You know how everyone is always talking about taking your look from daytime to nighttime, aka office to party, aka office to a quiet date at a restaurant because I'm actually too old to party now? This routine almost always involves adding a bit of smoky eye shadow, bumping up the liner and mascara, and swiping on a dark lip color in a sheer formula. What people rarely mention: your skin, even though it is often the part of your face that needs the biggest pick-me-up at the end of a long workday.
Like many people's, my skin tends to get dry in certain spots and oilier in others, both of which are aspects of my complexion that only intensify throughout the day. By midafternoon, my cheeks and the sides of my nose usually look pretty dull and sometimes even a little flaky, while my eyelids and forehead get shiny. This is precisely why I started keeping a face spritz on my desk, and while the H2O+ AquaDefense Shielding Matcha Facial Essence wasn't the first spray I tried, it has the most pleasant scent and has delivered great results, whereas most that I've used simply have a brief cooling effect on my skin.
In the morning, I cleanse and moisturize, then spray the essence about six to eight inches away from my face, making a T with it first, then lightly misting my cheeks. It acts as a sort of shield that delivers a smooth surface for makeup the same way a primer might. Then, in the late afternoon, when I'm about to leave the office, I touch up my makeup and spritz a bit of the essence over it. This allows my look to set for the evening (without having to add another layer of translucent powder) and gives my skin a hydrated, dewy glow. Now, that is the type of day-to-night technique I've always needed.