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The warmer weather is here (hurrah) but with it comes make-up meltdowns as the weather heats up. Make-up has to work overtime to stay put in warmer climates, especially if you have skin that’s on the slicker side. But topping it up can be a right old faff – especially if you’re at work, have a special occasion or just have a bloody busy day ahead. And we’ve all been there at the end of a night out when our concealer creases (find a concealer that won't crease here) and our blusher has buggered off (find a blusher that won't fade here).
Enter make-up setting sprays. From your morning commute to cocktails with the girls, these guys are here to seal the deal – facially, that is. Need one? Read on to find the ones we love…
There are a plethora of reasons why we recommend this YSL setting spray. First of all, it holds makeup in place for hours after application. Secondly, when you're feeling a bit sleepy or skin looks a bit off-colour, this perks everything up. Including your mood. And it also has this wonderful ability to make you look all glowy and healthy. And finally, it's a YSL setting spray. Need we say more? Look how chic the bottle is. Keep it in your bag for commute pick-me-ups and watch the jealousy appear on the face of your fellow travellers. It works on all skin types, but you'll particularly love it if you err on the dry side.
Gym-goers, we’ve found your match. And if you’re not a gym-goer, this will still work a treat and the sports-vibe might even inspire a spur-of-the-moment run around the park. It’s diddly enough to throw in your gym bag but a small spritz works wonders on even the fullest face of makeup. It also contains menthol so feels incredibly cooling on post-workout skin too. We’re also in awe at how nicely the nozzle diffuses the mist so evenly.
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A good option if you’re outside a lot and need to top up your morning’s SPF without disturbing your foundation. It helps keep your complexion sweat-free in the humidity or sun all while plumping and hydrating skin thanks to the hyaluronic acid it contains. And, it doesn’t compromise on your skin tone – it will mattify oily T-zones while allowing skin’s natural glow to shine through.
If your make-up has vanished at the end of a night out, it means 1. You had a great night out – good on you - and 2. this setting spray was made for you. It’s a cult setting spray and for good reason; once you put it on, your makeup ain’t going anywhere. It keeps foundation, concealer, bronzer – you name it – on lockdown for up to 16 hours and has clever temperature technology that retains make-up no matter how hot or sweaty your face gets – everything stays exactly where it should. If only it could stop us whatsapping our ex as well.
POW_ER TIP: Mist your eye shadow brush with your setting spray. Not only does it help to make it last longer, but it’ll also make the pigment more intense.
The closest thing you can get to skin that glows like you’re in a JLo music video. The nozzle on this one diffuses the product oh so finely, misting your skin with light-reflecting particles to leave it with a luminous finish. It’s not overly dewy either, so it’ll work just as well on oilier skin types as it does on drier ones, though you can get it in a mattifying version if you want to keep oil under control. Yep, if this was an emoji, it would be the sparkle one.
Yup, another Urban Decay one – all of UD’s setting sprays do what they say on the bottle, which makes them a failsafe addition to any makeup bag. This is the one for you if your skin is really oily. It helps to control oil to keep that greasy sheen well away and it feels weightless on your skin. Like the others in the range, it also has temperature control technology to keep your complexion cool. Oily T-zone eruptions are no match for this.
Cheap and cheerful, but not to be underestimated. These setting sprays from NYX come in both a matte and dewy finish and help to keep your make-up in place throughout the day. The Matte Finish will take down shine on oily or hot skin, while the Dewy Finish keeps make-up looking like it’s been freshly applied. At £7 a pop, it would be rude not to, right? Snap up both.
Sometimes, you’ve just gotta dew it. This one is ideal if you love a glowy complexion that’s looking a little lackluster come lunchtime. It helps keep make-up from settling into fine lines and pores, plus, it’s so lightweight you’ll barely notice it there. Your complexion will look like you’ve ‘just applied’ your make-up, even hours later by helping it stay cool, calm and collected all day, every day. Urban Decay also sell their setting sprays in minis which are perfect for refreshing your make-up during the day.
For those who love themselves a super glow, look no further. Barry M's latest setting spray contains light-reflecting particles that bathe your skin in a halo of light. You can also mist this on your legs, arms, décolletage or wherever you need to glow.
Revlon PhotoReady Prep, Set, Refresh Mist, £7.99 (out April 2018)
This new kid on the block doesn't just set your make-up, the 3-in-1 formula will prime and refresh too. The hydrating mist helps soften your skin for make-up application, while the lightweight mist creates a veil over your make-up to keep it in place. You can then spritz as much as you want to freshen up your make-up throughout the day – perfect for top-ups from desk to drinks.
Double up your make-up staying power by finding the perfect make-up primer for your skin type…