Here’s a sampling of things that without fail, happen when I decide to go out on a Saturday night with my girlfriends. I'll probably forgot to eat enough dinner and cave to a slice of greasy 99 cent pizza on my way home at 2 AM. More related to beauty, I'll discover that my foundation and concealer has smeared to weird places on my face, or my smoky eye hase now migrated to become my blush. This has become a thing of the past though, because setting sprays can do many a favor for someone (like the person already struggling with dark circles) who is forced to take a group picture with her friends at 1 AM.
Setting sprays do exactly what they say they’re going to do—they “set” your makeup in place so it doesn’t travel all over your face, allowing you to look just as fresh as you did when you left the house three hours ago.
Here’s a few MIMI-approved formulas you should know about (and maybe try) the next time you know dinner and drinks will inevitably turn into dinner, drinks, dancing, and midnight pizza.
1. Urban Decay All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray
This is the GOAT of setting sprays. The technology in this bottle works to lower the temperature of your makeup, which inevitably warms up when it's pressed against your skin, allowing it to last longer. I do, however, suggest letting your mascara dry for a few seconds before you spritz on this cooling mist, and you should hold it a good 10 inches away from your face.
Urban Decay | $30
2. Essence Keep it Perfect! Make-up Fixing Spray
A budget-friendly option, which also happens to fit in the teeniest of handbags, I tend to use this product when I'm wearing a very thin veil of foundation but, of course, still want that sheer coverage to last more than one hour.
Essence | $5
3. Farmacy Skin Dew Hydrating Essence Mist & Setting Spray
Roxanne digs this formula, and I totally agree. What I love most about it, though, is that it's also a facial refreshing mist (not all setting sprays are both, FYI) responsible for toning and moisturizing your skin when it feels tight and uncomfortable. It also has a distinct herbal smell, so there's an aromatherapy element to it, too.