Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Will facial mists set or disperse my makeup?

Do you use facial sprays or hydration mists as some call it?  Apart from refreshing and hydrating our faces, some gals like to use this to set their makeup.  I for one, do that everyday.  However, recently, I read in a book by Bobbi Brown that this is not such a good idea because facial mists actually disperse our makeup, rather than help to set it.  Is that true?

Squirts vs mists I think the trick is to pick a facial spray that works well as a mist.  I’ve used a couple of brands and I find that some are poor performers only because their nozzles do not function properly.  As a result, the mists come out like a squirt of water and will definitely ruin your makeup!

Nozzle must work well So if you’re in the market for a facial mist, my personal favorite that I have in my makeup kit is 

Caudalie's Beauty Elixir To Go (1 fl oz.) with a suggested retail value of $15. It is part-toner, part-serum mist of essential oils and plant active ingredients.

If you are on a bit of a budget, a good inexpensive facial mist set is  

Evian's Mineral Water Spray Duo To Go with a suggested retail value of $11, this set contains two 1.7 fl oz. travel-sized hydrating facial sprays .

The nozzles on both these products always work fine plus the mists that comes out are really fine and not too strong, which is excellent to set makeup, giving me a less cakey look. Both of these products can be found at any Sephora store and contain Sephora's natural seal of approval. 

Tricks to misting When spraying, do not hold the facial mist too close to your face.  I know some ladies do this “walking in the mist” trick where they hold the facial mist at a distance, spritz generously and then walk into the mist.  In addition, it’s not a good idea to spritz facial mist all over your face too many times with makeup on.  I used to do that to soothe and keep my face refresh but at the end of the day, I found my makeup become streaky because of too much water content.  So these days, I spritz minimally, like twice a day at most.

Beauty essential vs good-to-have And finally, besides using them to set my makeup, I find facial mists are excellent to prevent water loss when they are applied immediately prior to using a moisturizer.  So for me, they’re a beauty essential rather than a good-to-have.

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