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There are some days when you just need your makeup to stay put. Whether it's for a big meeting, a night out, a date, or just a long day of various activities (that don't include touching up your makeup)—we all need a good setting spray to help us keep things in place.
That being said, everyone's skin is different and there are thousands of options out there in terms of products. Each one is made up of ingredients that affect dry skin differently than combination or oily skin. So rather than wade through the many, many formulas on your own, we decided to classify which ones work best for specific skin types.
Below, find our picks of the best setting sprays for every skin type.
Best Overall: Urban Decay All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray
This classic has been around for some time and is often a staple in makeup artist kits. It’s really that good. As the name suggests, it provides long wear for those times when you want your makeup to last the most—when you’re out all night with no time for touch-ups. It’s a great choice for anyone because it’s both suitable for all skin types and oil-free.
Arguably the best part: It features patented Temperature Control Technology, which means a few spritzes of this helps to decrease the temperature of your makeup to keep it from melting, even in hot and humid or cold and windy conditions.
Best Budget: MAC Prep + Prime Fix+/ Mini MAC
Another long-time favorite is this mist from MAC. Again, its name is a clear indication of how you can use it: as a priming water to prep skin or after makeup application to affix it and keep it from going anywhere. The trio of green tea, chamomile, and cucumber make it deeply hydrating, not to mention they offer a lovely scent that will have you spritzing throughout the day as a nice little pick me up. And because this is a travel size version, it’s easy for you to bring on the go, storing it in your purse or gym bag.
Pro tip: Bring it in your carry-on bag and spray throughout a flight (being conscious of your fellow passengers so they don’t get sprayed). It will help not only to keep makeup looking top-notch but also prevent skin from becoming dehydrated in the dry plane air.
Best Drugstore: Milani Make It Last Setting Spray Prime + Correct + Set
Similar to the MAC version, this one can be used in a few different ways: before makeup to prime, after makeup to set, and throughout the day to refresh and bring the look of it back to life. It promises 16 hours of wear without creasing or smudging and though it is not completely oil-free, you can rest assured that you’ll be left with a radiant finish.
Best for Oily Skin: Cover FX Mattifying Setting Spray
If you’re worried about getting oily throughout the day, it’s smart to finish your makeup with a spritz of this mattifier. The alcohol-free, quick-drying formula won’t dry out the skin but ensures that it prevents makeup from fading, settling, cracking, or melting. Before using, make sure to shake it and mist over your entire face with your eyes closed so that it covers and locks in your eyeshadow as well, but avoid actually getting it in your eyes.
Pro tip: If you want more shine control from your foundation or concealer, spritz some of the spray onto your brush or sponge before dipping it into those formulas to spike it for a long-wear, slick-free finish.
Best for Dry Skin: Tatcha Luminous Dewy Skin Mist
With highlighter being so popular, this is a great alternative if you’re hesitant about using something that’s too shimmery or glittery. You can get the same healthy, fresh face look in a more natural way than most cosmetic products provide. It’s important to note that a little goes a long way—you wouldn’t want to go too crazy with spraying this because it is laced with over twenty botanical oils (that’s where the dewiness comes from). There’s also an algae and hyaluronic acid combo that helps to moisturize skin, grabbing onto water from the environment and injecting it back into skin so that it remains hydrated and glowing.
Best for Combination Skin: Boscia White Charcoal Mattifying Make Up Setting Spray
One of the trendiest ingredients in skincare right now is charcoal, but there’s not only one type. This spray taps the power of Binchotan white charcoal to control excess oil, detoxify pores, and overall provide balance to the skin. And because oily or combination skin often leads to pores that appear larger, this formula has ingredients to help minimize the look of enlarged pores like artichoke leaf extract and black tea, which is also an antioxidant that helps to protect skin from free radical damage.
Want to take a look at some other options? Check out our guide to the best drugstore setting sprays for serious makeup insurance.