This DIY makeup setting spray uses natural ingredients to keep makeup in place all day. It’s so easy to make and is much cheaper than store bought ones, you’ll wonder why you didn’t make it sooner.
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Can You Make Your Own Makeup Setting Spray?
You can absolutely make your own DIY makeup setting spray and it will work just as good as the store bought stuff. Even better, it will cost less and will only have natural ingredients that are healthy for your skin.
Some of you might be wondering: What is makeup setting spray and does it actually work?
We spend a lot of time in the morning getting our makeup to look perfect. Then half way through the day we catch a glimpse in the mirror and discover it doesn’t look so great any more. This is where the makeup setting spray comes in.
Setting spray is the final layer that keeps your makeup in place. A good makeup setting spray will keep it there all day long. Just so you know, this is a good one!
You do your makeup, spray your face with the setting spray, wait for it to dry, and then go about your day knowing your makeup won’t budge. It is really that simple.
Why You Should Make Your Own Natural Setting Spray
Ingredients are important. Especially when those ingredients will be sitting on your skin all day.
I have been on a journey the last few years trying to make my own products. Saving money is always great and I enjoy creating stuff. However, the number one reason I make my own products is because I control what goes in them
Skin is the biggest organ humans have. We put so much stuff on our skin daily. It is really scary the amount of junk that is in our lotions, sunscreens, make up, perfumes, etc. THIS is the main reason I choose to make as much of my own products as possible.
Have you ever looked at the back of your make up setting spray? The list of ingredients is long and pretty much impossible to pronounce.
Does it work? Yes! But at what cost? My makeup setting spray has 5 ingredients and I promise you can pronounce them all easily.
How to Make Your Own Setting Spray
To get started you will need a spray bottle. You can use plastic or glass. When making your own products it’s best to use glass.
Lots of homemade recipes use essential oils. Oils will break down the plastic over time. However, glass bottles are way more expensive and can break. For this reason I normally just use the plastic ones and when it seems like the bottle isn’t in great shape, I recycle it and get a new one.
You can see in the photo above that I’m using a generic store bought aloe vera gel. It’s one for sunburns that was easy to grab on a shopping trip.
It’s not the purest aloe because aloe isn’t blue in color so you know they’ve added something. If I were you I’d make sure to grab a high quality aloe but also know that something like the one I’m using will work especially if you already have it at home.
*A tiny funnel would be helpful but obviously not necessary.
DIY Makeup Setting Spray Ingredients
- 3 tablespoons Distilled Water (Or Rose water if you have that on hand)
- 2 teaspoons Vegetable Glycerine
- 1 Tablespoon Aloe Vera Gel
- 1 Teaspoon Witch Hazel
- 3 drops essential oil (I use lavender)
Simply place all ingredients in the spray bottle and shake to mix. This is where the funnel comes in handy. It can be hard to get all of the liquids in the bottle. Give it a good shake before each use to make sure it’s mixed together properly.
Why Do These Ingredients Work?
First of all I need to say please do not use tap water or regular filtered water in this recipe. You want to use distilled water only so it won’t grow bacteria or mold.
I do not have rosewater right now so I’m using distilled in my recipe. However, rosewater is GREAT to use on your face. It is soothing, moisturizing and hydrating. It can also reduce redness, balance skin, and has anti-inflammatory properties to it.
Vegetable Glycerin helps the makeup stick to it and stay in place on your face. Plus it moisturizes skin and is a natural emulsifier when mixing oils and water.
Witch Hazel works on all skin types but is especially great for sensitive skin. It is anti-inflammatory and can help with acne. Some studies have also shown it may help prevent the spread of melanoma (cancerous) cells. If you tend to have oily skin, it has been said it can help dry out some of that.
Aloe Vera Gel contains antioxidants, minerals, and vitamins that are all fantastic for our skin.
Does Homemade Setting Spray Work?
I’m seriously impressed with how well this stuff works. I live in Texas and it can get hot and humid here. This setting spray kept my makeup on all day long as promised.
By the end of the day I was a bit dewey but it looked natural and my makeup was still in place. Check out my before and after photos:
Will This DIY Makeup Setting Spray Work For All Skin Types?
There is no right answer to this. My generic answer would be yes! But I have combination skin. I’m oily on parts and I’m dry in parts. But if you are worried about this being too drying or too oily for you I recommend you make a couple adjustments.
Setting Spray for Dry Skin
- 4 TB Distilled Water (or rosewater)
- 2 tsp Vegetable Glycerin
- 2 TB Aloe Vera Gel
- 4 drops Lavender Essential Oil
Leaving out the witch hazel will help prevent more drying out. We also upped the amount of aloe vera gel. Using rosewater instead of distilled water will help moisturize as well, so keep that in mind. Using Lavender essential oil will also help dry skin so you could add that as well.
Setting Spray for Oily Skin
- 3 TB Distilled Water
- 1 TB Witch Hazel
- 2 tsp Aloe Vera Gel
- 3 drops Palmarosa Essential Oil ( great for oily skin )
Taking out the vegetable glycerin and adding the Palmarosa essential oil will help with oily skin.
Please keep in mind there are some essential oils that even though they smell good, are not good for your face if you are out in the sun. Mostly citrus ones.
Lemon essential oil for example is not good on your face in the sun. I have lemon in my DIY astringent and I NEVER use that on my face unless I am going to bed. Research oils before putting them in your spray.
How to Use Homemade Setting Spray
All you have to do to use this all-natural setting spray is to give it a good shake and then spritz it on your face once you’re done putting on your makeup. 2-3 sprays should be perfect. Then wait for it to dry.
The spray makes a small amount so it will only last about 3 months before you have to whip up another batch. Since you’re using natural ingredients the homemade setting spray has a shorter shelf life. If you have it longer than three month you should probably throw it out.
You don’t need to worry about any special storing instructions. Simply keep it with your makeup so it’s easy to use.
Upfront the ingredients seem like they cost more than buying a setting spray at the store but you’ll be able to make a ton of batches of DIY setting spray, saving you money in the end. Plus, you’ll have a much healthier version which is great for your skin.