15 Best Makeup Setting Sprays (That'll Make Your Face Last And Last And Last)

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Ah, summer. The lazy days at the pool, the bonfires on the beach, the outdoor concerts, and of course, all the rosé. But if you want your summer to feel like a Katy Perry song, you have to prep a little. Because the heat and humidity that are the reason for all that fun come with a price: makeup meltdown.

Luckily, there’s an easy beauty product to add to your routine that will be a total game-changer. Getting your hands on the best makeup setting spray is a real game changer. Makeup setting sprays don’t just keep your foundation flawless, they also help fight other hot-weather woes, like oily skin and even sun damage. Just a couple of spritzes, and your look will last up to 16 hours. Seriously. 


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Here are the 15 best makeup setting sprays that lock down your look (and don’t feel like hairspray on your face) so you can focus on having the best summer of your life.

1. Supergoop! SPF 50 Defense Refresh Setting Mist Sunscreen

This makeup setting spray from Supergoop! is a great pick-me-up on even the sweatiest days. It's got SPF 50 for those of us who don't mess with the sun, and its fresh rosemary and mint smell calms you when the heat and humidity make you think it'd be cool to strangle someone.

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2. Coola Makeup Setting Spray SPF 30

Coola’s spray keeps your makeup melt-free, and also contains a miracle ingredient of the moment: hyaluronic acid. That means while you're going about your day, the spray is working to soften, tone and rehydrate your skin. Bonus!

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3. Kate Somerville Soft Focus Makeup Setting Spray SPF 50, Matte finish

This is another great option if you're looking for a setting spray with SPF. It provides no-fuss sun protection, and the fine mist spray diffuses light in a way that blurs lines and wrinkles, leaving you with a "soft focus" look.  

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4. Ulta SPF 50 Sunscreen Rose Water Setting Spray

I recently found out that a good number of my friends — none of whom are teenagers and therefore all of whom should know better — don’t wear SPF every day. I'm not really sure how this is possible, since basically everything I put on my face has at least some SPF in it, whether I was looking for it or not. In any case, it's become my mission to fix this, so I'll be handing out this rose water spray from Ulta like Mardi Gras beads.

A matte finish with SPF 50 for $10? It'll convert anyone.   

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5. Urban Decay All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray

All Nighter from Urban Decay literally lets your makeup last longer than you should rightly be awake. Fans call this stuff magic, and the best product you'll ever use. If you're serious about never having to reapply makeup, this stuff is for you.

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6. Too Faced HangoveRx 3-in-1 Replenishing Primer and Setting Spray

This spray can be used as a primer, a setting spray, or refresher. Which is great if you actually do have a hangover, because it means you absolutely can’t mess it up. It just helps your skin look hydrated and glowy, no matter how dead and gray you feel on the inside.

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7. Pixi Makeup Fixing Mist

Pixi products became a cult favorite at Target thanks to their glow tonic, which brightens and clears up basically anyone, no matter what your skin type. Their makeup fixing mist is just as good, working to keep makeup in place without settling in to fine lines or wrinkles.

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8. MAC Prep + Prime Fix + Finishing Mist Shimmer

Maybe some days, you want a flawless, finished look. MAC's Prep + Prime Finishing mist can help with that, and make sure your look lasts all day. But maybe some days, you just want to do something to make yourself presentable and don't want to bother with the whole makeup thing.

MAC’s mist can help with that too, which makes it kind of amazing. Just spray it on clean (or you know, close to that) skin to even out your complexion and add a little glow.  

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9. Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Water

Smashbox’s original Photo Finish primer was what introduced me to the whole world of primers and setters, and it was a game changer. The primer water is like the 2.0 of the original. You can use it before or after makeup, and it really does feel like water. But somehow it keeps your makeup in place for 10 hours or longer.

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10. Urban Decay Chill Cooling and Hydrating Makeup Setting Spray

If you’ve ever tried a setting spray and thought it felt sticky or greasy on your skin, you'll be amazed by this cooling spray from Urban Decay. You’ll probably totally forget you even used it until you look in the mirror and realize you don't need to do any touch ups. Seriously, it's that good.

(Sephora, check for rates and availability)

11. Makeup Forever Mix and Fix Setting Spray

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I mean, the company's name is literally Makeup Forever. It'd be embarrassing if they didn't make a great makeup setting spray. Get the mini size, which is perfect for freshening up after the gym or after you've walked a few blocks in the damn summer heat.  

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12. E.L.F. Mist & Set

This is as basic a setting spray as they come, but it sure does get the job done. It doesn't have moisturizer or SPF in it, and it won't leave you looking dewy, but if you're going out and you know you're going to be sweating, this is stuff is a $6 secret weapon for keeping your makeup in place.

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13. NYX Professional Dewy Finish Makeup Setting Spray

When it's well past 90-degrees out and humidity is at 100, it's kind of hard to feel sexy. But what if you could feel sultry? You'll take it, right? Well, NYX's makeup setting spray will make you feel uber-sultry, leaving you with a dewy glow no matter how swampy it is outside.

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14. Model in a Bottle Make Up Setting Spray for Sensitive Skin

Model in a Bottle's setting spray is perfect for drier, more sensitive skin and also for anyone with Rosacea. If you're allergy-prone, this is a great place to start too. It’s a natural-scented finishing spray that seals in your makeup and holds it in place for an entire day, with no redness or breakouts expected.

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15. Milani Make It Last Setting Spray

Milani claims this spray will let you set it and forget it when it comes to your makeup, so you can move on to more important things and slay all day. Cheesy hype, but the stuff works well enough for you to come up with 16 hours' worth of other Beyoncé lyrics to embody.

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Catherine LeFebvre is a writer and editor living in LA with her goldendoodle, Grover Cleveland. Her husband and son live with them too. She’s done time with Martha Stewart (here, not here), Food Network, and Nickelodeon. You can follow her on Instagram @discolefebvre.

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