You may never think that creating your DIY Setting Spray is super easy and you’ll only spend for a fraction of the cost of the most popular brands AND best of all it works!
If you have similar views to mine, however, you are probably looking for a homemade alternative (DIY makeup setting spray) to the commercial products.
DIY Setting Spray
Another similar DIY is a setting spray, like MAC Fix+ or ELF Makeup Mist and Set. Fixing, or setting spray, is used to set your makeup in place for the day and to keep powder from looking powdery or cakey.
You will need:
- Travel size spray bottle
- Rose water OR lavender water OR any non-alcohol toner
- Vegetable glycerin OR aloe vera juice (I bought mine from Amazon.com)
- Tea tree oil (optional, for oily/acne prone skin)
① Mix 1 part glycerin to 4 parts infused water/toner (rose water, lavender water).
② For oily skin, you can mix 1 part glycerin to up to 7 parts water (rose water, lavender water).
③ For acne prone skin, you can add a drop of tea tree oil for every 4 tablespoons of the solution.
Note: Adding a bit of tea tree oil to your spray will be a great help if you have oily or acne prone skin! Start with few drops add more, if you like.
Aloe vera and lavender are antibacterial and are good for acne prone skin, as well as redness. Check here on how to make a DIY Rosewater.
These concoctions do not contain preservatives, so only use them for 2 weeks (3 weeks if stored in the fridge) before tossing. Make them in small batches and see how much you use, and then you can adjust how much you make the second time!
This is a natural alternative to expensive setting sprays. It also works as a great toner. Just mist your face after applying your makeup, and wear it all day long!
DIY Mixing Medium
Making your mixing medium is a relatively simple task because the ingredients are quite basic. The manner in which the DIY medium will increase the vividness of makeup colors is similar to what you will be achieved through the use of a store-bought medium.
Some of the most spectacular looks are created using a mixing medium. Mixing mediums are most often water, alcohol or gel-based and can be purchased from nearly every makeup store and beauty website.
Note: When applying, the shadow + mixing medium will be difficult to blend once dry, so work quickly!
You will need:
- A travel size pump or flip-top bottle.
- Pure glycerin (can be found in most drugstores on the lotion/skincare aisle)
- Distilled water (or you can boil water, but wait for it to cool!)
All you have to do is mix 1 part glycerin with 3 parts water in your bottle, and shake well.
The Benefits of the Ingredients
① Vegetable Glycerin
Vegetable glycerin is the first and the most important ingredient of a DIY makeup setting spray.
Vegetable glycerin is a popular additive in many cosmetic products because it makes skin much softer. It is of natural origin, and it helps seal moisture inside the skin.
A few studies have even been carried out to discover that vegetable glycerin-containing products could have a skin cancer preventive effect. Vegetable glycerin can relieve skin conditions like psoriasis, as well.
The glycerin is a powerful solvent, which means that it can be used with a broad range of herbals and plant extracts. If you want to create rich and highly beneficial formulas for your skin, you can try a medley of glycerin-based recipes.
The basic recipe uses water alongside the vegetable glycerin, but you can substitute that with aloe vera juice. The skin care benefits of aloe vera are undoubted, and its addition will only increase the benefits of your makeup setting spray.
② Aloe Vera
Aloe vera has soothing qualities, and it is suitable for sensitive skin. The juice of the plant has anti-bacterial properties, which turn it into the perfect hydrating substance for acne-prone skin.
You will benefit from aloe vera juice if you want to prevent the premature appearance of wrinkles and maintain the plumpness of your skin.
③ Vitamin E Oil
The final additive you can use to enrich the formula is vitamin E oil. Vitamin E is a strong antioxidant that promotes the healing of the skin and prevents the premature appearance of wrinkles.
The oil can be purchased at any drug store, which turns it into a convenient and affordable addition to your DIY makeup setting spray.
This is it! Your DIY makeup setting spray will be ready in no time. Keep in mind that though Vegetable Glycerin is a natural preservative, the final spray will be chemical free and it will spoil faster than commercially manufactured cosmetics.
Making small quantities of the spray more frequently is the best strategy to prevent waste.