If there’s one tell-tale sign of a hot day, it’s the sweaty face that comes with it causing your foundation to slide, your mascara to melt and lipstick to smudge just minutes after stepping outside. Luckily, there are ways to help your makeup stay put when temperatures soar, starting with setting sprays.
From keeping your skin cool in the heat to fixing your makeup in place throughout the day (commute included), the best setting sprays do a lot in a little too —simply spritz your skin in a zig-zag motion after applying your makeup and you’re good to go.
To help narrow down your search, we’ve rounded up the best setting sprays with guaranteed hot-weather makeup survival: these formulas are sweat-proof, commute-proof and the ultimate hydration boost.
The best setting sprays:
No round-up of setting sprays is complete without this much-hyped multitasker by Urban Decay. What sets it apart? It keeps makeup in place for a casual 16 hours and is made with temperature control technology to tackle high humidity and heat.
Forget smudging, fading and melting makeup, this setting spray created by IT Cosmetics guarantees serious staying power. No wonder it’s a cult favourite.
With temperatures rising up to 30 degrees this June, treat yourself to this cooling mist by Bioffect which is enriched with hydrating powerhouse Hyaluronic Acid.
How to survive the heatwave? Put this setting spray by Milk Makeup in the fridge to give your skin a refreshing spritz throughout the day and ensure your makeup stays put, too.
For a more mattifying mist, try this NYX Professional Makeup setting spray to help control shine and fix makeup in place.
Slightly different from your traditional setting spray, Weleda’s hydrating spray is a winner if you’re looking to refresh your skin and, better yet, it’s oil-free and non-sticky making it perfect for this weather.
The iconic setting spray by M.A.C is an unrivalled match on the market. For a refreshing shake-up from the original, try this cherry blossom scent to keep makeup in place.
Who doesn’t want dewy skin in the height of summer? If it’s a lit-from-within glow you’re after, look no further than e.l.f’s coconut-scented setting mist.
With light-reflecting properties along with green tea, cucumber and vitamin E, this ultra-hydrating, multitasking mist by ICONIC London keeps skin looking glowing and sun-kissed all summer long.
Dry, dehydrated skin? Available in a White Tea Of Bali scent, Charlotte Tilbury’s much-loved setting spray contains aloe vera and Japanese green tea to lock in moisture.
Feature by Amelia Bell