Sponge + Setting Spray = Non-Moving Makeup

Say hello to ‘Beauty Hacks’ week here on VDM. Seven days crammed with posts and videos filled to the brim with makeup shortcuts, products that make our regimes that little bit more streamlined and tips that will have you nodding along and thinking ‘genius’. Ok, maybe not the last one…Β 

Today I have a little tip up my sleeve for you and it’s one that I’ve been deploying for the past few months but have saved up to share with you on this very special week. Oh sneaky. Let’s talk setting sprays. Though in theory they are right up my street, depositing a spritz of makeup adhesive that sets everything – base, eyes, cheeks, lips, the lot – into place without a hint of powder in sight. Just a transparent layer that sits there quietly keeping it all together. The only problem? I never find them to be such a light mist, but instead an abrupt shot of liquid that tends to find itself directly in my eye, ear and any other facial crevices. On times when the spray releases in a finer fashion, like Urban Decay’s All Nighter Setting Spray, I still suffer with a reflex reaction that means I jerk immediately back and the product ends up more on my clothing than anywhere else. You get it – it never ends well.

But that’s where a cosmetics sponge comes in. I’d been adding the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge into my daily rotation in recent times anyway as a blender-outer. Something to bop over my face post-foundation and concealer just to make sure it’s all worked in well. One day things had got a little heavy in the base department so I dampened the sponge with few pumps of setting spray and what occurred next was a rare moment of makeup magic. Not only did this duo de-cake, it set, freshened and made the whole thing look just the right amount of dewy. Of course your individual result is based on the formula of setting spray you use; Urban Decay has got all desires covered with bottles for longevity, matteness and hydration (all available in dinky travel size bottles too – cute).

Ever since that fateful morning, it’s a trick I bring in daily. No more setting-spray-in-eye emergency eye bath situations every time I want to call in a long-lasting base. Win.

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  • What a great idea! I have a sponge from the body shop, must give this a go! Xx

    Sharlotte | UK Beauty Blog

  • Evelyn Morales

    Thanks for the tip, I think I will ad the urban decay setting spry to my collection. We all need a setting spary that will make make up unmoveable!!!

  • this is an amazing tip, im getting married in july and i will have to test this out


  • Shrutilaya

    This is a brilliant tip! I have the same problem with the setting spray getting into my eye – now I need to get the RT Sponge. Oh Anna, you enabler.

  • Anna Blush

    This is such a good idea. I’m always after long lasting makeup but still want to keep things dewy, I’ll have to try this out xx

  • As if I needed any more reasons to pick up the RT sponge!

  • Ive been looking for a setting spray sort of thing because by the end of the day, my makeup isnt its best. This is such a good idea though!! Thanks for the tip! I cant wait for your other posts this week πŸ™‚
    It would mean the world to me if you checked out my blog

    Elizabeth x

  • Emily Rowles

    That is such a good idea! I’m going to try it because i have really oily skin and i have a real problem with getting makeup to stay on! πŸ™‚ xx

  • This sounds like genius! Must try it, ya know, when I own all the right tools

  • I have the exact same problem with setting sprays! This is such a great tip, thank you for sharing it πŸ™‚ xx

  • clare higgins

    What a great idea, can’t believe no one thought of it before. I had spraying things directly on to my face. Clare xx

  • Jessica Whitbread

    Great idea – I’ll definitely have to try this out! I usually dampen a sponge to blend in my base to perfection but this sounds like an even better idea if it’s going to set my makeup at the same time!

  • V.

    Haha, I love setting sprays and have no problems spritzing them on. In fact, I love that feeling of fine mist on my face. But maybe my sprays have really good dispensers. But this is a trick I need to try anyway. It sounds too good to be true.

  • Lauren S

    i can’t believe i’ve never heard of setting spray, even more long-lasting make-up sounds great to me and this little trick seems to be a winner !
    Lauren x

    Britton Loves | Fashion Lifestyle + Photography –
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  • I have to try these setting sprays!

  • London Girl

    love this setting spray ! amazing!

  • Zoe Archer

    I love the Urban Decay Setting Spray, as well as the Mac Fix Plus, they really leave my make up budge proof.

  • Celine

    I’m gonna try this soon!

  • roshkud

    Definitely going to try this, sprays terrify me!

    Roshni’s Journey

  • I gave up on setting sprays a while ago because I always ended up with random drip marks on my face. I might need to give them another go with a sponge.

    Laura | Breton & Blush

  • ooh this sounds lovely, gonna have to give this a try x

  • Imogen Stafford

    DEFINITELY going to try this! I’m always looking for ways to ensure my makeup stays put!

  • OmaΓ―ma

    I need to give this a try ! i love your blog, please check mine at :

  • sofika
  • Kristy Mansfield

    this sounds amazing, never been sure on the idea of a setting spray on my face.

    Kristy |

  • LifeIsBeauty

    Brilliant tip, I must try it! I always feel like my makeup is too heavy when I apply powder πŸ™‚

  • Parisian To Be

    This is such a genius idea. I think I’ll have to get on the makeup setting spray bandwagon, again.

    xo Lillian from Parisian To Be

  • Love Lana

    I love the Urban Decay All Nighter setting spray! It works a charm in the Australian summer!

  • Sarah Versey

    I swear by the urban decay setting spray! Must try it with my beauty blender.

  • Alessia

    What a great idea. I’ve never used a setting spray but I think it’s time to do it!

  • Amber Hunter

    I seriously would never have thought of this! I’ve heard of spraying an eye brush with setting spray before using a glittery shade to pack it on more but this never occurred to me. Thanks for the tip Anna!
    Lovely Notions

  • Teresa Sinaguglia

    what a good idea! never thought of trying this!

  • Joysteib

    Wow…that is so good to know and thanks so much for sharing that with us!!! <3

  • Amazing beauty hack!

  • Anne-Dorthe Andersen

    Great tip! I have to try this out πŸ™‚

  • This is a genius idea! I’m definitely trying this!

    Shel x

  • Eleri Roberts

    What a handy little hack. Thanks for sharing VDM, can’t wait to give it a go! xx

    Eleri Roberts

  • Great idea – i’ll definitely me trying this out <3

    Josie xoxo | Fashion Mumblr

  • I had the Urban Decay Setting Spray a while ago but never repurchased it, really want to now though!

    Kate xo //

  • lisa robb

    I heard this stuff was amazing.
    L x

  • This is genius, Anna! I’m totally going to go out and get both of these. This will be perfect during the sweaty summer!

  • yanksgurl613

    looove my ud all nighter spray. it works well thats for sure. use it on my clients all the time. and my bb sponge is a must have for me as well. thanks for sharing some long lasting base tips. p.s. really must try other sponges, the real techniques is next on my list. xx. gigi.

  • What a fab, handy idea! That sponge has been on my wishlist and I have a mini-sized version of that setting spray that mostly goes unused. Will have to give this a go! xo

  • Belle

    Ahh, such a fab idea! Can’t believe I didn’t think of this sooner.

    Belle β™₯ο»Ώ
    Mascara & Maltesers

  • Sounds like such a good idea! I will need to try that one out! x

    Maddy from UNSTITCHEDD

  • Hannah Gibbins

    so simple! such a good idea!

    hannah @

  • Madeleine S-B

    Such a great idea! I really want to try the Urban decay setting sprays, but am torn between the All Nighter one and the Mattifying one – do you know what their finishes like, in comparison to each other? x


      Not much difference in finish – the “matte” one just prevents oil break-through better than the all nighter, I have both, and don’t find either drying.

      • Madeleine S-B

        Good to know they’re not drying – thanks for the reply! (:

  • Need to pick these two up soon!

    Taslima | The little things in life

  • Catrin

    I love the Urban Decay setting spray but it ALWAYS makes my mascara run, will be trying a sponge next time.



      I apply my mascara last, that way it doesn’t get the chance to transfer/ run

  • Guest

    Could you possibly do a video on your current foundation routine? I find it really difficult to blend using

  • Emilia Rachael Moll

    Could you possibly do a video on your current foundation routine? I have never tried using a sponge for my foundation but would love to try it out! xx

  • Ashton Barker

    You are a genius!! I can’t wait to try this tomorrow morning… I’m thinking it will work especially well to set my undereye concealer. I could even let it set and add another layer of concealer… can’t wait to experiment!!

  • Andreia Franco

    This is what Ive been doing lately, and I MUST CONFESS that it really does work love it..

  • Talisa Lauren Tossell
  • Cassie

    I love this idea! I’m definitely going to try this next time I put on too much foundation.

  • Gillian

    I have the De-Slick spray and I couldn’t go on a night out without it now. Shine free for daaaayz.

  • Iqra

    Ingenious! Thankyou so much, I will be trying this out for sure ^_^

    and i’m uber uber excited for this week on VDM

    (so excited I used the word Uber… ._.)

    Iqra |The Blushing Giraffe


  • A great tip! I can’t wait to see what else you have in store!

  • Rosie

    Such a handy trick, will definitely have to give this one a go πŸ™‚

  • Daniella




  • great idea! thanks for sharing! πŸ™‚

  • Allison

    This is definitely one of those face-palm why didn’t I think of that moments!

  • cynth311

    Omg this is such an amazing tip! thank you for posting this! I will have to try this tomorrow morning!

  • Linda Hanchard

    I really like this idea! I think it will continue to perform especially well to set my undereye cover-up. I’m definitely going to try this the very next occasion I put on too much base. fumigations are so good! Thanks for sharing it.

  • Genius! What a great idea.

  • Kaitlin Valentine

    So smart! I love the de-slick spray from UD, so I’ll have to try this method with my beauty blender!

    Blue Valentine Vintage

  • Such a simple but brilliant idea!!

    Morgan //

  • beautywithfashionandstyle

    I might just have to try this….