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4 Unique Ways to Use Setting Sprays

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4 Unique Ways to Use Setting Sprays

Posted by LiveGlam on Aug 09, 2016

Long-lasting makeup with a smooth finish that just melts into your skin is basically every makeup addict’s dream. With long nights and summer heat, achieving a day to night slay gets harder and harder to do. We just might have a solution for you tho!

Grab yourself a setting spray and start spritzing. Using the right setting spray during your makeup application will improve the overall finish and longevity of your fleek. Check out a few setting sprays that we love and how we use them!

Let’s just start by saying not all sprays are created equal. Different sprays have different ingredients which will make them more or less useful to different people, and how you can apply them to your makeup process.

Primer Sprays

If you like to mist your face before applying makeup for a hydrated, dewy look, then M•A•C Fix + is the way to go. This setting spray contains glycerin and water, which will allow your makeup to sit into your skin and look like skin. It keeps you very dewy and provides a good base for makeup to melt into.

Blending Sprays

If you want to use your setting spray to blend your cream makeup, we suggest MUFE Fix & Mist or M•A•C Fix +. These sprays both have a dewy finish and increase hydration while making your makeup last longer. That’s basically the perfect formula to spritz a few sprays after applying cream products, before blending them with your beauty blender or brush. You can also spray these sprays directly into you brush or beauty blender to dampen them, but make sure you aren’t applying an overly wet sponge or brush to your face!

Finishing Sprays

This is certainly the most common use for setting sprays! Spritzing your face after your makeup is complete to create an all-day finish. For this purpose– any of our favorite sprays will do the job!

Use your M•A•C Fix + or MUFE Fix & Mist to spray before AND after applying setting powder. Spraying your blended cream makeup before powder will create a protective layer and longer lasting finish. Spraying after you apply your powder products will take away the “powdery” look of your makeup and blend everything together. These sprays will are gonna have a dewier finish, too.

You can use Gerard Cosmetics Slay All Day or Ben Nye Final Seal to spray your finished makeup, after applying powders. This will create a long-lasting look and allow your powder products to blend into your skin. These 2 sprays will have more of a mattifying finish. The Gerard Cosmetics spray leaves your face smelling like bouquet of awesome yumminess. And we particularly love the Ben Nye Final Seal for its waterproof properties. This is a great spray if you have to endure some activity or heat– or if you have a date with the pool this summer! The Ben Nye is also great for setting special effects makeup.

Intensifying Sprays

You can use any of these sprays to dampen your skin or makeup brush when applying powder products (like your highlighter or eyeshadow!) to get a bold color pay-off. We like to spritz of Gerard Cosmetics Slay All Day on your cheeks before applying highlight. The super fine mist of this spray works perfectly for that. You can try spritzing some M•A•C Fix + onto your makeup brush when applying eyeshadow pigments or shimmery products to get bolder color and less fall-out. We like M•A•C or MUFE sprays best when applying products to the eyes! Their ingredients are more sensitive to that delicate area. 

Try out a few sprays and see what works best for your skin type. The M•A•C Fix + is a really great, versatile spray if you’re looking for the one that does it all. We really like layering the spray into each step of our application, and it keeps your makeup lasting forever! Don’t be afraid to use a few different sprays to get the perfectly fleek face of your dreams.

Cause, personally, I need my makeup to stay snatched thru rain, wind, or sun. I wanna hike a mountain and look like I just stepped out of the studio. Let a date try to take you swimming– we don’t play! 





Jessica Seifert is a makeup enthusiast with winged liner sharp enough to slay her enemies. She spends her free time turning people into beautiful monsters & zombies. Learning about new makeup techniques and skincare is her passion!

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  • Can a priming spray be used as a setting spray too

  • Can I put my primer/setting spray i on my beauty blender?

    • Yes you can! Make sure to let the spray sink into your sponge before using it (so that it feels damp and not wet)! xoxo

  • I’m having severe creasing and darkening of my undereye makeup after applying translucent powder to set. I’m Using great products and priming so I believe the powder just isn’t working for me. Can I just apply setting spray to my undereyes without the powder? Like maybe spray on blender then dab a bit under eyes? Would that cause creasing and blotching?

    • Hi Bp! You could try this with a lightweight makeup underneath and maybe get away with it- particularly using the MUFE or Ben Nye spray. Use the spray to not cause any blotching- just don't touch it till it dries! Go grab your bae and get them to fan you and feed you grapes.   👍😂   But tbh I would definitely recommend a powder for setting your under eye! Try using a setting spray over the powder (like the Mac) and see if it helps.   Some setting powder I recommend that works on a range of skintone is AirSpun (cheap af- sold at walmart), Ben Nye translucent or banana (pretty cheap) and Laura Mercier translucent [holy grail of translucent powder!] (high end tho!)   Hope that helps! Stay Glam boo! Xoxo

  • Thank you for the info I followed all steps and my make up was flawless

  • Will our makeup last while swimming if we use this spray?

  • I have a problem with my under eyes blackening I guess idk if it’s my eyeliner I’m using (which I been trying different ones) or if maybe I’m oily there or my eyes water idk. I don’t feel my eyes water or I to oily idk so if I bake or set my undereye wit powder will that help maybe dry it ? I tried but think used wrong powder. It happens like within hour or sooner. I also seem to see my liner in water line disappears ASAP as well! So I guessing maybe I need better liners??? Guess I asking would powder under eyes help if not what does? Or is it my liners? Sorry if this post is confusing.

    • Hey girl! Baking your under eye with powder may help, especially if the black is going lower than your immediate lash line area. We have a post with a few really good baking powder options if you want some more info! I would also suggest using a waterproof gel liner (you can get this in pencil version or in a pot!) to help keep the color in place on your eyes. Make sure you set the powder right up to your lash line! Use a smaller brush to get in those tight spaces! Hope that helps! Best Wishes! xoxo

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  • Hey.. I have oily combination skin.. Always makeup looks cakeky.. please help me what can i do for it.. i m using makeup setting spray before n after makeup is it ok for me? My skin looks dull after this problem..😢

  • Can I apply my moisturizer after applying my primer spray

  • awesome read