How Much Setting Spray Should You Use? (And why?)

How Much Setting Spray Should You Use

One debate that has been going on for some time is about setting spray. The question is, how much setting spray should you use?

As you can imagine, some people say three sprays and others say four or five. Have you ever had this discussion with your friends?

It won’t surprise you, but my friends and I did have this discussion and I have to say, there were a lot of different opinions! So, what is the right opinion? To find out, we all went on the internet and did some research. Below you will find exactly what we found. Not only the answer to how much setting spray you should use, but also how many sprays you should do, whether you can use a setting spray every day, and how best to use a setting spray.

So, without further ado… 

How many times do you spray setting spray?

As you can imagine, my friends and I had a hard time answering this question. It depends on who is using it (think of your skin type and how you use it). But overall, we came up with 2 to 6 sprays that you should be able to use.

The thing to watch out for when using a setting spray is the fact that it can quickly be too much. Especially if you have dry skin, a setting spray can quickly make your dry skin more visible.

Most people, therefore, try to use as few sprays as possible. For example, there is a good technique where you use 3 sprays. One spray for the right side of your face, one spray for the left side, and the last one for the center of your face. This way you have applied setting spray to the entire face.

Do you need less? Then you can use the same technique but with 2 sprays. Move further away from your head with the setting spray and then spray once both to the left and right of the center of your face. In this way, you will still be able to cover your entire face with setting spray in 2 sprays.

Are there any special things I need to watch out for when applying setting spray?

The main thing to watch out for is to make sure you hit the mark. I know it sounds stupid, but it happens more often than you think (and I have seen it happen). People who spray a setting spray, but because they close their eyes, cannot see where they are spraying the setting spray! A good tip for this is to first hold your arm out and hold it in the right place. Then close your eyes and spray the setting spray onto your face.

Just do this for the number of sprays you think you need and you can be sure that your setting spray is actually on your face.

I have seen people 100% miss their face and just sprayed shit in their hair a couple of times, haha!

Can you use setting spray every day?

This question is also the subject of much debate in the beauty world. There are a lot of people who say you can use a setting spray every day, but there are also a lot of people who say you can’t. Okay, that’s not an answer yet… But let me give you my opinion. Maybe that will help you.

In my opinion, a setting spray is not something you can use every day. Many setting sprays contain alcohol and this can both dry out and irritate the skin on some skin types. An important point to remember, in my opinion, is that a setting spray is not a skincare ingredient. It is a spray that goes over your makeup and not directly onto your face. So, in my opinion, it is not a good idea to use it every day. But the most important point is, as you have already read above, little goes a long way! You don’t need that much of it to make it worth your while.

How do you use a setting spray?

As you have read above, using a setting spray is actually quite simple. If you know how many sprays you need with a setting spray, you are well on your way. But just to clarify again:

How do you use a setting spray? Once you have applied all your make-up to your face, pick up the setting spray. Do not hold the setting spray too close to your face! An arm’s length (or 6 to 8 inches) is the right distance. You can, of course, experiment with this as I mentioned earlier. When you are far enough away from your face, close your eyes and spray the setting spray onto your face. 


Now you finally know how much setting spray you should use. The important thing is not to use too much setting spray. Overdoing it can be detrimental. Also, make sure that you don’t hold the setting spray too close to your face and that you have the right setting spray!

Want to know more about setting sprays? Click on the article of your choice below to learn more!

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