What Do Face Mists Actually Do?
rnrnMakeup artist Kristina Brown, who regularly works on shoots for Teen Vogue and Elle, uses facial mists to prep the skin. "I'll lightly mist the face with Evian Facial Spray ($11) and then rub a few drops of Jurlique's Rose Pure Essential Oil ($51) between my hands before massaging the face for a few minutes," she says. "The mixture really hydrates and energizes the face before I start applying makeup."
rnrnThe most obvious benefit, of course, is that it feels good to spray water on your face and a mist lets you do that without ruining your makeup. "It's very refreshing after a long flight-or before, or during," says Westman. "It's both hydrating and tightening." Her favorites include Ren'sTonic Moisture Mist ($28) and Shu Uemura's Depsea Water ($25); she prefers those with little-to-no alcohol. Clinique's Moisture Surge ($22) has caffeine for added oomph, while others, like Tatcha's new Dewy Skin Mist ($48) and Amore Pacific's Moisture Bound Skin Energy ($35), are actually moisturizing enough to stand on their own, especially in the summer.rn
rnAre they necessary? Probably not. But a little extra hydration never hurts.