I basically called my mom for help. Except when I say mom, I mean an esthetician.
As someone who works long, weird hours, lives in apartment with no air conditioning, AND wears a lot of makeup on the daily, I rely on primer and setting spray to keep my makeup on my face for as long as possible.
I once had surgery to stop my excessive sweating (also known as hyperhidrosis). But my face still sweats--and I'd like to keep it from melting all over my expensive T-shirts and pretty dresses. I work hard for that retail discount, y'all.
Skindinavia, purveyors of many fine facial sprays from setting to perfecting to bridal, is my new favorite brand solely because of their genius new invention: the primer spray. You heard it right! Primer spray! (Interestingly, Urban Decay has its All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray, which is a collabo with Skindinavia.)
Please join me in welcoming The Makeup Primer Spray to the world ... and to my beauty arsenal, where it will stay. It has pushed its cream-based competition to the back.
It's a primer, but instead of being a tube of sometimes-sticky goop that you spread on like foundation, it's a mist. And since we're all obsessed with hydrosols here at xoVain, this is the best of both worlds. Spraying things on your face is fun!
Actually, the most revolutionary aspect of the Makeup Primer Spray isn't that it's a spray, but that it is silicone-free. I don't have a problem with silicone-based products, but I know it's an issue for some. If that's you, then this is your new BFF.
Before I apply my foundation, I spritz three generous times on my face, making sure I thoroughly cover my forehead and cheeks--the bottle advises you to spray in an "X" and "T" shape. I like to let it set for a few minutes before applying the rest of my makeup. (The greatest RuPaul's Drag Race alum Willam said to let each step of your skincare and makeup process set for at least two minutes, and that's a lesson I've taken to heart.)
It creates a weightless base for your makeup, and there's no danger of pilling, regardless of how many different textures you use. Aloe extract helps calm down any redness or big ol' cranky zits. There's alcohol in it, but it doesn't feel drying. Skindinavia also makes an oil-control version, which I'll be gifting to my oily roommate Meghan.
I've used the spray under my work makeup, and it's kept everything on--even for 12-hour shifts. (I fade faster than my makeup does.) And it's great to use before I go to the beach, because the absence of silicones means it isn't slippery. So even though I'm melting under the sun--and a generous coating of Maui Babe tanning lotion--my makeup isn't sliding off my face in oily streaks.
I use the primer spray as a setting spray as well, to really seal everything on, and I've been pleased with the results thus far. Of course, it's only June and we've yet to hit 90 degrees with 80% humidity, but those days are just around the corner. I'll be keeping this spray in my fridge, ready and waiting.
Do you guys use primer? Are you like me and dabble in a few different kinds, or do you have a favorite? Are you as obsessed with the sprayable kind as I am?