How to use setting spray before the makeup? A Detailed Guide

How to use setting spray before the makeup

How to use setting spray before the makeup? Guide. 

Wait, What! Did I just read correctly? Is setting spray not meant to be applied after a full makeup? I’m sure these are the questions on your mind right now. Well, I’m here to tell you that the only rule in makeup is no rules. And Yes! You can use setting sprays before applying your makeup. 

How to use setting spray before the makeup

Setting sprays, also commonly called finishing spray, are cosmetic products designed to hold your makeup in place for a longer duration. Imagine spending the time and putting in love to make yourself look good, and then it doesn’t even last. Oh no, you probably didn’t know setting sprays could do the magic, allowing the makeup to last for as long as you want it to. 

If you would like to know how, please read this article to the end.

What exactly is the essence of a setting spray?

The essence of a setting spray is to make sure your makeup is long-lasting. In simple terms, a setting spray is usually in the liquid mist form, composed of water and alcohol, and is used to achieve a long-lasting makeup look. 

It prevents your makeup from smudging or shifting, making it fresh and long-lasting. It gives your makeup that lock-in effect. It also acts as a protective veil to protect your makeup from water, sweat, and dust. You get the perfect dewy and glowing look from your makeup. After putting all that work and effort into achieving your best makeup look, a setting spray comes in handy to give your look a long-lasting effect.


Can I use setting spray on my face without makeup?

Yes, you can! I know we are used to the normal order of applying setting spray after doing our makeup for most of us. However, there has been a new trend on TikTok of applying setting spray before applying foundation or other makeup. The method has been proven to give your face a dewy finish and glowing results. 

Applying setting spray to your face before makeup is beneficial to make your makeup last even longer. Some settings spray contains SPF 50 and works as a great sunscreen. Applying setting spray before makeup would lock in the foundation even better. The moisture from the setting spray makes the foundation blend smoothly across your face. 


Does setting spray work?

Of course, Setting sprays works. You’d easily be able to detect when a person does not use a setting spray. I tried experimenting with some makeup products a while back and chose not to apply setting spray on my makeup. It was a total disaster!

Guys, the weather was definitely against me that day, and I was sweating off my makeup. It was horrible! If I had known this earlier, I wouldn’t have missed applying a setting spray. Setting spray serves as a protective barrier to keep your makeup locked in. It should be your most prized possession. 

It would be quite disappointing for all the hard work and efforts you put into creating a flawless look to go down the drain. I’d advise that you always have your setting spray handy to give you a long-lasting makeup look. 


Does Setting Spray work for all Skin Type?

Typically, setting sprays are formulated to be suitable for all skin types. Whether you have oily, dry, or even sensitive skin, there will always be a setting spray that caters to your skin needs. Setting Sprays are usually formulated with natural ingredients. If you have baby allergies, it is advised that you pay close attention to the ingredients used to know if they would be suitable for application on your face.

How to Use Setting Spray without makeup?

If you have decided to try out this trend at home, follow the steps below;

  • Step 1–  Start with your skincare routine. Moisture your face with your preferred moisturizer.
  • 400;”>Step 2– If you have oily skin, dab some setting powder on your T zone area. It would help blur out the pores. 
  • Step 3 – Shake the setting spray bottle and hold it ten inches to your face.
  • Step 4– Spray generously in a T and X motion. 
  • Step 5– Let it sit on your face for 10 – 15 seconds until it is damp. 
  • Step 6apply your primer at this point. 
  • Step 7– Apply your foundation with a brush or a beauty blender. 
  • Step 8– Apply other makeup products that you desire.

Although this might look somewhat backward, it is sure to give you makeup that dewy finish looks and make your makeup last much longer. 

Can I make my DIY setting spray?

Oh, you definitely can. If you are worried about setting sprays being harmful to your face, you should try out some of these natural substitutes.

1. Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera is very versatile and can be a substitute for setting spray when mixed with lavender oil. To make Aloe Vera setting spray;

  • Mix two tablespoons of aloe Vera gel with three droplets of lavender oil. 
  • Add one and a half cups of water and pour in a spray bottle that has been sterilized. 
  • Shake to combine thoroughly. 
  • Your Aloe Vera-lavender setting spray is then ready to use. 


2. Witch Hazel and Rice Water Setting Spray

Witch Hazel is a medicinal plant that is very versatile. It helps treat inflammation and soothes sensitivity. It also reduces skin irritations. Thus, making it an important ingredient in your DIY setting spray. Also, rose water is rich in antioxidants and helps reduce oil production on the face, making it a perfect choice for people with oily skin. 

To make a setting spray with witch hazel and rose water;

  • Mix one tablespoon of witch hazel and one tablespoon of rose-tone with one and a half cups of water in a spray bottle. 
  • Shake well and use.    

Top setting spray hacks you should know about

1. Setting your eyebrows

After drawing your eyebrows, it cannot be very pleasant if they do not stay in place. A great way to keep them in ace is to spritz some setting spray on your spoolie brush and use it to brush your eyebrows. It would also give your eyebrows a more natural look.

2 Create your eyeliners

Eyeliners are superior products used to achieve a flawless eye look, and trust me; you would not want to rub out of it. Perhaps you’ve run out of eyeliner, or better still, you want to create an eyeliner in a color of your choice, then this hack would come in handy.

Spritz some setting spray on your eyeliner brush and dip the brush generously in your eyeshadow palette to create this eyeliner. The setting spray would help the pigment stick on the brush and help achieve any eyeliner look you desire. 

3. Use it in place of a primer.

Both primers and setting sprays help keep your makeup in place for a longer duration. So, if you run out of primer in the middle of your makeup session, you can always reach out for your setting spray and apply it to hold your makeup in place.

4. Make your eyeshadow stand out.

Spritzing setting spray on your eyeshadow brush before dipping it into your eyeshadow palette can help the pigment stick better on it. It would help to intensify your eyeshadow look once applied. 

5. To make your highlighter pop.

To intensify the look of your highlighter, spray some on your brush before dipping it to your highlighter. Once you apply it to your face, it adds that perfect shine and dewy glow to your face. 

6. Prevent makeup from falling out

Setting sprays are designed to keep your makeup in place and prevent it from shifting or falling out. If you want a long-lasting makeup look, you should never end your makeup session without applying the setting spray.



Is it healthy to use setting spray on my skin?

Setting sprays is essential to achieve a flawless and long-lasting makeup look. However, you should apply caution before using any setting sprays as they are not skincare ingredients. Some alcohol-based setting sprays can cause dryness and even irritations to your skin. Thus, it is important to moisturize your skin first before proceeding to apply any setting spray.

It would be best to look out for setting sprays that you can use on all skin types, including sensitive skin. You’d also want to check out the ingredients used in formulating the setting spray before applying it on your face if you have allergies. 

Can I use the setting spray every day?

Generally, setting sprays are not made to be everyday products. They are used to make your makeup long-lasting. Because most setting sprays are alcohol-based, excessive usage can cause dryness and irritations on your skin. You should opt for a non-alcohol-based setting spray if you intend to use it frequently.

Can I substitute setting spray with setting powder?

400;”>Setting spays and setting powder are similar in that they help keep your makeup in place. However, Setting powder, unlike setting sprays, is designed with your skin in mind. Setting powder helps to absorb excess oil on your face. 

While you can use both together or separately as substitutes, setting spray keeps your makeup much longer than setting spray. However, if you have oily or sensitive skin, setting powder is a much better option. 

Are setting sprays the same as face mists?

Setting Sprays and face mists are quite similar in that they come in mist form. However, they serve different purposes. Face mists are made to hydrate the face and give it a more dewy appearance. They serve as moisturizers. 

On the other hand, Setting Sprays serve as a protective veil to help keep your makeup in place for a longer period. 

Can I use primer and setting spray together?

Yes, you can achieve a more lasting makeup look. Although primer and setting sprays are designed to help your makeup last longer and enhance your makeup look, they are designed to work differently. 

Primers are usually applied before applying makeup. It helps smoothen out fine lines and minimize oil production throughout the day. Also, setting sprays helps prevent your makeup from smudging.

A combined application of primers and setting sprays would result in a flawless, long-lasting, and dewy makeup finish.



So, there you have it. I believe this article clarifies your doubts about setting sprays. Whether you choose to apply your setting spray before or after applying makeup, the choice is yours. The most important is you get the effect and looks that you desire. 

And oh, If you’ve never tried using a setting spray, I’ll advise you should soon. You’d get to see the benefits you are missing. As always, stay beautiful and rock that dewy look you get from using your setting spray!

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