If you have oily skin, applying a full face of makeup on a warm
summer morning is a commitment. Not only do you have to get up a few minutes earlier — valuable time you could've spent sleeping — to dab on some concealer, straighten out your brows, and (attempt to) nail a cat-eye flick, but you also have to consider that it may all be in vain when your face starts sliding off by noon.
But that doesn't have to be the case, provided you add just one handy product to your makeup routine: mattifying setting sprays. These formulas don't just keep your makeup in place, but also help rein in your skin's natural oils, even throughout hot summer days. From budget-friendly options to bestsellers, we've rounded up the best setting sprays for oily skin, so that getting up earlier to do your makeup can be (sort of) worth it. Our top 10, ahead.
At Refinery29, we’re here to help you navigate this overwhelming world of stuff. All of our market picks are independently selected and curated by the editorial team. If you buy something we link to on our site, Refinery29 may earn commission. Skindinavia The Makeup Finishing Spray | Oil Control
This setting spray is a long-standing favourite among celebrity makeup artists and beauty influencers for walking the walk and actually holding makeup in place. The patented temperature-control formula keeps skin cool while also fending off shine — consider it your makeup thermostat.
The Makeup Finishing Spray Oil Control, $24, available at
Beauty Bay More Urban Decay De-Slick Oil Control Makeup Setting Spray
A few years back, Skindinavia partnered with Urban Decay to bring that patented temperature-regulating technology to this oil-control setting spray, and our makeup-wearing lives were never the same. What makes this version extra special is the spraying mechanism, which releases a barely-there microfine mist.
De-slick Oil Control Makeup Setting Spray, $24, available at
Urban Decay More e.l.f. Mist & Set Matte Magic
This £5 find won't just set your makeup, but it also delivers skin-care ingredients like vitamin B and E to hydrate and soothe the skin.
e.l.f. Matte Magic Mist & Setting Spray, $5, available at
Superdrug More Cover FX Mattifying Setting Spray
If you're looking for a matte finish but don't want your skin to
feel dry, then this weightless, alcohol-free pick might be exactly what you're looking for. Cover FX
Mattifying Setting Spray, $23, available at
Cult Beauty More Wet n Wild Photo Focus Matte Setting Spray Matte Appeal
Your skin never seems shinier than when it catches you off guard when you go to take a selfie. This packaging doesn't look like a camera lens for nothing — it'll keep you photo-ready all day.
Wet n Wild
Photo Focus Matte Finish Setting Spray Matte Appeal, $5.51, available at
eBay More Maybelline Face Studio Lasting Fix Setting Spray
Take your setting-spray game to the next level by using it to spot-treat particularly oily areas — spritz some onto a clean shadow brush and press gently over your eye makeup to make it last all day.
Maybelline Lasting Fix Matte Setting Spray, $6.99, available at
Boots More Story continues Coola Makeup Setting Spray SPF 30
Setting sprays with SPF are the perfect shortcut to getting extra daily protection that's easy to reapply without messing with your makeup. This SPF 30 option has cucumber and aloe-vera extracts to give skin the ultimate refresh as you protect it from the sun and melting makeup. Coola
COOLA Makeup Setting Spray SPF30 - 44ml, $39, available at
skin city More Boscia White Charcoal Mattifying MakeUp Setting Spray
If you really want to seal the deal on makeup that lasts all day, apply an oil-absorbing charcoal formula like this one before makeup to mattify and again after makeup as a security blanket.
Boscia White Charcoal Mattifying MakeUp Setting Spray, $12, available at
Amazon More Milani Make It Last Matte Primer
break up with blotting papers with this under-£10 setting spray that works by absorbing oil with charcoal powder — and delivers for 16 hours, at that. Milani Cosmetics
Milani Make it Last Matte Charcoal Setting Spray , $7.35, available at
eBay More Prep + Prime Fix+ / Mini M.A.C Peony
From watermelon to peony, MAC’s Prep + Prime Fix+ is now available in a variety of different scents. To help keep makeup in place and to maintain a dewy finish, Director or Artistry Terry Barber advises spritzing a little into the air and walking through it, like “a veil of mist.”
Prep + Prime Fix+ / Mini M·A·C Peony, $12.5, available at
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