spray in your make-up bag and get glowed up in an instant!

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