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

by craftmin | January 11, 2018

Putting on makeup is one of the fundamental practice by which women embellish themselves for others to see. While beautifying, power-based cosmetics do not firmly hold in place which make them erosive under the elements of liquid. Bare facial makeup and fluids are not necessarily friends. But there is a means by which cosmetics are made to stick more which you can personally make for yourself: DIY makeup setting spray.

Primer or Setting Spray?

This may sound exactly as what a primer does in keeping the makeup lasts longer on your face. But primers, for all intents and purposes, are always applied before a makeup. A setting spray, on the other hand, is applied only after you had your makeup on, essentially acting as a topcoat.

While essentially the same in terms of functionality, a setting spray offers significant benefits which makes it preferable for many cosmetic users.

Where primers often take the form of a gel or cream, setting sprays come in as a spray. However, setting sprays are not as erosive as human sweat or water and does what it is supposed to: keep your makeup on for longer.

One good thing about setting sprays is that they come off transparent in color. Meaning, there is literally no way that it will affect the coloration of your makeup.

Caveat About Commercial Setting Spray

Most commercial setting sprays are designed with the delicate human skin in mind. The use of this cosmetic formula is generally okay for all skin types.

As a caveat, however, do not use a variety of this product which contains alcohol if you have a dry or sensitive skin. Alcohol will only make your skin turn for the worse and is something you won’t want on your supposedly glorious day.

Go DIY Makeup Setting Spray

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

It’s an all-known fact that most commercial products contain expensive preservative ingredients that may only be detrimental to human health. One perk of going DIY is that you have full control of which ingredients go into your science project. Essentially, it’s a tradeoff between choosing natural ingredients over the harmful artificial ones.

Another perk about going DIY is that of the relative price it takes to fetch the ingredients you need for your concoction. At the right-most condition, you may already have the ingredients in your surroundings just waiting to be picked up for your chemical experiment. Meaning, 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 some tried-and-tested formulas which mimics, if not surpass, these store products:

  1. Glycerin-based DIY Makeup Setting Spray

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It is hard to ignore glycerin especially knowing its relevance in the cosmetics industry. This is more so in the setting spray lineup of product where it remains constant as an active ingredient. But why, exactly?

As it appears, glycerin makes for a very interesting ingredient in many cosmetic products due to its natural hydrating capabilities. Unlike water which only corrodes a powder makeup, this chemical has the power to lock in the cosmetics for tighter hold.

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

Here’s what you need:

  • Water
  • Glycerin (preferably, vegetable glycerin)

As straightforward as it is, the concoction for this formula is as simple as putting the two ingredients together in a spritz bottle. For the perfect proportion, simply put 1-part glycerin for every 4 parts waters. Afterwards, just shake the bottle to make to blend and complete the mixture.

Spray some 3 to 4 times of your own-made spritz marvel and see long-lasting result on your makeup later on.

  1. Rose Water-based DIY Makeup Setting Spray

Rose water has had its popularity as a potent skin toner. Putting the same benefits in the spray, this rose water recipe makes for an amazing setting spray, too.

Here’s what you need:

  • Some fresh rose petals
  • Vegetable glycerin

While you may source your rose water from the market, there is more accomplishments in coming with one yourself. To do so, simply brew some fresh rose petals in a piping hot distilled water. Let the process extract the rose petals’ essence and be infused into the water.

Take half cup of the brewed water and pour in 1 tablespoon of vegetable glycerin in it. Complete the mixture by choosing to mix them from a single container. Transfer them into a spray bottle for use.

Use this formula after putting on your makeup and let it dry by not wiping. See amazing results afterwards.

  1. Aloe Vera-based DIY Makeup Setting Spray

The use of aloe vera for health and beauty is not without herald. Women, particularly, swear by it.

But why not turn this skin care ingredient into something equally as useful as keeping your makeup into place? As it turns out, it can!

Here’s what you need:

  • Aloe vera gel
  • Distilled water

At 1:3 ratio, simply pour both the pure aloe vera gel and the warm distilled water in a spray bottle. Begin mixture by shaking and finish it after shaking thoroughly.

Use the setting spray as needed.

  1. Witch Hazel-based DIY Makeup Setting Spray

Witch hazel is a plant that is not known to all of us. But for those who do, know this plant as essential in our skin care. Otherwise, they had probably known this plant as well as a potent makeup remover.

But as contradicting as it may sound like, 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

At 1:3 proportion, pour the witch hazel extract and distilled/fresh rose water in a spray bottle container. Ironically, there is no mixing required for this formula. Instead, what you need is to store the mixture in the fridge.

Coming from a cold environment, expect that the mist from this spray be relatively cold as well. 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 a drink known for its health-boosting antioxidants which makes it a preferred drink to many people. But did you know that you can make use of this same benefit on 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

Start the mixture by boiling some distilled water in a medium-sized pot. Brew the organic green tea bag in it for at least 15 minutes and not more than 20 minutes.

Cool down the tea completely to as low as the room temperature. Add 3 to 4 drops of Vitamin E oil into it. Alternatively, a Vitamin E capsule works, too. But, if the latter, pour only a quarter of its contents into the brewed tea.

Blend everything together by stirring. When done, transfer the formula into a spray bottle for usage.

There is no number of sprays required for this specific formula to do its wonders on your face by locking your makeup. 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. As such, 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 into the mix.
  • Without the benefit of a moisturizer, some of the DIY formulas in the list may give off a dry sensation after usage. To offset this bothering problem, simply top off your spray with a few drops of argan oil.
  • If you are finding the recipes in this list to not smell great, adding essential oils to any of the formulas addresses it.

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