14 Best Setting Sprays of 2023 That Our Editors Love

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Whether you’re going full glam or minimalist with your makeup, it’s important to lock your look in place with one of the best setting sprays around. As the last step of your makeup routine, these sprays basically act as liquid cellophane for your makeup, and they’re the easiest way to ensure your flawlessly applied beauty products don’t melt off.

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But what actually is setting spray? According to Los Angeles-based cosmetic chemist Victoria Vohland, setting spray is made up of three parts: water, alcohol, and a film former. Together, these create a barrier to prevent makeup from slipping. Fun fact: It’s the same chemical formula that’s used in hair gel, but it’s tweaked to be safer and gentle enough to use on the face. “These are very much used in long-wear makeup, especially when [brands] make claims like ’12-hour-wear,'” she previously told Allure.

Using a setting spray may seem pretty simple — just spray it all over your face when you’re done with your makeup, and you’re done, right? Well, if you want to take your makeup application expertise to the next level, New York City-based makeup artist Tommy suggests applying setting spray in a zig-zag motion, starting on the forehead and moving down to the chin. “I spritz it on the skin from a distance to help rehydrate the face after applying makeup,” he says.

Another tip, courtesy of makeup artist Kate Lee, who works with celebrities such as Charlize Theron, Anne Hathaway, and Emma Roberts, is to dampen a Beautyblender with the magic liquid before pressing it on the skin to smooth out dry patches or creased makeup.

With these tips in mind, here are the best makeup setting sprays on the market right now to ensure your makeup stays pristine (underneath a mask or just on its own), according to Allure editors and makeup artists.

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  • Best Overall: Rare Beauty Always An Optimist 4-in-1 Prime & Set Mist”,”brand”:{“name”:””},”id”:”61a688d1d94570c8cbd202c0″,”index”:0,”contentType”:”product”,”offers”:[{“offerUrl”:”https://www.sephora.com/product/rare-beauty-by-selena-gomez-always-an-optimist-4-in-1-prime-set-mist-P55849781″,”price”:”$27″,”currency”:”USD”,”purchaseUri”:”https://cna.st/p/meh9fHuiYWLirz7knjuhASTgYt8JFPwA3zPqvyhxqqyUpVdWyXQkVigpzZo3bmcPgVcdCKJfM1eJgeeLvioC86GskqMtRTs9ktPT1jAorwNX64QxMWcHT58hqDLUaRtGamttfYAQEmccYteXZFdbx6HH8GaByDc5nRpsSKqFc”,”sellerName”:”Sephora”,”countryCode”:””,”reducedPrice”:””}]}” data-testid=”GallerySlideWrapper” orientation=”landscape”>

    Best Overall: Rare Beauty Always An Optimist 4-in-1 Prime & Set Mist

    Why It’s Worth It: For glowy skin that looks and feels great, grab the Rare Beauty Always an Optimist 4-in-1 Prime & Set Mist. The Selena Gomez-founded brand created this quadruple-threat spray to hydrate, refresh, prime, and set makeup with ease. Its ultra-fine mist is infused with niacinamide for a shine-free complexion and sodium hyaluronate, a derivative of hyaluronic acid that’s smaller in molecular weight, to penetrate the surface layer of the skin at different levels for a hydrated, dewy finish.

    Editor Tip: Give its bi-phase formula a shake to combine its key ingredients together, spray it to prep your skin for your makeup routine, and spritz its light-as-air formula again once you’re done to set your makeup masterpiece in place for hours on end.

    Finish: Radiant | Waterproof: No

  • Best for Minimal Makeup: Caliray Surfproof Hydrating Setting Spray”,”brand”:{“name”:””},”id”:”6598381cd7df964b6ed2ee7b”,”index”:1,”contentType”:”product”,”offers”:[{“offerUrl”:”https://www.sephora.com/product/caliray-surfproof-setting-spray-P504293″,”price”:”$35″,”currency”:”USD”,”purchaseUri”:”https://cna.st/p/meh9fHuiYWLirz7knjuhASTgYt8JFPwA3zPqvyhxqqyUpVdWyZCmsSnpe8yW5kBvugaQggJp7v89dwdckEsrBAZvQpLz3uKU1p43QxjshqCgWgzZ7udvrcuj85ZE5xgkp4YmMV9VL7hkcSG86b1yeVoVjbMks7HzegQjZB5DQ”,”sellerName”:”Sephora”,”countryCode”:””,”reducedPrice”:””}]}” data-testid=”GallerySlideWrapper” orientation=”landscape”>

    Best for Minimal Makeup: Caliray Surfproof Hydrating Setting Spray

    Why It’s Worth It: As TikTok’s beauty vloggers have taught us, minimalist makeup trends are not going anywhere. With minimal beauty comes lightweight, flexible hold setting sprays like Caliray’s Surfproof Hydrating Setting Spray. As its name suggests, this finishing spray provides a long-lasting hold with an ultra-fine spritz that treats skin with a cocktail of hydrating glycerin and smoothing prickly pear and agave extracts.

    Editor Tip: Oily skin types will love this long-lasting setting spray for its oil-minimizing finish, thanks to the addition of zinc lactate in its formula.

    Finish: Natural, softly blurred | Waterproof: No

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