Ready. Set. Workout.


Yes, I workout with my makeup on at times. Mostly, because I want a few extra minutes of sleep in the morning, so I choose a night workout and by then I’m just getting home to feed the dog, change my clothes, and get out the door to get a decent workout in. Procrastinate much? But at least I’m moving no matter what, even if I’d LOVE to couch it with a glass of Grigio and some housewives. I digress.

The main point, I go to the gym with my makeup on and by the time I’m done (close to an hour later), my makeup looks pretty much the exact same. I like to make it a point that my brows, especially, don’t move which is my favorite part. How in the world do I make this happen? Setting spray. These days I do’t think I could live without it. Florida is getting hotter by the day (it’s only June people!), and the heat and sweat is not my best friend. As from a recent post, I’m a sweater. I can be outside for two seconds and already I have a sweaty upper lip. Yes, this is a thing. Setting spray has totally changed my makeup life.

Setting spray is the elixir for all makeup looks. I have come to the conclusion if you don’t use a setting spray, you might as well not apply makeup whatsoever. I can use a setting spray one day and not use it the next and it’s pretty unbelievable what a difference a good setting spray spritz will do. It’s like night and day. Without a spritz, my makeup looks cakey, splotchy, and I just don’t look as fresh as I did that morning. I get really discouraged with myself if my makeup doesn’t stay all day. You spend all this time and money on your makeup, just to have it fall off? Not havin’ it.

I’ve been using different brands of setting spray over the years. Some I’ve tried are super reliable while others can be too drying or don’t live up to the expectations. I’ve put some of the top setting sprays to the test and here are a few of my favorites:

urban decay ss

The Urban Decay All Nighter is one of my all time favorite setting sprays. I even have a regular size bottle and a travel bottle so I can keep it on hand when I travel. It keeps my makeup in place for 12+ hours without messing with my actual makeup look. It’s hydrating and my skin feels amazing all day long. Even after a workout. (see picture above)

nyx ss

I’ve kept this NYX Matte Finish setting spray in my kit for years. This spray is great for combatting any extra oil you may have. I like to recommend this product to my clients if they are on the oily side and tend to sweat more often than normal.  If you have normal to dry skin, I wouldn’t recommend this spray as it can be too drying and could possibly change the look of your makeup.

mac setting spray

Mac Prep+Prime setting spray is a great for every day use. It’s like a breathe of fresh air as it soothes the skin while giving it a boost of hydration. This can be used before your makeup application and/or after. Great if you happen to be on the dryer side, as this can leave the skin super moisturized and dewy feeling. The only con, it is on the the pricey side of setting sprays. To be honest though, I’ve been using this one for years on myself and my clients and it feels like such a luxury when I do.

elf setting spray

I’m a huge fan of Elf products, not just because they’re majorly affordable, but their products live up to the hype. This Elf Mist and Set spray is great for all skin types. It’s hydrating, but not overly moisturizing that it creates a sheen on the skin. Great setting spray at a great price!


What is your favorite setting spray?

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