Here’s some expert advice.
Have you ever found yourself looking in the mirror in the middle of the day and your makeup has started to fade or looks super shiny? I’ve been there, and I can honestly admit that it can be really frustrating, especially when I spend a lot of time trying to perfect a look.
“When it comes to makeup, one of the most important steps in keeping it looking all day long is setting it with the right products,” says celebrity makeup artist and Charlotte Tilbury’s Sofia Schwarzkopf-Tilbury.
So, now that we’ve identified what you need to help your makeup stay put, you’re probably wondering, which one should you use? Setting powder or setting spray? This can be confusing, but don’t worry – we’ve got you covered. Below, we asked Tilbury to break down the difference between setting powder and setting spray to help you decide which is best for you.
What is a setting powder?
Setting powder is a complexion perfecting product that absorbs excess oil, sets makeup in place, and helps keep it in place. Ever wonder why your friend’s makeup still looks flawless at midnight, even though you’ve been out all day? She most likely used setting powder.
“Products like Charlotte Tilbury’s Airbrush Flawless Finish Powder and the new Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Brightening Flawless Finish Powder.
“I love to use Airbrush Brightening Flawless Finish Powder to set makeup and brighten the under-eye area,” continues Tilbury. “It’s especially great if you have dark circles and puffiness because it locks in your concealer, then bounces the light off any shadow or pigment, instantly making you look wide-eyed and refreshed.”
What is a setting spray?
A setting spray is a liquid intermediate that usually contains water and alcohol. Like setting powder, setting spray helps prevent makeup from slipping, smudging, creasing or fading quickly. According to Tilbury, a setting spray is especially great for situations where your look is really put to the test—think wedding day, warm weather conditions, or a night out dancing.
What’s the difference between setting powder and setting spray?
“Setting powder is a matte powder formula, so it helps absorb oil and smooth out pores and blemishes, leaving skin looking matte, pore-free, and blemish-free,” explains the makeup artist. “A setting spray is a liquid formula, so it gives more of a glossy, dewy finish. I tend to use a setting spray for red carpet events and humid weather conditions to set my makeup, while setting powder is for everyday makeup A must-have that I carry with me for touch-ups on the go.”
When should you use a setting powder or setting spray?
Setting powder should be worn after your foundation, concealer, and creamy bronzer formulas. “I always like to glide the Airbrush Flawless Finish powder on the T-zone to remove shine and softly focus the complexion, while the Airbrush Brightening Flawless Finish powder is pressed onto the under-eye area and laugh lines to bounce light and create a luminous lift effect,” said the artist.
A setting spray is slightly different from a setting powder in that it can be used both as a primer and as a setting powder. “After your skincare routine, spritz the mist all over your face to create a smooth, dewy canvas, then use it again at the end of your makeup routine as a finishing touch, weightless,” says Tilbury. locked down everything,” said Dr.
What should you consider when buying a setting powder or spray?
If you’re trying setting makeup for the first time, it’s a good idea to try both a setting powder and a setting spray to see which you like.
Tilbury recommends buying a setting powder that’s ultra-finely milled and enriched with skin-care ingredients. One of her all-time favorite products is Charlotte Tilbury’s Airbrush Flawless Finish Powder. “It’s a pressed powder formula which makes it super easy to apply, the finely milled texture means it never feels heavy or kawaii, it glides on like silk and it’s infused with rose wax and almonds,” she says oil for a blurred, dewy finish,” she says.
When it comes to setting sprays, the artist says many formulas on the market can be heavy, sticky, and drying—almost like hairspray. “Look for an oil-free, moisturizing formula like Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Setting Spray, which contains aloe vera and Japanese green tea for a creamy, lightweight, smoothing finish,” she says. “It feels so refreshing and uplifting, and it smells incredible too.”