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What Are Facial Mists and Setting Sprays—and Why Should You Use Them?

Skin Care Essentials

What Are Facial Mists and Setting Sprays—and Why Should You Use Them? What Are Facial Mists and Setting Sprays—and Why Should You Use Them? What Are Facial Mists and Setting Sprays—and Why Should You Use Them?

Have you been hearing a lot about facial mists, setting sprays, and primer sprays lately and wondering what all the hype is about? Many women swear by spritzing their face with these types of products for a variety of reasons. Depending on which one you use, a facial mist, setting spray, or primer spray can help to perk up tired-looking skin, set your makeup, prep your skin for face makeup, or provide an additional boost of hydration—which can be particularly helpful if you have dry skin. But generally, all skin types can reap the benefits of a facial mist or setting spray. Ready to add one to your beauty routine? Keep reading to find out more about what they can do!

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN DIFFERENT FACE SPRAYS AND MISTS?

Wondering what exactly the difference is between all of the types of face sprays we’ve mentioned already? Facial mists are generally designed to help provide skin with a little boost of hydration, giving you an instantly refreshed feeling. Toss one in your purse or leave one at your desk—refreshing facial mists are about to become your skin’s new BFF! Setting sprays are typically used to help makeup last longer and pull your look together. Sick of your makeup always sliding off halfway through the day? It’s time to invest in a setting spray! Primer sprays are similar in that they can extend the life of your makeup, but they’re meant to be used in place of a regular old makeup primer. If you’re looking for a way to speed up your routine, a primer spray could be the way to go!

Now you have an idea of what each type of spray does, but if you aren’t sure which deserves a spot in your routine, keep reading! We’re breaking down when to reach for each one, plus, how to use them.

ADD A FACIAL MIST TO YOUR BEAUTY ROUTINE IF…

A facial mist is the perfect addition to your daily routine when you need a midday pick-me-up! In movies, you often see people splashing water on their faces to help jolt them awake. But that doesn’t sound too enjoyable, now does it? Instead, reach for a mist with a refreshing formula and spritz it on anytime you need a wakeup call throughout the day.

Even if you’re feeling totally fresh-faced and well-rested, a facial mist can also come in handy when your skin is feeling a little dry. A quick misting can give dry skin the extra boost it needs. This is particularly helpful during those cold, winter months when skin tends to get dull.

HOW TO USE A FACIAL MIST

We promise: It’s so easy! Just spray your facial mist onto clean skin morning and night before applying moisturizer and as needed during the day (typically, facial mists shouldn’t interfere with your makeup). That’s it!

ADD A SETTING SPRAY TO YOUR BEAUTY ROUTINE IF…

When you want to rock a “just applied” makeup look all day and night, a setting spray is the way to go! When your contour and your smoky eye are on point, we understand that you’ll try just about anything to maintain your look from desk to drinks. Instead of constantly reapplying or worrying about any makeup faux pas, make locking in your look with a setting spray as the last step in your makeup routine. A setting spray will increase your makeup’s lifespan—which means you can dance the night away without the fear of sweating your foundation off.

A setting spray can also come through in the clutch if you have oily skin. If you do have oily skin, chances are you’re layering on powder makeup to help your makeup stay put throughout the day. A setting spray can help soften the look of all the products you’ve previously applied—giving you the seamless look you’re after! Trust us, if you love powder makeup and layering your look, be sure to complete your beauty routine with a spritz of setting spray.

HOW TO USE A SETTING SPRAY

Once you’re done applying all of your makeup—foundation, concealer, eye shadow, mascara, lipstick, you name it—lightly mist your face with a setting spray to help lock everything in place. You can also use one midday to help refresh your makeup and keep your look lasting even longer.

ADD A PRIMER SPRAY TO YOUR BEAUTY ROUTINE IF…

Primer sprays are another type of facial spray worthy of adding to your beauty regimen—and they’ve been getting more attention as of late. A primer spray is ideal for those with oily skin. It preps your skin for your makeup application, allowing it to last longer and go on smoother! It’s also a must if you have a big occasion coming up (cough, cough—the holidays) where your makeup fading throughout the night is simply not an option.

HOW TO USE A PRIMER SPRAY

Using a primer spray is as easy as saying your ABC’s and counting to 1, 2, 3! Simply spritz it onto bare skin before applying your makeup—after going through your full skin care routine—and you’re good to go!

OUR BEST FACIAL SPRAYS

Now that you know about the different types of facial sprays, it’s time to add one to your routine! Choose one of the following L’Oréal Paris facial sprays to claim a spot in your makeup bag:

L’Oréal Paris True Match™ Lumi-Shake and Glow Dew Mist: This setting spray primes, sets, and refreshes makeup for a natural, healthy glow in just one spritz. The spray is formulated with coconut water and vitamin C for a formula that awakens skin, revives your complexion, and refreshes your makeup by providing a boost of healthy hydration. It can also be used to prep your skin for makeup or finish off a makeup look by locking in a natural, dewy glow. To get that dewy look, shake the bottle before spraying it onto your makeup brush or makeup blender. Then, use your beauty tool to blend your foundation or concealer.

Editor’s tip: For a refreshing indulgence, store the bottle in your refrigerator for a cool, reviving treat throughout the day.

L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Spray & Set Makeup Extender Setting Spray: This oil-free setting spray has a micro-fine texture to help set your look post-makeup application. The spray will lock in your makeup for a “just applied” makeup look all day! To use, hold the bottle eight to ten inches away from your face, close your eyes, and spray your face four to six times in “X” and “T” motions. Voila!

Want to learn more tricks for helping your makeup last? Head over to our article, Long-Lasting Look: 4 Tips for All-Day (and All-Night) Flawless Makeup.