If you’re not setting your makeup, why are you even wearing it? You worked for that beat so make it last! Setting and finishing sprays help faces stay beat a little while longer. Of course I have favorite sprays in each category and I’ll talk about those but I really want to let you know the difference between a setting spray and finishing spray.
All facial sprays are not made equal and usually you can determine a spray’s purpose from its label. Setting sprays are designed to keep your makeup in place. These work especially well on days you’ll be in full face for a while (think of weddings and special events) and want to ensure nothing budges. Nobody wants their face slipping and sliding midday.
A finishing spray works a bit differently because these sprays usually come in different formulas, for example glow, dewy, matte, natural, etc. These types of sprays help to refresh your makeup look throughout the day and finalize your makeup look after setting with powder. Once you set with a powder things can look a bit dry afterwards, these finishing sprays help eliminate that powdery finish but keep your look, hence the reason they come in different formulas and can be used as refreshers.
Can a setting spray also be a finishing and refresher spray? Sure can! Should you double up on sprays? You don’t have to but I recently started using two sprays and I love how the sprays combined work to keep my makeup in place. I tend to spray my setting spray before I drown myself in a finishing spray, my favorite combination right now is the Mary Kay Makeup Finishing Spray by Skindinavia with the Pixi by Petra Glow Mist.
I’ve heard nothing but rave reviews about Ben Nye’s Final Seal so I’ll be picking that up to put it to the test. And I’m currently trying out Boscia’s White Charcoal Mattifying Makeup Setting Spray, a review on that will be available soon. Ultimately, there are sprays to fit what your needs are, don’t let the beat go to waste by forgetting to set it.
What’s your holy grail setting or finishing spray? Let’s chat in the comments!