Can You Use Setting Spray Without Makeup

Setting sprays are used to keep makeup in place and to help it last longer. You can also use these sprays to create a dewy or matte finish, refresh your makeup, or even prime your face. But can you use a setting spray without makeup?

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 In this post, we’ll answer all your questions about setting sprays and give you tips on how to use them properly. So keep reading to learn more.

Can You Apply Setting Spray Without Makeup?

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Setting sprays are often used to set the makeup, but you can use them not just for makeup but also to refresh your face or give your skin a boost of hydration.

If you’re in a hurry and don’t have time to apply any other products, just using a setting spray can help improve your look.

That being said, there are things to remember when using a setting spray without foundation.

How to Use Setting Spray Without Makeup?

Just like with any other product, be sure to cleanse your face before applying the setting spray. Follow these tips and tricks to get a flawless application:

Choose The Best Setting Spray For Your Skin Type

Anastasia Beverly Hills Dewy Set Setting Spray

There are different setting sprays for different skin types. If you have dry skin, it is best to use a dewy setting spray that helps to add some moisture and make your skin look glowy.

Avoid setting sprays with alcohol as they can dry your skin, and choose a lightweight formula like this refreshing mist.

It contains glycerin which helps to attract moisture to the skin and keep it hydrated.

If you have oily skin, it is best to use a setting spray that can help absorb excess oil and prevents your skin from looking greasy. I love this matte finish setting spray, and I use it on hot days when I want my skin to stay matte.

It contains alcohol, so I don’t use it every day, but it’s great for the days when I am not wearing makeup and want my skin to look shine-free.

For sensitive skin, avoid setting sprays with alcohol or fragrances. We love this Hydro Grip Setting + Refreshing Spray; it has an alcohol-free formula and contains hyaluronic acid, which helps hydrate and soothes the skin.

As you can see in the picture below, i applied a setting spray on its own without any makeup. It added some glow and hydration to my skin. The spray i used is prep +prime Fix Plus.

applying setting spray without foundation

Related: Best Drugstore Setting Sprays.

TIP: Choose a setting spray with a fine mist that distributes the product evenly on your face. Some sprays have a bad mist that can leave your face feeling very wet.

Apply The Setting Spray Correctly

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Now that you know how to choose the best setting spray for your skin type, it’s time to learn how to apply it correctly.

For a flawless application, follow these steps:

1. Start with a clean face and apply your regular skincare products.

2. Shake the setting spray bottle well.

3. Hold the bottle about 6-8 inches away from your face and spray it evenly across your forehead, cheeks, and nose. You can spray the product by following the T and X shapes.

4. Let the product dry on your skin for a few seconds.

Here is a quick video that shows you how to apply a setting spray by following the ‘T’ and ‘X’ shapes.

TIP: You can help the setting spray dry faster by fanning your face with your hands or using a small piece of cardboard.

Is Setting Spray For Everyday Use?

Urban Decay De-Slick Oil Control Matte Makeup Setting Spray

Most setting sprays contain alcohol which can dry out your skin if used daily. It is best to use a setting spray only when you need it and not as a part of your everyday makeup routine.

If you want to use a setting spray more often, opt for one with a nourishing formula like this prep+prime setting spray that we mentioned earlier.

It has a blend of nourishing ingredients such as glycerin and cucumber fruit extract that help to hydrate the skin.

Many face mists help give the skin a fresh and healthy look. You can use most of these sprays daily, and they work great for many skin types.

For example, this soothing face mist has a lightweight formula that helps to soothe and nourish the skin without making your face look greasy.

It contains rosewater that helps reduce redness and even skin tone.

I like to use this mist on the hot days when my skin feels irritated and needs a little pick-me-up.

Can I Use Rose Water As Setting Spray?

Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe Herbs and Rosewater

According to Healthline, rose water has many benefits for the skin, such as reducing redness, hydrating the skin, and even helping to balance the skin’s pH levels.

You can use rose water as a setting spray, but it might not be as effective as a regular finishing spray.

It can help your foundation look fresh and natural while preventing your makeup from looking dry.

If you have a special occasion and want your makeup to last all night, it is best to use a finishing spray.

If you live in a hot and humid climate, you might also want to use a regular finishing spray to prevent your makeup from melting.

For the days when you need a boost of hydration, rose water can be a great option.

Related: Setting Spray Vs Finishing Spray

Can You Use Setting Spray As Primer?

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Setting spray and primer are supposed to help your makeup last longer, but they serve different purposes.

A setting spray is applied after you finish your makeup, which helps keep it in place. A primer is applied before you start your makeup, and it helps to create a smooth canvas for your foundation.

Setting sprays cannot blur pores or fill fine lines as primers can. If you have large pores or skin texture, it’s best to use a primer before applying your foundation.

A setting spray can help to keep your makeup in place, but it cannot replace a primer.

I saw a viral TikTok hack where somebody used setting spray before makeup a while back, and it worked well.

I tried this hack, and unfortunately, it didn’t work well for me. It made my foundation look patchy and didn’t help my makeup last any longer.

Makeup is about experimenting and finding what works best for you. So if you want to try using a setting spray before primer, try it, and who knows, it might just work for you!

Do You Use Setting Spray Before Or After Powder?

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Powders and setting sprays can both help to keep your makeup in place. However, they both serve different purposes.

A powder helps to absorb excess oil, and it can also set your foundation. A setting spray is used after you finish your makeup, and it helps to prevent the foundation from creasing in fine lines.

It’s best to apply setting spray after powder and other makeup products. Some powders can look dry on the skin, and setting sprays can help to add a bit of glow to the skin.

Do You Use Setting Spray Before Or After Mascara

L'Oreal Paris Voluminous Makeup Lash Paradise Mascara

Setting spray should be applied after mascara and all other makeup products.

The key is to wait for your mascara to dry before applying the setting spray so that the mascara doesn’t run or smudge.

When applying the setting spray, hold the bottle about 8-10 inches away from your face, close your eyes, and mist evenly.

I’ve found that setting sprays help my mascara stay in place and prevent it from smudging or running. When I am not using waterproof mascara, I like to rely on setting spray to keep my mascara in place.


You can use a setting spray in many ways, and you can use it with or without makeup.

Applying a setting spray without foundation can help to give the skin a fresh and dewy look.

The key is choosing the best setting spray that works for your skin type.

Also, avoid using setting sprays with alcohol daily as they can dry out your skin.

If you have oily skin, choose a mattifying setting spray that helps to absorb excess oil.

If you have dry skin, choose a dewy setting spray that helps to add hydration back to the skin.

I hope you found this post helpful. If you have any questions, please feel free to comment below!

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Claire is a beauty enthusiast and lover of all things makeup. Her blog is a resource for makeup tips and tricks, product reviews and beauty tutorials.

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