The Difference Between Setting Spray and Setting Powder

How do you use setting spray and setting powder? To make makeup last. Use setting spray for a more finished look that you don't have to reapply.

How to Use Setting Spray and Setting Powder

Do you find yourself retouching your makeup every couple of hours? Do you notice your makeup has faded about halfway through the day? Or is it completely gone by the end of the day?

If you answered yes to one or more of these questions, we are here to help. There are products available that can help you overcomes all of those problems and more! Setting spray and setting powder will help your makeup last all day long, eliminating the need to reapply it. We will explain the difference between setting spray and setting powder in this article so that you can decide which product is best for you!

Advantages of Using Setting Spray and Setting Powder

Before we get started, let's talk about the many advantages that come with using either of these products. If you do get used to applying setting powder or setting spray as part of your makeup routine, you'll never want to stop. They both lock up your makeup so it will last all day long. These products can make your makeup look fresher along the day without you taking several breaks to retouch it.

Both setting spray and setting powder will make your face have a more matte look. These products work well to keep your mascara and lipstick in place. Both setting spray and setting powder protect your skin against bacteria and different impurities that you can get in contact with along the day, so they will keep your skin healthy for a long time.

Setting Spray vs. Setting Powder

Even if both setting spray and setting powder are full of similar advantages for keeping your makeup in place, there are differences that make them more appropriate for different situations.

Setting powder is created with your skin in mind. powder will absorb the oils on your skin whereas setting spray will not. Your face secretes oils that can look unappealing, especially after you have applied your makeup. Setting powder is created to absorb these unnecessary oils and moisture. By applying setting powder, your skin will have a more matte look. On the other hand, setting spray is designed to avoid too much contact with your skin; it's not as invasive as powder. Makeup experts compare setting sprays to hair spray. It will lock up your makeup without penetrating the skin.

As you decide between setting powder and setting spray, you need to be aware that they will not be applied in the same phase of your makeup routine. The setting powder should be applied during your makeup routine while the setting spray needs to be applied at the end of your makeup routine (it is actually your final step). On the other hand, the setting powder should be applied after you are done with your foundation has dried or settled in. The powder will help all the other layers of makeup lock-in moisture, helping your skin look less shiny. The setting spray is applied at the end to hold your makeup in place, allowing it to last all day long.

Setting spray keeps all your makeup in place while the setting powder is focused on the makeup you apply on your skin. Since setting spray is meant to be applied all over your face, including your eyes and lips, it will protect all your makeup. Yes, this means eyeshadow, mascara, eyeliner, and lipstick are all covered. Unlike setting spray, the setting powder is applied on the surface of your skin; it cannot be applied to your lips or eyelashes.  If you use a setting powder, make sure that you also use waterproof mascara and lipstick to help keep those products lasting all day as well.

So, Should You Use Setting Spray or Setting Powder?

While you can use both setting spray and powder to add a nice touch to your makeup, there are slight differences between these two products. They might be used for the same purpose but they impact your skin differently. If you want, you can even use them together since they are applied in different stages of your makeup process. Which one you use is a matter of personal preference. If you need help deciding between setting spray and setting powder, check out one of our detailed guides.

Resources— ColorescienceLivingGorgeous

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