6 superhero setting sprays for oily skin to keep your makeup in place!

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Aug. 26
What is a setting spray?
You’ve probably seen them in the aisles of the drugstore and all over your social media feed, but what are setting sprays, and do they actually work? If you’ve never tried one for yourself, we look at how you can incorporate it into your makeup routine, and we also take a look at the best sprays to try.
There’s nothing worse than spending ages perfecting your makeup look only for it to fade, smudge or slide off. Setting sprays can help your makeup stay put and avoid a meltdown - a few sprays can help you in your quest for complexion perfection!
Do I need a specific spray to suit my oily skin?
If you have oily skin, you’ll be all too familiar with the challenge of preventing shine and avoiding your makeup melting and looking greasy. The good news is that a setting spray can help keep your makeup looking perfectly fresh and matte.
For oilier skins, you’re best to avoid setting sprays that promise to deliver hydration, moisurization, or to deliver a ‘luminescent’ or ‘dewy’ finish. Instead, look for oil-free products that minimize shine and promise to keep oil at bay - keywords to watch out for include ‘mattifying’, ‘lightweight’, and ‘long-lasting’.
How do you use it?
Makeup artists recommend that people with oily skin use a setting spray as a primer before applying makeup, and also after applying makeup to set and seal. If you’re looking for real endurance, then you could spritz lightly after each makeup step, holding the bottle about six inches from your face to ensure a fine mist rather than complete saturation! For the very final to concentrate the product on the parts of your face that tend to get the oiliest.
Which products really work for oily skins?
Here, we’ve done the hard work and picked six setting sprays that really work for oily skins. From drugstore bargains to more expensive cult brands, there’s bound to be one for you. Why not give one of these a try and see what difference it makes to your makeup’s staying power - and to eliminating that shine?
NYX Matte Finish Setting Spray
This budget buy is a cult favorite with both professionals and fans - it’s weightless, quick-drying and contains niacinamide to minimize the appearance of pores, leaving the perfect matte finish. It’s also vegan and cruelty-free.
Milani Make It Last Setting Spray
Drugstore brand Milani delivers with its Make It Last setting spray, which can be used to prime the skin before makeup or to set makeup in place once it’s been applied. It gives up to q6 hours of wear without creasing, smudging or caking. 
Urban Decay All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray
Urban Decay's All Nighter has real staying power - despite being super lightweight, it keeps makeup in place for a full 16 hours, without melting or fading. Although it’s a little on the spendy side, it’s definitely worth it as a bottle will last around 6 months. 
Body Shop Mint Mattifying Face Mist
The Body Shop’s Mint Mattifying Face Mist contains cooling mint extract, which is a natural astringent, as well as kaolin clay which absorbs oil to prevent shine. It is dermatologically-tested and 100% vegetarian. Not only is it refreshing, but it’s makeup friendly too and works really well as a setting spray.
Cover FX Mattifying Setting Spray
Cover FX’s mattifying spray contains kaolin clay to cut down excess oil, and African tree bark to reduce shine and minimize pores. It’s lightweight, alcohol-free, non-drying and long-lasting, and feels comfortable on the skin.
Volition Oil Control Mattifying Mist
Volition Beauty Mattifying Mist uses a natural humectant powder to provide a matte, velvety finish that looks like you’ve powdered your face, without being chalky. For those with sensitive skin, it also contains rosewater to soothe redness and irritation. Win-win!
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