DIY Makeup Setting Spray Formulas – Budget-friendly Fix to Hold Your Makeup

by craftmin | January 11, 2018

Make-up is pretty much the second skin of many women, who cannot leave the house without it. However, perhaps you’ve found that most make-up doesn’t stay put during a long day at work, and often wears out. High-value cosmetic brands will try and sell you products to help you fix your problem, but there is one catch: these are expensive and often aren’t very effective. With this recipe below, you can make your own DIY makeup setting spray so that you feel comfortable and well-made-up all day.

Primer or Setting Spray?

It might sound like a setting spray does exactly the same thing as a prime – after all, both keep the make-up on your face. But primers are always applied before makeup, whereas setting spray is applied only after putting your makeup on, essentially acting as a topcoat.

Where primers often take the form of a gel or cream, setting sprays come as a spray. One good thing about setting sprays is that they are transparent so there is no way that it will affect your makeup.

Caveat About Commercial Setting Spray

Most commercial setting sprays are designed with the delicate human skin in mind so they are generally okay for all skin types.

However, do not use any product which contains alcohol if you have dry or sensitive skin. Alcohol will only make your skin turn for the worse.

Go DIY Makeup Setting Spray

Why spend your hard-earned cash on products which you yourself can replicate, if not make even better?

Most commercial products contain expensive preservative ingredients that may be detrimental to human health. One perk of going DIY is that you have full control of which ingredients go into your product. Essentially, it’s a tradeoff between choosing natural ingredients over harmful artificial ones.

Another perk about going DIY is that the relative price is so much cheaper. You may even have the ingredients just waiting used, which means you get to come up with a DIY makeup setting spray literally for free.

Convinced that commercial setting spray is not for you? Here’s a list of tried-and-tested formulas which mimic, if not surpass, store-bought products:

  1. Glycerin-based DIY Makeup Setting Spray

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It is hard to ignore glycerin for its relevance to the cosmetics industry, and even more in setting sprays so where is constantly used as an active ingredient.

Glycerin makes for a very interesting ingredient in many cosmetic products due to its natural hydrating capabilities. Unlike water which only corrodes makeup, this chemical has the power to lock in the cosmetics.

What makes this particular formula so popular among women is that it is so minimalist. With only water and glycerin as the two main components, this recipe is easy to source and make.

Here’s what you need:

  • Water
  • Glycerin (preferably vegetable glycerin)

As straightforward as it sounds, this formula is as simple as putting the two ingredients together in a spritz bottle. Simply combine 1-part glycerin for every 4 parts waters then just shake the bottle to blend and complete the mixture.

Spray 3 to 4 times onto your face for your own-made spritz marvel and see long-lasting results.

  1. Rose Water-based DIY Makeup Setting Spray

Rose water is very popular as a potent skin toner. With the same benefits in the spray, this rose water recipe makes for an amazing setting spray, too.

Here’s what you need:

  • Fresh rose petals
  • Vegetable glycerin

While you can source your rose water from the market, there is more accomplishments in creating one yourself. Simply brew some fresh rose petals in piping hot distilled water. This will extract the rose petals’ essence so it can infuse into the water.

Take half a cup of the brewed water and pour in 1 tablespoon of vegetable glycerin. Mix them into a single container then transfer them into a spray bottle for use.

Use this formula after putting on your makeup for amazing results.

  1. Aloe Vera-based DIY Makeup Setting Spray

Aloe vera is used for health and beauty, and has been heralded for thousands of years.

Why not turn this skin care ingredient into something useful for keeping your makeup in place?

Here’s what you need:

  • Aloe vera gel
  • Distilled water

Pour the aloe vera gel and the warm distilled water into a spray bottle in a 1:3 ratio. Shake to combine.

Use the setting spray as needed.

  1. Witch Hazel-based DIY Makeup Setting Spray

Witch hazel is a little-known plant which is essential for skin care, as well as for a potent makeup remover.

But as contradictory as it may sound, this same plant too is capable of keeping your makeup together for longer.

Here’s what you need:

  • Witch hazel extract
  • Distilled water or fresh rose water

In a 1:3 proportion, pour the witch hazel extract and distilled fresh rose water into a spray bottle container. There is no mixing required for this formula. Instead, all you need is to store the mixture in the fridge.

As it is stored in a cold environment, the mist from this spray will be relatively cold. This is the perfect companion for your makeup during the balmy weather.

  1. Green Tea-based DIY Makeup Setting Spray

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Green tea is known for its health-boosting antioxidants, which makes it a preferred drink for many people. Did you know that this will also benefit your skin when infused as a setting spray? In fact, it can.

Here’s what you need:

  • Organic green tea
  • Distilled water
  • Vitamin E oil

Boil some distilled water in a medium-sized pot then brew the organic green tea bag for at least 15 minutes – not more than 20 minutes.

Cool down the tea completely then add 3 to 4 drops of Vitamin E oil or a Vitamin E capsule. If you use the latter, pour only a quarter of its contents into the brewed tea.

Blend everything together by stirring then transfer the formula into a spray bottle for usage.

Simply, apply the formula as needed and as many times as necessary.

Useful Tips

  • The list of recipes listed in this article are all preservative-free so they have relatively shorter shelf-life than their commercial counterparts. However, there is a way to lengthen this shelf-life: simply add vitamin E oil to the mix.
  • Without using moisturizer, some of the DIY formulas may give off a dry sensation. To offset this, simply top off your spray with a few drops of argan oil.
  • If you are finding that the recipes in this list don’t smell too great, adding essential oils to any of the formulas should address this.