Long-time blog reader and friend Tameeka asks: What exactly is a makeup setting spray and how do I use it?
Great question! Apparently I have been mentioning setting sprays on my blog over the years, but I’ve never really explained what they do and I why I use them. In this post, for example, about how I prevent my foundation from looking cakey, I write this: ‘If I’m using a liquid foundation (I mostly use liquid), I love spritzing a bit of setting spray on my brush before applying, because it helps to smooth out the foundation, spread it more evenly. It ensures it doesn’t go on too heavily.’
And in this post from 2010 I talk about my favorite makeup setting spray, one by Urban Decay. I write: ‘De-slick is a setting spray that is now the final step to my makeup routine. It’s a spray that you spray on top of your make up. It prevents loss of color, melting, sliding, caking, cracking, excess shine, fading blush, drooping eye shadow and lip color disappearance.’
Well, now, 3 years later, I can say that I use a setting spray EVERY SINGLE TIME I apply makeup. It has become the final and fixed step in my makeup routine, the last thing I do… always! If I skip it, my makeup just doesn’t look right.
In fact, on this last Black Friday I didn’t go out shopping, but I did go online to try to find a website that had a good deal on my all time favorite setting spray. And I found one! LeCosmetique.com was having a great sale ($5 off $25 and free shipping), so I ordered another bottle of my current favorite, the Model in a Bottle Make up Setting Spray. I also got something else (see pic below), which I will review in a different post.
My Black Friday purchases
Model in a Bottle’s Make up Setting Spray is AWESOME, even better than Urban Decay’s De-Slick Oil control Makeup Setting Spray that I was using before. Model in a Bottle has two formulas, the ‘original’, but also one for sensitive skin. I prefer the one for sensitive skin, because of the added benefit of essential oils of lavender and Aloe Vera. This combination adds moisture to the skin and helps control inflammation. And it just works better than the original in my opinion.
Model in a Bottle recently revamped their bottles. This is how the new bottle looks like.
Of all the setting sprays I’ve tried, Model in a Bottle is my favorite now, because it does a great job at locking in my makeup with just a few sprays. It’s resistant to smudging, tears, humidity and water. It also makes my makeup look less powdery. As you probably know I have super oily skin. I also live in Kentucky where it gets really hot and humid almost all year long. This spray makes sure my makeup stays in place and it also has a matte finish.
How I use it
After my makeup is done, I close my eyes and spray this evenly over my entire face. It wait about 25 seconds before opening my eyes and then I’m good to go. Before spraying this on my face, I do have to wait until my mascara and eyeliner are completely dry, otherwise I’ll end up with mascara all over my cheeks (that has happened a few times!). Also, I try to remember to also close my mouth while spraying. Hihi! The main ingredient of setting sprays is alcohol; you don’t want this in your throat… Take these two things in consideration and you’ll be good!
Where to buy
You can find Model in a Bottle Setting Spray on their website or on Le Cosmetique. It regularly retails for $18. Also, keep checking Groupon. I once purchased a bottle from there as well and paid just $11.99. Score!