– welcome back to Makeup Monday lovely readers! my second installment of The Empties is here to hopefully give you a makeup artists take on what i’ve tried, what i love, and what i wouldn’t use again. this post focuses on facial sprays of all kinds and let me tell you there are MANY kinds. to clarify this over saturated skincare category and help you wade through which ones are which and what’s right for you check out the ones below:
when i first started out learning the intricacies of skincare it was just called toner, or if you were looking at an Asian skincare brand a “lotion” or “essence”. now there are toners, essences, lotions, mists, sprays that hydrate/oil control and set your makeup. you can also turn any of your regular toners into sprays or mists just by pouring it into a spray bottle, it’s no wonder this category has been skipped over by my generation.
– TONER’S can balance your Ph level, get rid of any left over makeup from cleansing, exfoliate, hydrate and/anti-bacterialize, you usually use them with a cotton pad. FACIAL SPRAYS are meant to hydrate like this one from Mario Badescu that i picked up from Beauty Mark. this rose water spray is a favorite of mine because it’s inexpensive, and an effective hydrator after cleansing and before serum or moisturizer. i often use it at the end of my skincare routine in the evening as well as throughout a long flight or hot day to refresh. i also keep it in my professional kit for clients of all skin types as well. rose water has long been known for it’s moisturizing and calming properties on all skin types but especially on areas of dry skin. if you’ve been interested in this line and want to check out some of their best sellers, we’ve found a great deal for you HERE.
– there are times when you need a no nonsense product like the one listed previously and times you want to splurge, for those times grab yourself a bottle of Tata Harper’s Hydrating Floral Essence. not only will you be doing something good for the environment, (the product is made at her farm in Vermont using 100% all natural and biodegradable ingredients which means a smaller carbon foot print on the environment and no animals harmed in the making of it), but also good for your mood as many of the scents included int his essence are meant to refresh your mind and perk up your spirit. when i say splurge, this is something i would put on my birthday or holiday wish list, not something i would buy for myself unless i got a really big tax return.
– this Hydrating Floral Spray gives a good mist, smells refreshing and can be used on all skin types even the most sensitive. it instantly plumps and hydrates due to hyaluronic acid but as with all skincare and cosmetics please make sure you read the ingredient list before buying or using if you know you’re allergic to any specific flowers or plants.
** An important note about all facial sprays, make sure to hold the bottle 6-8 inches from your face and spray in a + motion starting from the forehead to chin and then side to side. this ensures you spray the entire face evenly**
– setting sprays are a favorite of mine as a bridal makeup artist. i used to use them just at the end of my makeup application or sprayed onto my beauty blender during the foundation application but recently have started using it as a primer as well. i like most women like to find ways to use the products in my pro kit and personal kit in different ways and discovered this after trying different ways to simplify my prep when i have to work quick.
– i had noticed during one particularly hot summer that my brides complexion makeup would start to move around even before i had finished with her bridesmaids. well i can’t have that, as her makeup is supposed to stay fresh until she decides to wash it off! i personally don’t like to layer a lot of products on myself in the heat so started to research my problem and since i use a foundation in my kit that already has a primer mixed in decided to for-go the extra layer ( that i had previously thought was going to make the makeup last longer) and instead spray on an appropriate spray ( for her skin type) once her skincare was complete for less layers and a lighter weight application. it worked wonders and i have been doing it on myself and clients ever since! i have tried SO MANY setting sprays it’s a bit appalling but always go back to this classic from MAC. the mist is super fine, so no droplet marks if you use it once your makeup is finished, it has a very light scent and is good for all skin types. if you tend to have large pores or sweat a lot i would recommend a different one, let me know in the comments below!