March 25th 2017
If you’ve ever misted your freshly made up face with hairspray, you’ll be familiar with the desire to make your makeup last as long as possible, but I must assure you that there’s another way. I was a ‘mister’ in the 90s (no, not a boy…), and I have far too heady memories of the chemical cloud invading my orifices, not to mention the sticky film of highly fragranced lacquer and resulting irritation that followed a good hairspray face date. It seemed worth it at the time, given that it made my tweeny bopper glittery blusher last throughout the school disco and beyond, but these days the hairspray trick is well and truly redundant, no matter your age, as there’s a makeup setting spray to suit everyone. Whether oily skin, hot flushes, flakiness or simply time itself are your makeup longevity nemeses, this line up have it covered…
Urban Decay makeup setting sprays enjoy well deserved cult status amongst makeup maniacs like myself, not to mention clubbers, office workers, gym bunnies and holiday goers. Given that most of us fit into at least one of these categories the majority of the time (hating on you if it’s the last one), it’s time you got acquainted with the makeup world’s magic mist. A variation on Urban Decay’s classic ‘All Nighter’ setting spray (does exactly what it says on the bottle), ‘Chill’ not only prolongs and adds polish to your makeup, but it also cools and hydrates, taking you from hot and bothered to dewy and serene in a spritz. As well as freezing makeup for up to 12 hours, this cool customer contains aloe to soothe parched and clammy skin and boasts time-release temperature control technology to actively ‘chill’ the skin’s surface. The time release part evaded me somewhat, but a squirt of this in a stuffy office is nothing short of divine, whether you need to give your makeup added powers of endurance or not.
If spraying additional gunk onto your shiny bits puts you off makeup fixing sprays, it’s time to engage in a revolution, or rather get familiar with Makeup Revolution. The brand has been making waves in the beauty world for its extensive, professional-inspired yet affordable offering (makeup magpies should check out the eye palettes in particular), and this value for money makeup fixing spray leaves skin velvety and shine-free and extends your 7am game face well into the afternoon. I needed to touch up both on the oil and makeup slippage front pre evening out, but you can’t argue with this budget, for the most part budge-free option on a price to performance level- £5 barely buys you lunch these days.
This is the first ever makeup setting spray I remember seeing on the shelves, and the reformulated Clarins Fix’ Make Up does indeed feel very grown-up. Zingy plant extracts add a little decadence and sophistication to what is otherwise a less than glamorous and functional step in your getting ready or ladies loos sprucing routine. Stimulating, reviving and almost aromatherapeutic, this feels more mini-facial than makeup sealing, but it stops makeup from sliding as its name suggests, with added silica microspheres to mop up oil. One thing to note is that it’s quite heavy on the fragrance front, so if perfume gives you skin grief this may be one to dodge. Otherwise, it’s dreamy.
Clarins Fix’ Makeup, £24
Forget the espresso, green juice or strong mug of char, what your skin and energy levels need first thing is a shot of this zippy, glow-giving mist. Under, over or even mixed into makeup, MAC Mineralize Charged Water creates a radiant, refreshed base that belies fatigue and flagging spirits. Slightly sparkly (don’t let that put you off- the effect is more radiant than razzle dazzle), the spray contains green tea extracts to pep up skin and, get this, ACTUAL diamond powder to create luminosity. If your makeup looks a bit ‘meh’ and flat at any point, Charged Water will quite literally charge to your rescue, as it has done to countless models and makeup artists on shoots and backstage at shows throughout the years. This is hands down one of my favourites; it’s nourishing, beautifying and, in my experience, entirely non-irritating, which isn’t always a given with other fixants (*hairspray).
MAC Mineralize Charged Water, £16.20
Kiko’s aerosol setting spray probably comes as close to the dreaded hair product formally mentioned of the bunch, but the fact that it contains soothing chamomile, tailored cosmetic alcohol and is hypoallergenic makes it far less detrimental to both skin and your airways. That’s leaving out the fact that it’s incredibly effective; it puts makeup under lock and key for a good 12 hours, and probably more if you’re a party animal. It dries instantly and is invisible to the naked eye, but your flawless face will continue to remind you throughout the day that is most definitely present, correct and doing its thing. Spray from a distance to avoid pain.
Kiko Makeup Fixer, £7.90
Don’t have a particular brief or concern but want it all? Enter Pixi Makeup Fixing Mist. Hydrating yet also shine-evading and somehow pore-shrinking, the rosewater and green tea based elixir makes sure that your makeup doesn’t do a runner while also calming and conditioning skin. A cocktail of plant extracts plus skin barrier boosting glycerin and inflammation fighting niacinamide, your skin will drink this up and look better for it, makeup or no makeup. Keep it desk side, in the fridge, in the glove pocket, but most importantly, to hand; it’s a gem.
Short of sticking your face in a rose bush at midday, it doesn’t get fresher or more organically floral that Melvita Rose Beauty Mist. Delicate, dainty and really very rosy (that’ll be the main ingredient, namely rosa damascena flower water), it was made for makeup and nerve melting moments such as hot car journeys and flustered commutes. It also has the added benefit of smelling incredible, for which you will be thankful in the above situations, but be wary if even natural fragrances have got you into spots of skincare bother in the past. Excluding that, the fine spray could fool your senses into presuming you’re in the south of France, or maybe heaven. Either is preferable on a grey day. The cooling element prevents makeup from migrating, although using this might make you want to.