Contessa Schexnayder is a makeup artist and has been shackled to the beauty industry for over nine years, working for such lines and retailers as Nars, MAC, Bobbi Brown, Blue Mercury, and Space NK. She is a self-proclaimed ingredient know-it-all, and likes long walks on the beach.
With all of the lotions and potions beauty companies are hustling the last thing you need is another useless product to waste money on. Keeping this in mind, I can say with great confidence that you need some facial mist in your life. Not only does it set your makeup, but it also helps with: calming, hydrating, replenishing, adding radiance, and irritation. Mists are beauty lifesavers and can take you from looking tired and lackluster to bright and dewy in seconds. Trust me.
I've rounded up the five best misters on the market. And if you can't get behind shelling out for water to spray on your face, we've added some alternative uses (i.e. scolding your cat, warding off zombies, pretending you went to the gym).
Though this might appear to be just Evian water packaged in a handy fancy spritz container, it offers more convenience then throwing a bottle of water on your face. This spritzer is great for dry, flaky, easily irritated skin and can be used under and over makeup as an instant “pick-me-up.” It's perfect for long flights or sitting for eight to 10 hours a day in a heavily air conditioned/heat box office. It is also marvelous for parched wintertime skin. Price: $10-20
Alternate uses: If you are stranded on a desert island and have nothing to drink you will be thankful that you remembered to pack this in your purse. Also, can be used on naughty couch scratching felines.
If a toner and serum had a baby this would be it. Caudalie Beauty Elixir is great for those wanting a quick boost of radiance. This potion contains a mix of essential oils that will tighten pores with out all the fuss of having to reapply moisturizer, and it’s perfect for oily acne prone skin. Though it is not potable, its anti-aging benefits and lovely fragrance will leave you pleased as punch. And the price is right. Price: $16
Alternative use: If you have a friend that is behaving irrationally due to the sudden demise of a relationship, ambush them with a spray of hydration. When the shock of being misted wears off, they will be thankful that you drenched them in the face with a spray of instant pretty.
Price point-wise this is the Cadillac of facial mist, but for good reason. Tata Harper's Hydrating Floral Essence is packed full of 100% high grade natural ingredients, and is hand made on her farm in Vermont. It contains anti-inflammation properties such as witch hazel, white willow, and aloe barbadensis leaf juice, which means it's perfect those with sensitive chapped skin prone to redness. Its humectant properties are great for dewy hydration, and it won’t clog pores. Also, the smell of rose, lavender and orange blossom makes this a delectable aromatic boost that you will enjoy being damp in. Price: $65
Alternative use: It’s the end of the world and zombies are running amuck. On the verge of being attacked by the shambling undead, you spray a sweet-smelling mist of confusion, and manage to escape in style.
Dehydrated skin is far from sexy. Hence why companies use words such as, dewy and soothing when describing products. Clinique’s Moisture Surge Face Spray Thirsty Skin Relief--say that three times fast--is a great solution for those of you who don't want oils in their mist but still want the benefits of hydration. This wonder mist balances the skin while replenishing it without ruining or disrupting makeup. It’s great for all climates and will refresh all skin types; leaving the skin glowy and soft, but not greasy. Price: $22
Alternative use: You have been fired from your job for sending a mass email to everyone in the office threatening to pummel to next person who eats your Greek yogurt. As you are leaving, the sexist guy from accounting smugly whispers that he has been the one snacking on your afternoon treat because you would not date him. Pounce on him, and spray him relentlessly until security drags you away. No one puts baby in a corner.
Don’t like the idea of spraying water on your face during the day? Then this hydrating mist is for you. Amore Pacific’s Moisture Bound Skin Energy Hydration Delivery System magically uses bamboo sap instead of water to hydrate and energize the skin. It softens and brightens and is infused with minerals to give long lasting benefits throughout the day. Price: $35
Alternative use: After nagging your roommates about their unhealthy life style you decided to head to the gym. On your way, you pass a pizza place and scarf down four slices and soda. Instead of looking like a hypocrite, hose yourself down with the mist, -which will give you the appearance of being sweaty- then pretend to be out of breath when you come back into the house. Your roommates will be impressed with your new approach to life.