With summer heat peaking, your makeup may be struggling to hold up. While many people believe that setting sprays are unnecessary in your makeup routine, they can make all the difference in how your product holds up throughout the day, with some even claiming to keep makeup looking fresh for up to 24 hours!

We know that picking the best product for your skin can be a difficult task, so we asked makeup artists Hannah Martin and Rachel Singer Clark to share some of their favourites with us. “I’ve tried lots of setting sprays, some better than others, but two of my favourites to help makeup stay in place (rather than simply rehydrating and revitalising makeup) are Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Setting Spray and Urban Decay All Nighter,” she said. “You can literally jump in the pool and your makeup won’t run when wearing the All Nighter setting spray and it now comes in many guises from the Original to Ultra Matte and the Vitamin C variant, it’s a real OG of setting sprays.”

Rachel recommends the Kate Somerville Setting Spray with SPF 50. “I use this to finish my look when I know the model is going out into daylight to shoot or on myself through today as it revives makeup and makes sure I am protected. It smells of lavender too and has a cooling effect on the skin.”

Setting sprays are a great final touch to your look and can give a more polished end result. “The Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush flawless gently blurs the appearance of the surface of the skin, it’s some kind of magic, and much like the All Nighter, film formers lock your makeup in place for a good 16 hours,” continues Hannah. 

A spray won't magically seal wet makeup.

She notes that she still uses a setting powder before a setting spray to ensure makeup is locked into place, adding “A spray won’t magically seal wet makeup.” 


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Makeup artist Lisa Potter-Dixon shares her tips with us on how to use setting spray. “Wet a brush with your setting spray and dip into your eyeshadow to create a pigmented smokey liner,” she recommends.

She tells us it works brilliantly with all powder and metallic shadows, adding extra vibrance to the shade. She adds, “only dip your brush into one corner of your shadow as getting setting spray all over the powder will prevent you from being able to blend it without the spray in the future.”


Wet a brush with your setting spray and dip into your eyeshadow to create a pigmented smokey liner.

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