DIY Makeup Setting Spray

DIY Makeup Setting Spray- click through for the full tutorial! Here we are with another beauty post! Can you tell we love makeup and skincare? And though we enjoy doing our makeup every day, it can be rough on our skin. So when we can, we opt for natural products that will nourish and moisturize our skin as opposed to some harsh ingredients that dry it out.

Makeup setting spray is necessary when you want your makeup to blend together flawlessly and last all day long. It tends to be costly, and since we use setting spray every day, we go through bottle after bottle. To save some money and our skin, we decided to make our own! Since we’re into DIY skincare, we had all of the ingredients at home, which is a huge money saver!

DIY Makeup Setting Spray- click through for the full tutorial! Supplies:
6 ounce spray bottle
vegetable glycerin
witch hazel
essential oil
vinyl stickers (optional)

DIY Makeup Setting Spray- click through for the full tutorial! Step One: First, add two tablespoons of glycerin to your spray bottle using a funnel.

DIY Makeup Setting Spray- click through for the full tutorial! Step Two: Next you’re going to add 8 tablespoons of rose water to your bottle.

DIY Makeup Setting Spray- click through for the full tutorial! Step Three: Add two tablespoons of witch hazel to your mixture.

Step Four: Next up, add 4 tablespoons of water to your bottle.

DIY Makeup Setting Spray- click through for the full tutorial! Step Five: Last but not least, add 4 drops of essential oil to your bottle. We used citrus oil so the spray wakes up your face, but you can use lavender or any other oil you’d like!

DIY Makeup Setting Spray- click through for the full tutorial! Step Six: Now shake it up! Mix it all together so everything is cohesive.

DIY Makeup Setting Spray- click through for the full tutorial! Step Seven: This step is optional, but we added some vinyl letters to our spray to jazz it up a bit!

DIY Makeup Setting Spray- click through for the full tutorial! DIY Makeup Setting Spray- click through for the full tutorial! This setting spray smells amazing, and it will make your face feel refreshed and hydrated! Which is all we really want in the morning, right? Try making your own and you’ll never go back to store-bought makeup setting spray! Britta & Carli Garsow

Credits // Author and Photography: Britta & Carli Garsow. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions.
  • I’m allergic to witch hazel. Do you think it would make a difference if I left it out? What does it do for you in the mix?

  • Lovin this idea! the DIY itch has bitten me sure. Gonna try this out soon! ?

  • Wow I love this idea. Considering glycerine is an ingredient it would make your makeup last all day through anything ?

  • I just mixed some of the ingredients leaving out the rose water. I am hignly sensitive to everything. I will report back later on how it goes. I have severe hot flashes and am so excited about it. By the way I used a glass bottle. I would never use plastic. I got it at the health food store. It was inexpensive.

  • Lavender or Carrot seed oil would be good for your face! Cute glass bottles on amazon – don’t put essential oils in plastic! It breaks down the plastic and will leach the chemicals you are trying to avoid

  • Would love if someone replied to the questions in the comments… I’ll give it a shot thou, what is the water’s role, is it even necessary, and what is the shelf life? Thank you! I just heard about setting sprays, I haven’t worn makeup in ~6 years! I am now a young widow and live/work in a hot environment. Setting sprays is my only non crunchy thing.

  • This seems easy enough to do! I will definitely try it out <3

  • Cool idea, I didn’t know you could make them yourself!

  • Thanks for the recipe! Just a thought… Citrus essential oils are photosensitive for 12 hours after use, so using them on your face as a makeup setting spray might not be the best idea 😉 I’m a Young Living rep, and know a few p’s and q’s about Essential Oils.


  • I never considered making a setting spray. Such a great idea! I’m going to have to try it out.

  • Everything with rose water in it sounds appealing to me 🙂

  • This would make a wonderful, creative gift for a beauty-obsessed friend!

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  • This would be amazing for the sweaty summer days coming up! Witch hazel is amazing.

  • This is awesome! I can’t wait to try it– the kind I get now I love, but the bottles are so expensive and so tiny!

  • Hi! I have been reading for years and wanted to let the ABM team know that this new layout is really poor, it deters me from looking at old posts, or anything beyond the front page since when you click “older posts” it gives you the entirety of each older post so you have to scroll through pages of text and photos to get to the next post down. Thanks for hearing me 🙂

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  • Thank you for this wonderful post. I have always taken care of my skin but as I age (I’m 40) I have been changing a lot of my make up brands and skin care to adapt to my new, more mature, skin. I am from Mexico so the brown skin helps a little with wrinkles but not much with hormone changes. I have been using lots of natural products lately and specially the ones I can make myself, so your posts are wonderful, thank you. But for this one, I have one question: How long will this spray last in the bottle without having to worry if its gone bad and if it will hurt my skin?
    Thank you! I am a daily reader of ABM! I love your work!

    • Without a preservative, it won’t last long. Any DIY cosmetics that include water need a preservative to keep from going bad. My guess is that this would last a couple weeks, if stored in the fridge.

      Also, FYI, most of the time citrus oils are a big NO NO if you are going out in the sun. They are phototoxic and cause an intense sunburn. It is best to research your particular citrus EO to see whether or not it is going to react in the sun.

  • I’m only just getting into setting sprays (I know I’m very late to the party!) but, this is such a good post that i will have to try out! X

  • You and your readers should be wary – many citrus oils are photosensitive! This could cause some issues if you are spraying on your face, especially as we are moving into more sunny weather seasons! I am sure there are other resources, but just a tidbit from doTerra.

    • Thanks Carly! I too was concerned that there were no mention of that (nor about using EOs in plastic bottles)!

      Please do your research on essential oils everyone!

    • I was worried about this same thing!! I wouldn’t recommend using citrus oils on your face!!

  • Love this! Do y’all know what each ingredient does to help with setting your makeup? Which are most important, which are for moisturizing, etc… Thanks!

  • I’ll definitely have to give this a whirl! I’ve always used setting sprays but I hate paying for them! Love the ingredients in this so it’s totally up my alley.

  • That’s so cool, I never even thought you could make your own! I need to give this a try! x

    Ariadna || RAWR BOWS

  • I use setting spray every day I should definitely try and make my own. Great idea!

    xx, Elise

  • This is one I’ll have to try. I’ve been looking for a good setting spray.

  • Can you tell me where your off the shoulder shirt is from? Love it!

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