When you want to look glowy but not greasy, dewy without breaking a sweat, or radiant without a stitch of highlighter, the right setting spray can help you strike that very fine balance. To get specific, the best dewy setting sprays lock your makeup in place for hours while simultaneously refreshing your skin. Unlike a mattifying setting spray — the dewy setting spray’s more famous cousin — these impart a luminous, hydrated effect, rather than a flat or powdery one. The vast majority do that without the use of actual shimmer, so the result is more “lit-from-within,” not “lit from a pulsing strobe light overhead.”
Setting sprays can actually be used a few ways: As a primer for your makeup; as a fixing spray to set your makeup into place once you’ve finished your routine; or for touchups throughout the day whenever your complexion is looking dull, your makeup is sliding off, or you need to rehydrate your skin. These also work beautifully on your bare face, especially when you don’t feel like wearing makeup, but still want some subtle radiance.
Scroll on to shop five of the best dewy setting sprays on the market, depending on your budget, skin type, and glow tolerance/preferences.
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