The Ultimate Guide To Makeup Primers and Setting Sprays

Of all the things that can upgrade your makeup game, primers and setting sprays are among the top contenders. They help your makeup last longer, create a stunning base for foundation, and can even give your skin a coveted matte or dewy finish. But with hundreds of primers, and just as many setting sprays, on the market today — how do you know which ones reign supreme?

I decided to put a few to the test. I tried five primers and five setting sprays that either claim to hydrate, mattify, improve makeup longevity, refine pores, or add luminosity to the skin. In some cases, primers were the way to go; in other cases, it was setting sprays — and sometimes using both together proved most fruitful. Wondering how it all panned out? I've detailed my experience in the slides, ahead.