Cover Say goodbye to shine and melty make-up. We've rounded some of the best setting sprays for every beauty concern. (Photo: Courtesy of Charlotte Tilbury)

These setting sprays are secret keys to those flawless complexions on hot summer days

Colourful eye make-up, dewy cheeks and sheeny bronze—summer beauty is something we look forward to every year, but keeping your look perfect throughout the day in the warmer months can be tricky. Long days and soaring heat—not to mention Hong Kong’s notorious humidity—can all take a toll on your make-up.

Ahead, we’ve compiled a list of premium setting sprays that you should invest in this summer for a flawless look that stays put all day even in hot and humid weather. From Charlotte Tilbury's luxurious blend to Make Up For Ever's long-lasting formula, there's bound to be an option here tailored to your skin needs.

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1. Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray

Best for: A perfect all-rounder

The holy grail of setting mists, Urban Decay’s All Nighter Setting Spray is a firm favourite among beauty gurus. Well suited to all skin types, the lightweight formula is vegan and cruelty-free, which features the brand’s patented Temperature Control Technology and is packed with kaolin clay—a skincare ingredient that promises to keep your complexion looking matte and shine-free. No matter what you’re staying up late for, you can count on this spray to lock your make-up in place (and on-point) for up to 16 hours without smudging.

2. Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Setting Spray

Best for: A luxurious spa-scented experience 
The newest addition to Charlotte Tilbury’s ever-popular Airbrush Flawless collection is this gorgeously scented, high-performance setting spray, which primes and sets your make-up for up to 16 hours with a silky, hydrated finish. With a premium blend of soothing ingredients such as aloe vera, Japanese green tea and aromatic resin, this mist provides instant freshness with an uplifting floral fragrance, too. 

3. Hourglass VEIL™ Soft Focus Setting Spray

Best for: Exceptional durability

Tired of redoing your make-up midday? Don’t worry, this setting spray from Hourglass will make your life easier. Free of sulfates and parabens, this spray boasts a light-as-air formula with water-resistant properties to seal your make-up in place for up to 24 hours with a silky smooth finish. The power of this spray doesn’t stop here—it also does a decent job of providing continuous hydration and comfort.

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4. Make Up For Ever Mist & Fix Hydrating Setting Spray

Best for: An instant boost of hydration

This alcohol-free spray from Make Up For Ever will have you looking fresh-faced in flash on those sweaty summer days—even if you’ve stayed outdoors for longer periods. In addition to ensuring your make-up stays put for 12 hours, its water-rich formula will help boost the natural glow of your skin and deliver instant hydration to those prone to dryness. Just a couple of spritzes are enough to make your skin feel incredibly moisturised.   

5. Shu Uemura Unlimited Lasting Makeup Fix Mist

Best for: Lightweight and breathable finish

Perfect your complexion with Shu Uemura's unlimited lasting makeup fix mist. The lightweight formula is enriched with moisturising glycerin to imbue the skin with hydration and prolong make-up without melting or settling into fine lines. 

6. Too Faced Hangover 3-in-1 Replenishing Primer & Setting Spray

Best for: A multi-tasking setting spray

If you’re after just one spray that can be worked into your regular beauty routine, this is a good bet. Infused with coconut water and probiotic-based ingredients, Too Faced’s Hangover 3-in-1 setting spray can be used to prep and prime your skin, keeping your make-up looking perfect throughout the day or as an all-day skin refresher. This hardworking formula also promises to promote skin elasticity and tone, giving you a smooth, brightened complexion.

7. Dior Backstage Airflash Radiance Mist Primer & Setting Spray

Best for: A runway-ready complexion 

A magical beauty amplifier inspired by backstage make-up techniques at Dior’s runway shows, this setting spray contains a 3-in-one formula for prepping, setting and refreshing make-up. Spritz it on as a primer to turn your skin into a soft, dewy canvas before make-up application, use it to extend the wear of your looks with a radiant finish, or as a quick pick-me-up around midday to revive tired complexions. The spray is available in two translucent shades for fair-to-medium and medium-to-deep skin tones.

8. Coola Make-up Setting Spray SPF 30

Best for: Sun protection 
Looking for a setting spray with sun protection for your beach days and pool parties? Coola’s Makeup Setting Spray SPF 30 has your name on it. Featuring a featherweight formula infused with soothing aloe vera and cooling cucumber extracts, this spray sets make-up with a lasting matte finish while acting as an active barrier to protect your skin from the sun. It's also a perfect solution to any sweaty situation in summer, thanks to its outstanding water-resistant properties. 

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9. Tatcha Luminous Dewy Skin Mist

Best for: Boosting radiance 
Upgrade your summer beauty routine with this make-up setting spray from Tatcha—a cult luxury skincare brand inspired by Japanese beauty rituals. As its name suggests, this mist moisturiser is packed with botanical oils and humectants, and enriched with a blend of hyaluronic acid and anti-ageing ingredients to give your skin a silky, luminous finish. Equipped with a premium perfume sprayer, two to three spritzes of the mist will deliver a dose of hydration to the skin, helping to restore its natural youthful glow.  

This article was originally published on August 5, 2021 and was updated on May 25, 2022.


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