Setting sprays are magical products that “set” your makeup, keeping it in place, and hydrating your skin. But those magical sprays don’t always have the best ingredients. Why keep buying more and more sprays when you can just make your own? It’s better for your body because it cuts out chemicals and better for the environment because it cuts down on single-use packaging.
Those same chemicals that set your makeup can also clog your pores, make you breakout, and prevent your skin from breathing. Sounds pretty claustrophobic if you ask me! They can also use forms of alcohol that can be drying, canceling out the hydrating properties they claim to have.
So, what did we pick for our DIY setting spray? Rosewater hydrates the skin, keeping it glowy and fresh. It can also control oil, act as an anti-inflammatory, and is great for acne-prone skin. Meanwhile, witch hazel reduces oiliness, keeping your makeup in place. It’s also an astringent and helps relieve sensitive skin and reduce the appearance of blemishes.
Last, you’ll need an essential oil. You can use whichever essential oil you prefer, but I suggest lavender oil. Lavender oil is known to reduce inflammation, keeping redness down, and reducing the appearance of under-eye bags. This is a great option for people with acne-prone, oily, or mature skin. Dry skin can also benefit from this recipe, especially from the rosewater and lavender oil!
Lavender is a great choice because it’s gentle, but there are many options you could use. Other great options include peppermint, which can support blood circulation and help relieve headaches, or eucalyptus, which moisturizes the skin and helps clear the mind and airways. You’ll want to stay away from citrus oils like lemon or orange because they can cause photosensitivity that makes you more susceptible to sunburns.
What about glycerin? If you look up “DIY Setting Spray,” you’ll see quite a few recipes that use vegetable glycerin. While glycerin is perfectly fine to use, it’s also oily and dewy, which doesn’t make it a great option for those with oily skin who want a more matte or semi-matte finish. It also tends to sweat off in the heat. You can adjust the amounts in this recipe depending on your skin type. Add a little more rosewater if your skin is drier or leave as is for normal to oily skin.
You’ll also need a spray bottle for this recipe. I always recommend glass. Not only is it better for essential oil storage, but it’s also better for our environment as it’s recyclable and can be reused many times over. You’ll also need a funnel and measuring cups and spoons, although you can always eyeball it if you have to.
DIY makeup setting spray recipe:
- 1 ½ cups water
- 1 tablespoon witch hazel
- 1 tablespoon Rosewater Toner
- 2-3 drops of lavender essential oil
Shake all ingredients together in a spray bottle and store in the refrigerator for 2-3 weeks.
How to use your new DIY makeup setting spray:
Close your eyes and spritz lightly over your face after your makeup has been applied. Allow to air dry.