We’ve all had days when we have left the house with flawless make-up, only to notice by lunchtime that our foundation or eyeshadow has started to smudge or fade.
Thankfully, a make-up setting spray is the perfect solution to this problem.
Much like hairspray, it is applied at the end of your beauty routine to lock in the make-up and help it last longer.
Unlike setting powders that just protect make-up such as foundation, blush and concealer, a setting spray can be applied to your entire face and it will help keep eyeshadow, mascara and lipstick from smudging as well.
The mist of a setting spray also helps prevent caking, creasing and settling into fine lines or wrinkles.
The right setting spray can also improve the look and health of your skin.
Some products feature ingredients that work to hydrate, while others help protect your skin from the sun's harmful rays and boost elasticity.
Like most make-up products, the number of setting sprays on the market can be overwhelming.
So we did the research to find the best options available.
Whether you are looking for a setting spray that works best for your skin type, or one that features sun protection factor, these are the setting sprays that will keep your make-up looking great – day and night.
Here are the 5 best make-up setting sprays you can buy:
The best make-up setting spray overall
Urban Decay All Nighter Long-Lasting Make-up Setting Spray
Why you’ll love it: the spray is a cult favourite because it keeps make-up looking freshly applied all day.
It has been one of the most popular for years.
Not only does it keep your make-up in place for up to 16 hours, but it also makes your skin look smoother.
Plus it works on all skin types and prevents make-up from cracking, fading or settling into fine lines.
Unlike other setting sprays that can feel sticky when first applied, this spray goes on as a micro-fine mist that you will barely feel.
It is made with a patented temperature-control technology that actually lowers your make-up temperature to help keep it in place even in hot, humid and windy conditions.
The spray is an Allure Best of Beauty winner and has been recommended by both InStyle and Elle magazines.
It has received more than 430,000 likes from users on the website of beauty-store chain Sephora, with more than 8,000 reviewers giving it a 4.4-star average rating.
One Sephora shopper wrote: “I love wearing make-up, but have always had a problem with it fading and/or smudging (especially eyeliner).
“I’ve tried probably everything on the market to prevent this. This spray is unbelievable.
“I can put on my make-up at 6am before work and when I get home after 7pm, it still looks perfect – has not smudged or faded at all! SO happy to have finally found a product that works for me!”
The spray may be on the pricier side, but it comes in a mini size as well, so you can test it before you splurge on the standard- or jumbo-size bottles.
Pros: lightweight mist, keeps make-up in place for up to 16 hours, makes skin look smoother, works on all skin types and in all climates
The best make-up setting spray for oily skin
NYX Matte Finish Make-up Setting Spray
Why you'll love it: if oily skin makes your make-up melt or run, try the NYX Matte Finish Make-up Setting Spray.
It is a long-lasting setting spray that helps your make-up last all day and night.
If you have oily skin, you’ll no longer have to worry about looking shiny, as the spray will leave your make-up with a gorgeous matt finish.
Fans of the product say that not only does it keep their make-up in place for hours, but it also stops excess oil from breaking through.
Many reviewers said they normally had to use blotting paper to remove excess oil by midday, but now they no longer have to do so thanks to this handy spray.
The affordable product went viral in 2017 after a shopper named Sofia left a five-star review on the Ulta Beauty website, which said: “I was hit by a car and through the hit itself, the rain, the ambulance ride, and the hours in hospital my make-up stayed completely intact the entire time.
“When I was discharged from the hospital I had to take off my make-up and none of it had moved.
“If this setting spray can survive being hit by a car then that is all the proof I need and I’ll definitely be buying it again.”
A few shoppers said that the spray has a strong smell at first, but that it wears off after a minute once the spray sinks in.
Pros: keeps make-up in place for hours, prevents excess oil from breaking through, sleek matt finish, affordable
Cons: strong smell at first
The best make-up setting spray for dry skin
Too Faced Hangover 3-in-1 Setting Spray
Why you’ll love it: looking for a setting spray that hydrates and moisturises skin? Then try the Too Faced Hangover 3-in-1 Setting Spray.
The spray is a multitasking mist that works in three ways.
It can be used as a primer before putting on make-up, a setting spray to lock make-up in place and a refreshing spray whenever your skin is in need of a boost.
It is specially formulated with coconut water, probiotic-based ingredients and skin revivers that work together to smooth, hydrate and brighten skin, while at the same time promoting the skin’s elasticity and tone.
The product has a 4.54-star rating on Influenster, the product review website, and has more than 80,000 likes on Sephora.
One reviewer wrote: “I have extremely dry skin and this is AMAZING. It hydrates and refreshes and I use it throughout the day.
“Without it, my make-up usually gets flaky but this fixes the problem. Love this spray and will always get more.”
A few people said the spray bottle’s spritzer was very powerful and can drench you if sprayed too close to your face.
They recommend holding the bottle at least six inches (15 centimetres) away when applying.
Pros: 3-in-1 product, keeps make-up in place for hours, hydrating and refreshing
Cons: Drenches if sprayed too close
The best eco-friendly make-up setting spray
Farmacy Skin Dew Hydrating Setting Spray
Why you’ll love it: Farmacy Skin Dew Hydrating Setting Spray is eco-friendly, and tones skin while keeping make-up looking fresh for hours.
If you prefer to buy eco-friendly products then try this spray. The product works like a regular setting spray locking make-up into place, but it also tones skin.
The spray contains glycerine to provide moisture and hydration, natural polymers to help set make-up and stop oil migration, and Echinacea GreenEnvy, a patent-protected variant of echinacea purpurea, to help boost collagen.
The spray has a Clean Seal at Sephora, which means it’s made without the ingredients that shoppers told Sephora they’d like to avoid, including sulphates, parabens, formaldehydes and phthalates.
It works on all skin tones and types including combination and sensitive skin.
The eco-friendly spray has a 3.9-star rating on Influenster and more than 10,000 likes on Sephora.
One reviewer said: “This is honestly the best product I’ve ever bought from Sephora.
“I got it as a deluxe sample and fell in love with it.
“Absolutely worth the money. It works AMAZINGLY well.
“I wore it the other day when I had to be on a golf course for 6 hours in 90-degree heat – my make-up was still flawless at the end of the day. Very lightweight and doesn’t clog my pores.”
Pros: Clean Seal at Sephora, eco-friendly, tones skin while keeping make-up in place, boosts collagen, works on all skin types
The best make-up setting spray with sun protection factor
Supergoop! Defense Refresh Setting Spray
Why you'll love it: if you're in the market for a setting spray that offers sun protection, try the Supergoop! Defense Refresh Setting Spray.
Normally you can only put on SPF before putting on make-up, because if you try to reapply SPF over make-up it will cause it to smear or melt off. The Supergoop! spray changes all that.
This innovative product works like a regular make-up setting spray, but it features SPF 50 so you can reapply SPF over your make-up throughout the day without ruining it.
The formula is water- and sweat-resistant, so it will keep your make-up in place even in the most humid and damp environments.
It is also 100 per cent cruelty-free and made without any parabens, synthetic fragrances or oxybenzone.
It has been featured in both Women's Health and Allure magazine's lists of best make-up setting sprays and has more than 30,000 likes on Sephora’s website.
One reviewer wrote: “The easiest way ever to add SPF into my beauty routine.
“I had this recommended to me during my custom makeover and I am honestly more excited about this than any make-up I bought.
“Not only does it set my make-up but I can also use it on days I’m not wearing make-up and I’ll still get the SPF, perfect for summer. I love Supergoop!!”
A few reviewers did complain about the nozzle clogging up sometimes, and suggest wiping it down after each use.
Pros: SPF protection, keeps make-up locked in for hours, water and sweat resistant, cruelty-free
Cons: nozzle can get clogged
This article originally appeared on Business Insider.