You know how sometimes you look back on old pictures and wonder how you ever survived without doing your eyebrows? Back before “doing your eyebrows” was ever a thing?
I feel like that now about face mists.
I pretty much can’t leave the house without spritzing my face. It’s a real problem. I’ve even started carrying a face mist in my handbag for a mid-afternoon pick-me-up, and I don’t even care when people look at me spritzing away brazenly like I’m mad.
If you’d asked me a few months ago to discuss my views on face mists, I would’ve told you they might make your makeup last a bit longer, and some might smell kind of nice, but on the whole they’re not essential. If you buy one of the super duper expensive ones, I would’ve said you are probably wasting your hard-earned pennies on overpriced, mildly-scented water.
Me today: don’t mind me, I’m just spritzing my face with an aromatic mist that effectively costs 50p per millilitre. No, sorry, I don’t mean ‘effectively’; I mean I am actually using – and advocating – a face mist that costs £50 for 100ml.
Before you judge me, I didn’t buy this. Nor was I gifted it. I actually won it in a competition with Space NK. I went to the launch of the Oxford store and I picked the “magic key” that opened a cabinet with £1000 worth of makeup and skincare products inside. Which I was then told I’d WON.
Was it the best moment of my life? Yes, apart from the fact that everyone in the shop started clapping and I didn’t quite know how to react (I think I might have curtseyed).
Ironically, the product that I remember scoffing at as being one that I would just never use (in the most grateful and humble way possible, I promise), was the Omorovicza Queen of Hungary Mist.
A mist? What does it do? What’s in it? And who is the Queen of Hungary? I had so many questions, and none seemed to be immediately answerable. This product doesn’t claim to be a miracle fixing spray, or a magical solution to rebalance the mind (don’t laugh, those really exist, and I may or may not own one). It simply claims to be a “gentle, aromatic toner, inspired by the world’s first recorded fragrance – The Queen of Hungary Water”.
So, why have I become so obsessed? And not just with this product, but with the whole “face mist” category overall?
Well, my internet friends, hear me out, because I’m about to give you 5 solid reasons why face mists are a great idea.
1. B L E N D
We’re not talking in the beautyblender sense here. Unfortunately you can’t dot your foundation onto your face and spritz on a face mist, expecting it to blend out seamlessly (wouldn’t that be the dream).
No, we’re talking the final step of the makeup routine, after everything has been applied, including the powders. Especially the powders. A face mist has a wonderful way of blending or “melting” powders into the skin, to make everything look a lot like skin again.
2. H Y D R A T E
All skins need hydration! This is something I only learnt recently. I used to think that having oily skin meant your face was too hydrated, but no – there is an important difference between dry skin and dehydrated skin.
Dry skin is a skin type (the opposite end of the spectrum to oily), whereas dehydrated skin is a condition that anyone can experience (caused by factors such as diet, sun damage, harsh weather etc). Oily skin can therefore still be dehydrated.
Dehydrated skin essentially lacks water, so a few spritzes of a hydrating face mist before makeup (and before any oil-based products) – or throughout the day – can help to give that much needed hydration.
3. A D D G L O W / M A T T I F Y
I used to want to mattify my makeup back when my skin was oily AF. Mattifying face mists also tend to be great at fixing makeup in place (see point 4). Now, I’m fully aboard the glow bandwagon, and I’ll flock to a luminising product faster than you can say champagne pop. Face mists are a great way to give your makeup a particular ‘finish’ without having to devote yourself to specifically matte / glowy base products.
4. F I X M A K E U P
This is probably one of the most popular reasons for using a face mist, particularly with the rise of the ‘Instagram makeup’ trend. Iconic products like MAC’s Fix+ and Urban Decay All Nighter spray can set your makeup in place and ultimately extend its staying power.
Personally, I would only really use a setting spray on clients that have oily skin and need the staying power (i.e. for weddings), because I find that a longwear foundation and setting powder does a good enough job otherwise. But if you’re needing that extra hold, a fixing spray can make all the difference.
5. R E F R E S H
Last but definitely not least, face mists provide a burst of freshness, which can instantly revitalise the face. Some can even have a calming effect.
One of the other products I won (and scoffed at, humbly) in the Space NK competition was a ‘liquid Yoga spray’, which claims to bring ‘cooling vibes’ to any room or situation. And sure enough – I’m now obsessed with this too. Give me those cooling vibes all day long. I even spray it on my pillow before bed whilst pondering over what kind of person I’ve become.
Jokes aside, if you haven’t tried a face mist or you’re sceptical (as I was), have a think about which of the above reasons resonates with you most and try a suitable one out. If you already use one, I’d love to hear your favourites!