Remember when you discovered the staying power of hairspray? It probably went a little something like this: After you carefully curled your hair, you tried a tentative blast of spray. Then you gave in to temptation and sprayed on a full, generous dose. And your curl lasted so long! Since then, you’ve never looked back. Ah, memories.

setting spray

Ready to recapture that magical moment? All the joy of hairspray is now available for your face. That's right: It's called setting spray, and we are totally in love with it. Like hairspray for hair, or a clear coat for nail polish, a setting spray sets your makeup, keeping your look fresh and in place far longer than it would normally last.

Could it be true? It is.

Ever wondered how professional dancers and actors keep their makeup fromsweating off? Setting spray has been their secret weapon all along. But even if you aren’t performing Swan Lake or competing in a reality TV dance competition, you can still bask in the time-, temperature- and gravity-defying benefits of a setting spray.

Using Setting Spray

Made to prevent all makeup, including foundation, eye shadow and lipstick, from creasing, smudging or fading, most setting sprays go on much like hairspray: in a fine mist. It should be applied after completing a full face of makeup, whether it’s your regular, minimal routine or a look that is more elaborate.

To use, shake the bottle, then close your eyes and spray it on in both an “X” shape and a “T” shape, about eight to ten inches from your face.

Types of Setting Spray

There's a setting spray out there for every face and occasion. A few of our favorite options include the super lightweight L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Spray & Set Makeup Extender Setting Spray for everyday wear and NYX Cosmetics Makeup Setting Spray, which comes in either a matte or dewy finish, making it easy to match your face to your chosen look. We're also loving the mega endurance of Urban Decay All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray for those long workdays or in preparation for a date you're hoping never ends.

Have particularly oily or dry skin? For an oil-controlling setting spray, go for something like Urban Decay De-Slick, and for a product made specifically to cool and combat dryness while it holds your makeup in place, try Urban Decay Chill.

Let the magic begin — and last all day!

When are you most looking forward to trying setting spray? Tell us in the comments below!

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