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As a makeup artist, your success will depend on your skill and the makeup kit you carry around with you every day. Of course, you’ve got brushes, eye shadows, lipsticks and eyeliners, to name just a few essentials, but did you know that setting spray also falls into this ‘essential’ category?

Does setting spray for makeup actually work? 

Absolutely it does, yes. In the same way that hairspray keeps a person’s hair in place throughout the day, a makeup setting spray will ensure the look that’s created lasts. You’ll still be able to use your makeup course skills without one - it’s just that it won’t last the whole day otherwise. 

Do you use a setting spray before applying makeup? 

No. Quite the opposite, actually. A setting spray isn’t like your primer, so it’s not used as a preparation for makeup application. As beauty courses online teach us, it’s put on last to lock in the look and remain in place for the duration - one of the reasons why a makeup artist  would use it for a bride on her big day.

So, What is a Makeup Setting Spray?

Another clue that a setting spray should be used last is the fact that it’s also referred to as a ‘finishing’ spray in the trade. Online studying in beauty shows that it is applied liberally, all over the face, once the makeup has finished. It keeps it in place for hours on end, ensuring no fading, melting or moving occurs.

When buying a setting spray, you’ll find a range of different products available, with some being:

Choosing the right one for your client will depend on a few variables, like their skin condition or the type of makeup you’re using. Tafe courses in makeup and beauty always recommend that you talk to your client before any makeup is applied anyway, so be sure to ask them lots of questions to ensure you make the appropriate choice.

A Good Setting Spray Will Enhance Your Reputation

What needs to be remembered is that makeup clients tend to base what they think of your makeup artist  services on a couple of factors; 1) how they look and 2) how long the look lasts. So, if it needs to last because of a wedding or a long night out, and it does, they’ll remember you for all the right reasons.

So, in a very real sense, a good setting spray can be pivotal in establishing and maintaining an excellent professional reputation. It’s for that reason, and many more, that any makeup professional worth their salt is going to have a selection of finishing sprays in their makeup kit.

OCA Beauty Courses Online: The Convenient Way to Gain New Skills 

As our article has shown, the tools you have in your makeup kit are the key to your success as a makeup artist. A selection of setting sprays is just one of them. What’s also important are the skills you possess, and thanks to video-based CPD-Endorsed OCA makeup course training, it’s never been easier or more convenient to develop yours.

If you’d like to know more about our modular training that makes acquiring new skills easy while offering a stimulating learning experience, take a look at our student study demo. Alternatively, to see our entire course library, which covers over 20 different industries and comes with 1 to 1 mentoring every day of the week, visit our website at

Also, if you have any questions that you’d like answers to, we’ll be happy to oblige. Simply call us on 1300

611 404 or email us [email protected], and we’ll reply as soon as we can.


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