Beauty Q&A: Can You Use Hairspray as Makeup Setting Spray?June 27, 2022
Can You Use Hairspray as Setting Spray?
According to Gene, using hairspray as setting spray started in the drag queen and pageant community as a way to make makeup budge-proof at a time when setting sprays were scarce. These days, though, you’re better off going with a setting spray designed specifically for your face.
“Hairspray has a ton of chemicals and toxins that are not safe to use on skin,” says Gene. He explains that applying hairspray on your face can cause rashes, irritation or clogged pores.
Instead, Gene recommends reaching for a setting spray and a makeup primer to achieve long-lasting makeup. “Many women are still skipping makeup primer,” says Gene, “but this is an essential step for ensuring makeup adheres to the skin.”