That dewy, glowy makeup look is still very much in. The proof? The number of products out there that can help you achieve that much-coveted look, like highlighters, the right foundation, and primers. And of course, how you prep your skin beforehand plays a big factor on the glowy scale. Taking care of your skin is important if you want any type of flawless makeup look, whether you’re going for something dewy or matte.
I’ve tried a lot of these glowy makeup products and have my list of favorites, but the one product that makes my skin even more radiant is my setting spray. I love Urban Decay’s setting spray so much that it’s been a mainstay in my makeup bag for 10 years. Aside from my beloved BB cream, it’s probably the longest relationship I’ve ever had with a beauty product.
What can I say? It really works for me. After spending so much time applying your makeup, the last thing you want to do is have it smudge or disappear halfway through the day or night. This spray keeps everything in place for hours, without a sticky or tight feeling, which is so key. I’ve tried Urban Decay’s various types of setting sprays, but the one I love using is the Ultra Glow All Nighter ($33) one.
The spray leaves a radiant finish to your skin—not wet or sweaty looking but just the right amount of dew. It gives the kind of glow that will get the compliments rolling in. It’s also refreshing and cooling, which is a nice little burst of self-care while I’m getting ready, and it kind of perks me up for whatever I’m doing next.
I always use the spray whenever I put on makeup, even when I’m just swiping on some concealer and mascara and calling it a day. It just completes the ritual for me and leaves me looking polished, even if I’m just going for a casual feel.
A good setting spray can do so much for your makeup and skin. It “sets” your makeup and makes it long-lasting, and some can even hydrate your skin and protect it from drying out. If you’re not into the dewy look, there are always matte finishes out there, too. You’ve got options!
Take a look at some other highly rated setting sprays below.
This setting spray provides 16 hours of coverage with extra-hydrating ingredients like Japanese green tea. It also minimizes the appearance of pores for a smoother finish. If you want a product that’s multitasking, this one will do the job. Not only does it set makeup, but it also can work as a primer and blur imperfections. This setting spray has a lot of staying power—up to 24 hours to be precise. It’s water-resistant and lightweight, so you won’t feel like you’re wearing something heavy during those 24 hours. Dior’s Airflash Radiance Mist is another three-in-one product: primer, setting spray, and refresher. It contains light-enhancing pigments and hyaluronic acid to leave your skin glowy and plumped. For an affordable drugstore option, Maybelline’s Lasting Fix is one of the top choices out there. It leaves you with a fresh, matte finish that lasts for 16 hours. This one is absolutely perfect for daytime makeup since it also has SPF 40 protection. It contains rosemary and mint to make your skin flawless and optical-diffusing silica silylate to reduce shine. Enriched with vitamins, minerals, green tea, chamomile, and cucumber, this setting spray is soothing and hydrating. The lightweight formula sets your makeup for up to 12 hours. With close to 40,000 rating and 4.5 out of 5 stars on Amazon, this one is the real deal. One reviewer wrote, “This is one of my top three favorite products ever! My makeup stays put all day and evening until I remove it, and I’ve got oily skin, so for me to say this is seriously amazing. I love this stuff!” For the dewiest finish, look no further than this setting spray from Anastasia Beverly Hills. The lightweight product smooths and refreshes skin. It’s coconut and vanilla scented, too. Here’s another setting spray with SPF protection. The fine mist sets makeup, reduces shine, leaves a matte finish, hydrates, and softens the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Sounds good, right? Not only does this face mist keep your makeup in place, but it’s also infused with good-for-the-skin ingredients like knotgrass, dandelion, and fig extracts to firm, cleanse, and soothe your face. Milk’s setting spray is unique because it contains hemp-derived cannabis-seed extract and oil, which work with other ingredients like blue agave extract, hyaluronic acid, aloe, niacinamide, and moringa-seed oil to refresh and lock in moisture. It leaves a glassy, radiant finish. Smashbox’s primer is already a cult favorite, and its setting spray doesn’t disappoint. It provides 16 hours of comfortable coverage. Plus, it’s free of sulfates, parabens, mineral oil, and formaldehyde. Keep your makeup in place and your skin hydrated with this mist. It leaves a healthy, glowy finish. Infused with coconut water and probiotic-based ingredients, this three-in-one product primes, sets makeup, and leaves skin moisturized. You can also use it as a refresher throughout the day. Next up, FYI: This Is Why J.Lo’s Skin Is So Damn Glowy at 50