I basically called my mom for help. Except when I say mom, I mean an esthetician.
I'm addicted to spraying things on my face. There is nothing I hate more (ha, imagine if that was true) than finishing my foundation and not dousing my face is some sort of fancy water. I think it melts all my makeup into my skin, making me look all baby-faced and glowy. I also think by applying something over the foundation, it coats it like a varnish and helps everything last. These are my thoughts, and they might not be true.
One thing that cannot be denied, however, is that spraying fancy water on your face takes down any powdery, dry-face-ness. It also feels bloody great, and you can never take that away from me.
Loads of people are now on board with this spray thing (or, as fancy people call them, "spritzes," or spritz's rich grandmother, "mists"). People go particularly bananas for setting sprays — Urban Decay's are mega popular. While these do help with longevity, I can't really justify a face full of alcohol every day (unless you're talking about inside my face — HEYOO!). It's drying and damaging, and I don't want dry and damaged skin. I get enough of that from my hair.
The face mists I buy fully formed usually have words like "glow" or "radiance" on the bottle. Otherwise, I will happily use something all-natural or do a bit of facial mixology. They are skincare-based but for immediate aesthetic gain; most of them could be used as, and indeed are often sold as, toners.
The Body Shop is a good place to go for handy spray bottles full of dew. The Vitamin E Hydrating Face Mist smells like babies and adds a soft haze of shine. For more intense shine (or targeted "highlighter" application) try the Vitamin C Energizing Face Mist. I'm sure the fragrance in this is bad for your facial health, but atop makeup, how much can it really be touching your skin, right? Either way, it smells like oranges, and whenever I spray it in public (more often than you might think), whoever I'm with usually wants a go, too.
It gives a similar glow effect to the extremely expensive mists, plus it doesn't smell like the bottom of the sea. Both of these come in handy bag-appropriate packaging, for face-shining on the go.
From Lush is the Eau Roma Water. This is basically rosewater fancified. The Tea Tree Water can be used in the same "makeup finishing" way for more acne'd chicks, plus both of them multitask as toners. These are great if you want something natural, although the spray nozzles leave something to be desired — less a mist and more a squirt (sorry). Also, they need to be used faster because of their natural ingredients; my Eau Roma has started to smell almost exactly like celery.
Boots Botanics does a pretty good rosewater spray, which is cheap enough to douse yourself in quite freely. The smell of this is, quite simply, divine, but it does have alcohol and sneaky citrus fragrance. Better as a setter than a toner, IMO.
Of course, you can always just buy rosewater and stick it into a spray bottle. One xoReader cautioned me that in their doing this, they accidentally sprayed full mold on their face (the stuff of nightmares), but this has never happened to me. I buy rosewater, which is already in plastic bottles, then tip in into a sanitized sprayer.
Rosewater makes me glow like nobody's business, which, if you haven't guessed, is my MO. The fun DIY aspects comes when adding to a rosewater base. For acne, a few drops of tea tree oil can help. If you're super-dry, you could add a different, more nourishing oil like jojoba — just make sure to shake before your spray.
Finally, after visiting the USA sans facial spray (classic packing error), I wanted something cheap to tide me over until I got back to my embarrassingly large collection at home. In the aisles of Rite Aid, I discovered something interesting: Dickinson's Enhanced Witch Hazel Hydrating Toner. It was the cheapest thing I'd ever used: $5 for 16 ounces, to be exact. And the ingredients were promising: no alcohol or fragrance, plus witch hazel, aloe vera, hyaluronic acid and vitamin E.
It has that weird smoked-meat smell of witch hazel, but effectively adds glow and moisture while doing the whole pore-refining thing. I poured some into a clean spray bottle and have been using it to set, and it has been doing me great!
- Presumably everyone else is already addicted to face sprays? (I'm not fancy enough to call them mists yet.)
- Which are your favorites? Ready-mades, DIYs — I want to know about them all!