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Can You Use Setting Spray Without Makeup? 

Can You Use Setting Spray Without Makeup? 

Setting spray is a little magic potion that keeps your makeup looking freshly done throughout your day. It’s a bottled liquid mist whose key ingredients are water and alcohol, designed to keep your makeup look intact for longer periods. 

So, read on to find out whether you can use setting spray without makeup… 

Can You Use Setting Spray on a Bare Face?

Can You Use Setting Spray Without Makeup? 

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Setting spray is generally used after applying makeup to ‘set’ everything in place, but the makeup world keeps evolving. People find new tips and tricks every day on how to do makeup. Makeup artists have learned that setting spray can be, in fact, used before applying makeup. It can be used as a primer and with a primer. 

Can You Use Setting Spray Without Makeup?

The answer is Yes. Start with a clean face as you would when prepping your face for a makeup look. Having clean skin before applying any products helps avoid your pores getting clogged, and you can lessen the chances of pimples and blackheads. 

Choosing the right product for you is essential. When choosing a setting spray, the key factor to consider is knowing what your skin type is.

What is Your Skin Type? 

Knowing your skin type allows you to be more aware of ingredients that compliment your skin and ultimately know the best setting spray that will suit you. There are four skin types: normal, dry, oily, and dry + oily. 

Normal Skin

If you have normal skin, you don’t dry out easily, and your skin can retain moisture without looking greasy. With this skin type, you are freer when selecting setting sprays depending on how susceptible you are to dry out or sweat out.

Dry Skin

This skin type does not retain the moisture it needs and feels tight or rough. For this skin type, look for a setting spray that leaves a dewy or satiny finish. This setting spray will have your skin looking refreshed throughout your wear. Another tip when buying a setting spray is to look for a setting spray with the description’ Refreshing Mist.’ 

Oily skin

As opposed to dry skin, oily skin is described as the exact opposite. Your body creates too much sebum, thus resulting in oily skin. A matte formula works great on this skin type. The formula absorbs the extra moisture on your skin, so you don’t look oily or sweaty. Makeup artists often use matte finish sprays in the summer due to the heat to ensure their clients’ makeup lasts longer. 

Dry + Oily Skin 

This is a combination of dry and oily skin. Your pores are a little larger than usual and tend to look a bit shiny. This skin type is also more susceptible to blackheads, so you should choose a setting spray with no alcohol or low alcohol content.

Depending on your choice of a hydrating or matting setting spray, you must be more specific about where to apply the product. For example, you might find your T-zone area is oilier than the rest of your face. With this skin type, you might find different parts of your face produce more oil than others.  

Choose setting sprays according to your skin type to achieve a perfect finish.  

How to Use a Setting Spray

The setting sprays come in a spray bottle, so the product is to be sprayed. Follow these simple steps to achieve a flawless result. 

  1. Wash your face. 
  2. Moisturize your skin according to your regular skincare routine. 
  3. Shake the bottle well to ensure all ingredients are well mixed.
  4. Hold the setting spray six to eight inches away from your face, and in a little spritz, spray in an X then T movement. 
  5. Let the product sit on your face for about two minutes to get absorbed into the skin and air dry.

Can You Use the Setting Spray Every day?

It’s not advisable to use a setting spray every day. 

Setting sprays’ main components are water and alcohol, among other ingredients, and packing these onto your skin can have adverse effects. 

If you would like to use a setting spray often, choose one with a moisturizing formula or, as mentioned before, a non-alcoholic formula. 

What Can I Use as An Alternative for Setting Spray?

Rose water is a great alternative! It’s a natural liquid mist made from water and rose petals and has many benefits to the body, especially the skin.

It contains antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties that are beneficial to your skin. 

It can be used as a toner and as a setting spray. It hydrates the skin and reduces redness.

Rose water can be used every day because it is natural and doesn’t contain harmful ingredients to your skin. It does provide some of the benefits that a setting spray has but for a perfect finish to a makeup look; it is best to use a setting spray. 

Key Takeaways

Although setting sprays were made to use after applying your makeup, new ways of using this product are constantly being discovered. You can use it before the application of makeup and even without makeup. 

Using a setting spray does help you look refreshed, even when used without makeup. Choosing the right setting spray for your skin type is key to achieving your perfect look.