20 Sep INTO THE MIST.
There are so many different kinds of sprays in the market and I’ve noticed that people often get mixed up between them. Even I was getting all confused and reaching for whichever spray was the closest to drown my face in. I would watch people spray their faces with Fix+ before anything only to read the comments saying that was all wrong. So curious me did some researching again.
There are 3 common sprays out there: a refresher spray, a setting spray and a fixing/finishing spray.
A refresher spray is really just for freshening up your skin before the makeup application. This is the Evian Natural Mineral Water Facial Spray ($15), the Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Herb and Rosewater ($7), the Avène Thermal Water ($18.50) etc. It is essentially just water with some mineral infusion. This just adds a little extra moisture to revive your skin. That’s all it really does and that’s all it’s meant for. Spraying this after your makeup application is pointless because all it does is wet your face.
Now this is where the lines get blurred with all these sprays. People often mistake setting sprays as finishing sprays. What’s the difference? Setting sprays melt your makeup into one smooth layer. It sets your makeup and secures it. These sprays have more botanical oils infused in them. The oil infusion is what flattens out the layers and turns your face into a smooth canvas. Do not use setting sprays to prep or refresh your skin because it will make anything you put on top of it difficult to blend which will lead to patchiness and cakeyness.
Fixing/Finishing sprays have one job and that is to hold your makeup in place as long as possible. These sprays contain alcohol to speed up the dry time. So to keep your face locked in for the night, its best to spray this on top of a setting spray. This literally seals the deal.
If you’ve watched me put makeup on, you’d see that I always start with the Skindinavia Makeup Primer Spray Oil Control ($35) and go on with my routine. When I’m done with my face and all I have left to do are my brows and mascara, I grab my MAC Fix+ ($25) to set all the makeup I’ve put. After doing my brows and applying layers of mascara, that’s when I spray the Skindinavia Finishing Spray ($29) in either oil control or bridal depending on the look I’m going for.
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