beauty edit: makeup fixers

On days where you’ve got a special occasion in the diary, need your makeup to stay in place or are simply battling through the summer sunshine, makeup fixers and sprays step in to ease your worried mind and lock everything in place. Over the years I’ve tried my fair few formulas and misters. Starting with Model in a Bottle I literally thought I struck gold with this makeup fixer that prevented any sliding or movement occurring throughout the day. Over the years new wonder products have hit the market and although you don’t find me reaching for one on the daily, does’t stop me from having a fair few in my stash.

Budget – my current fave comes in budget form from L’Oreal. Their Infallible Makeup Extender Setting Spray completes the long wear lineup featuring powders, foundations and gloss. With a fine mist, two spritzes is all you need to lock things in place for the day ahead. Even if you don’t need those 16 hours of wear time, a quick spray will instantly remove any areas where makeup may start to look a tad heavy.

Popular – when you talk about setting sprays the brand which instantly comes to mind is Urban Decay. With one of the most impressive lineups of fixers, they have chopped and changed their range, packaging and formulas over the years keeping one focus in mind, locking that makeup in place. For nights out, it’s got to be the All Nighter* however when a travel adventure is looming, a mini De-Slick goes straight into my travel pouch to give my makeup a fighting chance against oil in the warmer climates.

Hydrator – although the majority of these products promise that illusive long lasting finish, at times it’s just as important to give your skin a kick of moisture before walking out the door. Step in MAC Fix+ remember this old classic? Perfect for infusing your skin with a mineral rich mist, popped on before or after makeup this boosts radiance whilst hydrating your complexion.

International – could you tell I was running out of names by this point? ;) Picked up on a whim on a day trip to Brussels, the Makeup Forever Mist & Fix does exactly what it says on the bottle. A lightweight mist which provides a barrier of support from external pollutants you get a hydrating seal over the face to improve the wear time of your makeup. Undetectable in HD situations I opt for this spray if I need to makeup to last whilst taking photos for this dear blog.

What are your favourite setting sprays? Are they something you reach for often?

*pr sample