Game, Set, Match

October 1st, 2017

October 1st, 2017

Ensuring your detailed make-ups to stay in place under set lights and the whims of the elements requires reinforcements.  Say hello to your setting spray saviours – with a couple of spritzes you can rest easy knowing that your hard work won’t slide off or disappear.

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Image Source – Marie Claire Hungary. Photographer: Zoltan Tombor / Hair: Tamas Tuzes / MUA: Robert Greene

Starting with the more well-known favourites, we know so many artists who will always keep a bottle of MAC Fix+ (£18) in their kit for any eventuality.  Thanks to green tea, chamomile and cucumber extracts it works well to freshen make-up and skin as well as locking things in place.  It leaves a gentle sheen which can veer into gloss with over-use, but a light hand leaves skin looking fresh and glowing.

MAC fix+

Urban Decay’s All Nighter Setting Spray (£23.50) proved to be so popular that they added two different variations to their repertoire.  Chill is a personal favourite for hot environments, while De-Slick is ideal for oiler skins which could do with some additional grip thanks to patented temperature control technology.

UD sprays

The high street has really embraced setting sprays over powders in recent years, which tells you how far the formulations and tech has come along in these all-day hero products.  We were pleasantly surprised by the lasting power of the Maybelline Superstay 24H Setting Spray (£6.99).  While it might not stave off the apocalypse it did a good job of holding make-up intact over a long day.  NYX offer both a Matte and Dewy finish spray (£7), depending on you preference, which did seem to help with longevity the make-up faded quite evenly when it did start to go.


NYX set spray

High street favourites KIKO Milano’s Make Up Fixer (£7.90) is one of the more lightweight options on the cheaper end of the scale – ideal for sensitive clients.  Chamomile extract helps to calm skin and offset the setting alcohol, giving it a comfortable and barely-there finish.

KIKO set spray

For a sturdier hold you’re best sticking to professional brands.  Kryolan’s Fixing Spray (£26.10) comes in a huge 400ml can which has earned its place in all manner of artists’ kit.  We know bodypainters, SFX and editorial artists who all swear by this spray which locks in their work whilst delivering a natural skin-like sheen.

Kryolan Fix Spray

Ben Nye’s Final Seal (£10.95) gives a refreshing minty spritz to set make-up to perfection, granting a decent level of water- and smudge-resistance to keep your designs looking their best.  We’ve also been seriously impressed by the lasting power afforded by Skindinavia’s Setting Spray range – we love their Bridal Makeup Finish (£24.95) for the glow it gives the skin, perfect for a radiant bridal look which will still last the whole day.

Ben Nye SpraySkindinavia

Mehron Barrier Spray (£10.95) is one of those 10-in-1 products which is always good to keep close.  Whether you’re prepping or finishing skin, it insulates skin to impede sweat and helps both cosmetics and prosthetic applications to last longer on the skin.

Mehron Spray

Mattifying sprays can be particularly useful under the intense lights of theatre make-up, such as the Cinema Secrets Super Sealer Mattifying Setting Spray (£21).  It’s another great option for sandwiching make-up, prepping skin and sealing it, to set everything with a natural matte finish.

Cinema Secrets





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By Deborah Murtha

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