What Can I Use If I Don’t Have Setting Spray? We Have 3 Amazing Ideas!

by Tori Jones
Setting Sprays

Hi, and welcome back to my corner of the world wide web! I’m your trusted guide through the captivating cosmos of cosmetics, your beauty sherpa, and today. We’re setting out to scale a particularly intriguing peak—what to do when your trusty setting spray has run dry? Ah, the panic we’ve all felt, staring at an empty bottle while our masterpiece makeup threatens to run, smear, or fade. Fear not, readers, because I’m letting you know the best beauty secrets to lock in your look without a setting spray.

By the time we’re through, you’ll be a beauty MacGyver, equipped to face any makeup mishap with grace, ingenuity, and confidence. So buckle up and prepare for a beautiful adventure you won’t forget. This isn’t just a substitute solution; it’s a total game-changer. You might even find yourself kissing your setting spray goodbye! Let’s begin this journey, shall we?

Why Setting Spray Has a Fan Club

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Let’s kick off with some fun facts about setting Spray. This little wonder is soaring in popularity, and for a good reason! It locks your makeup in place, offering you a fresh and fabulous face from dawn to dusk. Remember that hot summer wedding when your makeup started melting by the time the cake was cut? Setting Spray is the hero that prevents such beauty catastrophes.

Beyond ensuring a smooth canvas for your makeup artistry, it also reduces skin creasing. The lightweight formulas of popular brands set your makeup like magic without making your skin feel burdened or blocked.

But here’s the extra benefit: setting sprays are often infused with skin-loving ingredients like vitamins E and B5. These beauties nourish your skin even as they enhance your makeup. You’re getting skincare in your makeup routine—a double win!

So, No Setting Spray? No Problem!

Setting Spray
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So, what happens when you’re out of setting Spray? There are more options than you might think! Very topline you might want to try one of the following

DIY AlternativeProsCons
Aloe Vera and Water– Natural and gentle on skin – Hydrating and soothing effect– Not as long-lasting as commercial setting sprays – Can be sticky
Rosewater– Soothing and calming- Natural fragrance– Might not suit all skin types – No long-lasting makeup effect
Glycerin and Water– Helps makeup last longer – Hydrating– Can feel sticky – Can cause breakouts for some skin types
Witch Hazel and Water– Reduces oil and inflammation – Suitable for oily skin– Can be drying for some skin types – Some people may not like the smell
Green Tea Spray– Packed with antioxidants – Refreshing effect– No lasting effect on makeup – Needs to be stored in the fridge

Remember when I was in the mountains for a friend’s wedding, and I’d forgotten my setting spray? I’ll tell you a secret: I used makeup setting powder instead. A small amount applied and blended well can do the job. It’s a handy substitute; you can always do a quick touch-up with a powder brush if needed.

Try a mattifying moisturizer instead of setting powder if you’re fighting oiliness. Adding a dual-action primer before your moisturizer helps absorb oil and reduces the chances of breakouts.

And for the DIY enthusiasts, guess what? Cornstarch can be your new best friend! This kitchen staple can be your finishing touch to keep your makeup matte and set all day.

On the topic of multi-purpose items, have you considered face oils or primers with SPF? They’re a great way to let your makeup stay on while shielding your skin from sun damage. A judicious use of blotting papers can help absorb excess oil without disturbing your artfully applied makeup.

One more surprise from the pantry: facial mists. Ingredients like witch hazel or rosewater refresh and condition skin while holding your makeup in place all day.

To battle dryness, consider using translucent powders such as talc or kaolin clay before priming and setting with loose powder – your skin will feel comfortable and matte, not cakey or dry.

Makeup Magic without Setting Spray

Makeup Magic
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Creating a radiant face without a setting spray may sound challenging, but it’s doable with clever tips and tricks. Primer is your ally in keeping makeup from slipping off your face. And for fuller-coverage foundations, using powder ensures your makeup stays smudge-proof even in tropical heat or high humidity.

Your blending technique is crucial. Take time to blend your eyeshadow, blush, and contour seamlessly. Remember to clean or replace your brushes and sponges regularly; they accumulate bacteria that can disrupt a smooth application.

Remember to set powders. They’re fantastic at soaking up excess oils and keeping everything in place, so give yourself a light application before stepping out.

Keeping That Fresh Look All Day

Fresh Look
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So, how do you maintain that fresh, “just-applied” look all day? Start with a primer to create a smooth canvas. This helps your foundation and other products stay in place and appear more natural.

Consider applying sunscreen or facial oil before your makeup to protect your skin from sun damage and keep it looking radiant.

After applying foundation, dusting face powder as it dries can add an extra layer of coverage. Always remember to set your foundation with translucent powder if you like, but ensure that you can still see your skin’s natural beauty underneath the makeup.

Try using a setting spray with glycerin instead of water or deodorant aerosols for a long-lasting effect. This can control oils and sweat while ensuring your makeup lasts.

And finally, for touch-ups throughout the day, use a light dusting of translucent powder before reapplying your lipstick or eye shadow. The cherry on top? Finish your look with a setting spray for extra staying power.

There you have it, lovelies! With these tips in your beauty arsenal, you’ll be ready to create and maintain a stunning look, even if your setting spray is nowhere to be found. Always remember beauty is an art, and you are the artist. Happy painting!

When Setting Powder and Blotting Paper Become Your Best Friends

Let me share a quick story. I ran out of setting Spray on one memorable occasion just before a significant event. I had no time to dash to the store and think quickly. The result? I discovered the magical combination of setting powder and blotting paper.

If you’re in the same predicament, grab your setting powder and lightly dust it all over your face using a fluffy brush. Pay extra attention to those tricky areas like your nose, forehead, and chin where oil loves to party.

After letting your foundation or concealer set, embrace the blotting paper. Just lay a single piece all over your face. The next step is easy and super satisfying: lightly sweep away any excess powder with a soft brush. And voila! An airbrushed finish without a setting spray in sight.

The Verdict on Using Facial Mist as Makeup Setting Spray

Facial Mist
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Facial mists are all the rage, and I’ve often been asked: “Can I use this as a setting spray?” Well, darlings, the answer is yes…and no. While facial mists do a fantastic job keeping your skin hydrated and refreshed, they lack the long-lasting, makeup-securing ingredients in dedicated setting sprays. So, in a pinch, sure! But for the best results, nothing beats a good setting spray.

Hair Spray as a Setting Spray: A Cautionary Tale

Hair Spray
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I’ve heard some wild suggestions, but using hair spray as a setting spray takes the cake! Hair sprays are loaded with alcohol and harsh chemicals that your skin will NOT appreciate. Using it could be a one-way ticket to Irritation City. On the other hand, setting sprays are formulated especially for your skin, controlling oil and sweat and giving your makeup the longevity you desire. The verdict? Stick to setting sprays, or if you’re in a bind, use a matte oil control face powder instead.

Crafting Your Setting Spray

Crafting Your Setting Spray
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Here’s an exciting DIY project for my fellow budget-savvy beauty mavens! You can whip up your setting spray with just a spray bottle, and some rose water. It’s budget-friendly and kinder to your skin and the environment.

Here’s how I do it:

  1. Gather all the ingredients: witch hazel (or just water for sensitive skin), aloe vera gel, lavender oil, distilled water, and a spray bottle.
  2.  Pour two tablespoons of witch hazel into the bottle.
  3.  Add a tablespoon of aloe vera gel. If you’ve got oily skin, this ingredient is a godsend.
  4.  Mix each lavender oil and distilled water in a teaspoon until everything combines nicely.
  5.  Screw on the spray top and shake it like a Polaroid picture before each use!

Achieving Lasting Makeup Without Setting Spray

So, how do you ensure your makeup has the stamina to last all day without a setting spray? It’s all about prepping and maintenance, my friends.

Start with a primer before applying your makeup. This creates a smooth canvas and ensures your makeup clings on better. Next, apply a finishing powder after your makeup for that extra setting layer.

I also highly recommend using long-lasting makeup formulas. And during the day, a little blotting can go a long way in reducing oil buildup and helping your makeup stay put.

There you have it, folks! You’re genuinely lost with setting Spray. With these tips and tricks, you’re all set for a flawless look, no matter what! Stay gorgeous!


And so, my fabulous friends, we’ve taken a whirlwind tour through the world of setting your makeup sans setting spray. Remember, it’s all about using what you have at hand creatively. From setting powders and blotting papers to hydrating facial mists, there are numerous alternatives to help your makeup stay put. But remember, not all substitutes are created equal—hair spray is a definite no-no due to potential skin irritation and damage.

Why not make your own budget-friendly setting spray in the spirit of beauty experimentation? It’s an eco-conscious and skin-friendly choice. The main thing to remember is that every product serves a purpose, and knowing how to use them effectively is critical. Even without setting spray, primers, long-lasting formulas, and occasional touch-ups can ensure your makeup stays fresh all day.

Above all, makeup is a fun and creative process meant to enhance your natural beauty, so don’t let the absence of one product dampen your enthusiasm. Stay playful, stay curious, and remember—you’re always your most beautiful when you’re uniquely you. Here’s to empowering you to create stunning looks no matter the circumstances. Ready, set, glow!

Feature image by Poko Skincare on Unsplash

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