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All The Makeup Setting Sprays That'll Work Harder Than You Party

Essentials for perfect selfies all night long.

Makeup setting sprays have come a long way from the time it was just a mainstay in pro makeup artists’ tool kit to claiming its rightful place on the vanities of countless women all over the world. And contrary to popular belief, it isn’t only during summer months that makeup setting sprays become indispensable.

If you have oily skin, chances are, your foundation will start to look shiny by the time you’re about to head out for lunch. To keep shine in check, try a setting spray that has mattifying properties. They usually contain ingredients that absorb excess shine so your makeup stays flawless longer. On the other hand, if you have dry skin, don’t think for a second that you are spared from using setting sprays. The truth is, even those with dry skin could use with a few spritzes of these setting sprays because when your skin is dry, makeup is unable to adhere seamlessly onto skin surface, which leads to it being more susceptible to fading and streaking. If you struggle with dry skin, look for those that contain humectants to infuse skin with a dose of moisture. This plumps skin surface so makeup applies smoother and stays on longer.

And if your makeup is prone to oxidation making your complexion look duller as the day goes by, look for those that are infused with antioxidants. This fights free radicals so oxidation is kept to a minimum so your makeup looks as fresh as it was the moment you applied it in the morning. Here, the best makeup setting sprays that are suitable for all skin types.

For All Skin Types: Dior Backstage Airflash Radiance Mist, $80 for 70ml
Inspired by Dior makeup artists’ backstage techniques, this glow-enhancing mist leaves makeup more resistant to melting, caking, sliding and fading through heat, humidity and sweat. Thanks to its formula of light-reflecting pigments and hyaluronic acid, it plumps skin surface, imparts a healthy radiance and helps makeup last longer. You can even use this under makeup to prep it for foundation application, as well as to give skin a hydration boost anytime during the day. For Shine-Prone Skin: L’Oreal Paris Infallible Makeup Extender Setting Spray, $23.90 for 100ml
As its name suggests, this setting spray is like an invisible shield, protecting the longevity of makeup so you never have to worry about touching up as you party hop throughout the night. With an oil-free mist that is ultra-fine, this formula locks in your eye, face and lip makeup so it doesn’t melt, fade, smudge or crease. All you have to do is spritz onto skin after makeup application, and you’re all set for the day (and night). For Dry Skin: Omorovicza Magic Moisture Mist, about $112 for 50ml, from Net-A-Porter
More than just a makeup setting spray that remains on the skin surface, this bi-phase formula penetrates skin to improve skin texture and its ability to retain moisture. Give the bottle a good shake before your apply. With each spritz, your skin is infused with plant stem cells, botanical oils and the brand’s signature Healing Concentrate minerals. Not only does it provide skin with moisture so makeup adheres better, it also delivers antioxidants to protect skin, while botanical oils nourish dry skin and healing minerals help to soothe irritation. With each use, dull and parched skin is transformed into a plump and glowing complexion. For Dull Skin: GlamGlow Glowsetter Makeup Setting Spray, $45 for 110ml
Harnessing the benefits of its signature Teaoxi Complex, this refreshing makeup setting spray gives skin an instant boost of hydration, antioxidants and caffeine to plump, protect and energise tired-looking skin. With a soft, cloud-like mist, it envelops your skin in just a couple of spritzes for a glamorous glow that is worth of Hollywood stars. For Enlarged Pores: Too Faced Peach Mist Mattifying Setting Spray, $49 for 120ml
Upon application, watch as this lightweight mist soaks up excess shine and leaves skin with a soft focus effect for a flawless effect. Thanks to its exclusive comfort matte technology, it keeps shine at bay without making your skin feel tight or uncomfortable. Plus, the delectable scent of peach and sweet fig cream just leaves you wanting more! For Sensitive Skin: Cover FX High Performance Setting Spray, $45 for 120ml
Free of potential irritants like alcohol, parabens, sulfates, and pthalates, this gentle yet powerful formula shields makeup from all climate conditions. Whether you’re battling hot and humid air or frigid and arid winds, it ensures 24 hours of fade-, crack-, smudge-proof wear. Moreover, it has a quick-dry formula that locks in face, eye and lips makeup quickly with zero stickiness and greasiness. For UV Protection: Supergoop! Defense Refresh Setting Mist SPF 50, $42 for 100ml
If you are headed to a poolside party, be sure to keep this in your bag. Infused with antioxidants, this invisible setting mist holds makeup in place, balances skin’s moisture-sebum levels and even comes with an impressive SPF 50 protection. For Oily Skin: Maybelline FaceStudio Master Fix Wear-Boosting Setting Spray, $21.90 for 100ml
Suited for all skin types, we find that this oil-free formula benefits oily skin the most as it holds makeup in place despite overactive sebum production. Throughout the day, makeup stayed put, looked fresh and didn’t fade or dull one bit. Best part? It even helps set eye makeup for those with oily lids. For All Skin Types: Chanel Hydra Beauty Essence Mist, $114 for 50ml
Perhaps the most sensorial to use from the lot, this emits an ultra-fine mist that instantly hydrates, cools and soothes the skin. Perfect to use after cleansing, as a setting spray or whenever you like as an instant pick-me-up, it contains Camellia Alba PFA1 and Blue Ginger PFA to restore moisture level and energise skin from within for a natural radiance. It also contains hyaluronic acid and vitamins C and E to keep skin supple and protected.