DIY Makeup Setting Spray
You’ve probably noticed that most Makeup Setting Sprays can be expensive, but this DIY Makeup Setting Spray can be made for mere pennies! It has only 2 ingredients and it is healthy for your skin. What more could you ask?
I don’t know about you, but I love DIY anything. I guess you could say I’m a “do-it-yourself-er!” Most of the time, doing things and making things yourself can save you a bundle of money.
For this spray, I like to use the little 2 oz. fine mist spray bottles because they are small and I can make a small amount to use within a couple of weeks. Then, I make a fresh batch.
DIY Makeup Setting Spray Recipe
- 2 teaspoons Vegetable Glycerin
- Bottled water (or distilled water)
I saved a tiny little measuring cup that came with some liquid medicine. I keep it inverted on top of the glycerin bottle in my medicine cabinet – that way, it’s handy!
Measure the Vegetable Glycerin and put it into a 2 oz. spray bottle. Add the bottled water to fill it. Shake it gently to incorporate the water and the Glycerin. You’ll notice that it stays clear once the glycerin is all incorporated.
Watch video tutorial for how to make this homemade setting spray here.
How to use DIY Makeup Setting Spray
To use, spritz three or four times over your face after you have finished applying your makeup. Don’t hold the spray bottle too close, as you don’t need to make your face wet! Just a slight mist will do. I find that it’s best to tilt my head up and hold the spray bottle about 24” away from my face while spraying it.
Also, vegetable Glycerin is considered to be hypo-allergenic, but if you think you may have any sensitivity to Glycerin, just test a small amount on your inner elbow area and wait a day or so to see.
It keeps your makeup set for hours, plus, the added bonus is that it holds moisture in your skin!
There you go! It’s not complicated. You’ll love this!
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great tip. so simple… definitely going to try this in a couple of days 🙂
How much glycerin do you measure into the medicine cup? Great post!
it says 2 teaspoons 🙂
Yes. 2 teaspoons. (I will correct that in my post. I usually use a capital T for Tablespoon and lower case t for teaspoon. Sorry that was unclear!)
Whipped this up tonight but added some sweet orange essential oil. Can’t wait to try it! Curious though, as to why you make a new batch after a couple weeks…? Does it go bad?
No, I have not ever had it go bad, but probably because I make it in a small bottle (it fits into my makeup drawer!) I use it up within a few weeks.
Be careful with any citrus oils! They attract the UV rays and it can burn you very badly.
Good catch! Yes citrus can cause photosensitivity! Thanks Lindsay!
can you use regular glycerin or does it have to be vegetable glycerin?
I have only used vegetable glycerin for this recipe. Vegetable glycerin is plant based rather than animal based.
How much water do you use??
I use a 2oz. travel size spray bottle and fill it.
Would this work even on oily skin, with the glycerin being in it? Or would it make my skin even more oily?
Yes. It is great for oily skin. Here is a link to some good information http://www.buzzle.com/articles/glycerin-uses-for-skin.html.
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I made this and it works! I used to buy “Model in a Bottle”. They just lost a customer 🙁 I tried this for the 1st time yesterday and it POURED on me! I was soaked but my makeup did not run, smear, or come off. Thanks for posting a recipe to make a small realistic amount.
Can’t wait to try this. What an amazing beauty tip and definitely a money saver!!!!!
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Wow – I’ve never even heard of a makeup setting spray! This sounds like a great idea, though, and I love the fact that it’s made from natural/vegetable sources. I might add a couple drops of rose oil to mine. Thanks!
Are the oils neccessary for the recipe? I don’t know where to find them!
No, they just add fragrance and give the skin a little somethin’ somethin’. If you would like to purchase oils, click on the image of the oils in the post and it will take you to buy it on amazon.
Do I spray before or after I have applied my setting powder??
Setting sprays are typically after. Great question!
What a great and simple tip! Just one question tho, would u recommend it for acne prone skin? Thanks! 🙂
I add a teaspoon of witch hazel for freshness…it’s also a toner so it adds to the effect!
I use glycerin all the time. Won’t it make ur makeup dewy?
Where does one by Glycerin?
Where to buy Glycerin ?
Amazon.com~! There is a link in the post. Maybe try a local pharmacy store?
I am going to make this tonight, hopefully. I am going to a Theme Park tomorrow, and since I have some acne I am planning on wearing quite a bit of face makeup. I really hope this works, because at the moment I do not have a long lasting foundation! >_<
Can you use regular glycerin?
Can you use some rosewater along with the purified water? I love the scent of rosewater and it is very good for skin so was wondering if it would “counter-act” the effects of the glycerin if I added it? Thanks!