One of my favorite things about wearing makeup is using a refreshing makeup setting spray. Not only does it keep your face feeling fresh and clean, it also helps seal your makeup in place so it doesn’t slide off after a few hours. We all know that awful feeling!
Most conventional makeup sprays on the market are not only expensive for what you get, but also incredibly expensive. When I used to wear department store makeup, a bottle of setting spray would go for $40! After researching some of the main ingredients in most sprays, it was clear that I could easily make my own at home.
Natural Makeup Setting Spray Ingredients
Making a setting spray at home is incredibly easy (and cheap too!). You really only need a few quality natural ingredients to make endless batches of spray for pennies on the dollar. The ingredients we will be using for our recipe are also really beneficial for your skin and can be tailored to suit your specific skin type.
The base ingredients are pretty straight forward and you can choose to make your setting spray with nothing more than the base ingredients and purified water.
Aloe Vera Gel – Aloe vera has a ton of beneficial uses for your health, but it’s also really great for your skin in general. Aloe will not only help soothe your skin, but it will act as a moisture barrier to help keep your skin fresh and hydrated without any oiliness. It’s the perfect ingredient for all skin types.
Witch Hazel – Witch hazel is a natural astringent and is most commonly used to remove oil and cleanse the skin. It also happens to be one of the main ingredients found in most high-end makeup setting spray brands. Witch hazel has a very calming effect on the skin and helps protect it from irritation.
Essential oils are definitely an optional ingredient in this recipe, and you should always patch test them to rule out any allergic reactions beforehand. If you do choose to add them to your setting spray, there are a few key oils that have added benefits depending on your skin type.
- Geranium Essential Oil – Geranium helps regulate oil production and reduce acne breakouts. It’s also great at improving skin elasticity, tightening skin, and reducing the appearance of wrinkles.
- Ylang Ylang Essential Oil – Ylang Ylang has a rich, floral fragrance and helps control oil production which minimizes acne breakouts. It also helps smooth out fine lines, regenerate skin cells, and improve skin elasticity.
- Rose Essential Oil – Rose essential oil is great for dry skin. Rose oil contains several therapeutic compounds known to increase healing due to its antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory components. It also helps tone skin texture and helps manage psoriasis and dermatitis.
- Myrrh Essential Oil – Another great oil for dry skin is Myrrh. With its anti-inflammatory properties, Myrrh helps improve skin tone, firmness, and skin elasticity. It also helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, as well as heal sun damage, rashes, and eczema.
Acne Prone & Sensitive Skin
- Patchouli Essential Oil – Patchouli is great for acne prone skin. It has antiseptic, antifungal, and antibacterial properties, that help regenerate new skin cells and smooth out skin texture from acne scarring.
- Tea Tree Essential Oil – Tea Tree Oil is one of the most well-known essential oils for acne-prone skin. Its antibacterial properties help destroy acne-causing bacteria and assist in wound healing. Tea Tree also helps to regulate oil production, which can decrease the incidence of breakouts.
- Lavender Essential Oil – For normal/combination skin, lavender oil is perfect for refreshing and soothing skin. Not only does is smell amazing, but it’s a great de-stressing oil for your skin. It also helps smooth out old scar tissue and aging skin by rejuvenating skin cells.
- Carrot Seed Essential Oil – Carrot seed is probably an oil you haven’t heard of before but if you have, then you know it helps smooth skin by assisting with cell regeneration. Carrot seed oil is rich in antioxidants and can help fade scars, improve the tone of aging skin, and neutralize inflammation and wrinkle causing free radicals.
Natural Makeup Setting Spray Recipe
With just a few simple ingredients, you can make several bottles of makeup setting spray that will last you months. Keep a large spray bottle at home for a quick spritz before leaving the house, and a travel size bottle in your bag for a makeup refresher during the day.
What You’ll Need
- 1/4 cup Aloe Vera Gel
- 1/4 cup Witch Hazel
- 1/4 cup Rose Water
- 15-20 drops of Essential Oils
- 1/2 cup purified or distilled water
- Glass spray bottle
- Small funnel
What To Do
- Mix aloe vera and witch hazel together in a small dish or jar. (no metal dishes)
- Add rose water and essential oils of your choice.
- Stir in purified or distilled water until you get a watery consistency.
- Use a small funnel to pour your mixture into a glass spray bottle.
- Shake well.
- Hold 8-10 inches away from your face and mist lightly over makeup.
- Allow to air dry.
Store your mixture in the fridge for those hot summer days when you need an extra boost of cooling mist for your skin. You can also use the setting spray underneath your makeup as a protective, soothing layer barrier.
Have you ever made your own makeup misting spray? How did it turn out?