What Do Face Mists Actually Do?

by Who What Wear
Whenever we see a makeup artist whip out a bottle of facial spray, we raise our eyebrows a bit. If anything in the drugstore feels like a scam, it's a $15 aerosol can of water. And yet, nearly every artist we've met has one in their bag of tricks and an increasing number of brands are releasing pumped-up versions offering more than just a chance to cool down. So what do the sprays actually do? And more importantly, are they worth their cost?"I use them primarily to get the makeup to settle into the skin, so that it doesn't feel like the makeup is sitting on top of the skin," says Gucci Westman, Revlon's global artistic director and the makeup artist responsible for the runway beauty at shows like rag & bone an Oscar de la Renta. In other words the added moisture keeps the skin looking like skin instead of powder.

rnrnMakeup artist Kristina Brown, who regularly works on shoots for Teen Vogue and Elle, uses facial mists to prep the skin. "I'll lightly mist the face with Evian Facial Spray ($11) and then rub a few drops of Jurlique's Rose Pure Essential Oil ($51) between my hands before massaging the face for a few minutes," she says. "The mixture really hydrates and energizes the face before I start applying makeup."

rnrnThe most obvious benefit, of course, is that it feels good to spray water on your face and a mist lets you do that without ruining your makeup. "It's very refreshing after a long flight-or before, or during," says Westman. "It's both hydrating and tightening." Her favourites include Ren'sTonic Moisture Mist ($28) and Shu Uemura's Depsea Water ($25); she prefers those with little-to-no alcohol. Clinique's Moisture Surge ($22) has caffeine for added oomph, while others, like Tatcha's new Dewy Skin Mist ($48) and Amore Pacific's Moisture Bound Skin Energy ($35), are actually moisturizing enough to stand on their own, especially in the summer.rn

rnAre they necessary? Probably not. But a little extra hydration never hurts.

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