DIY Hydrating Makeup Setting Spray

While many of you probably have a bottle of setting spray in your makeup bag, ready for use, some of you may be wondering what on earth it is.

Setting spray is a spray designed to be applied onto the face after makeup application. The idea is for this spray to set your makeup in place, ensuring that it stays on all day, without creasing, smudging, or melting.

DIY Hydrating Makeup Setting Spray

Setting spray is great for any long days on the go, nights out, or during the summer, where the heat can literally make your makeup melt off.

While many of us find that our makeup routine is not complete without a good few sprays of this product, do we really know what they’re made with? Are there health risks associated with conventional setting sprays?

Why Make Your Own?

While makeup setting spray has become a crucial part of the average makeup routine, conventional setting sprays contain chemicals that can be hazardous to your health.

It is an aerosol product, and no aerosol products are good for your health, whether it is setting spray or sunscreen.

Aside from this, they contain chemicals that shouldn’t be inhaled or applied to the skin, such as alcohol and parabens.

These harsh products are often formulated with chemical adhesives, which is what helps keep your makeup in place.

These adhesives, unfortunately, can clog up your pores, leading to acne, and can prevent your skin from breathing. This leads to skin damage over time.

When making your own setting spray, you’ll know exactly what’s been used to make it, and it won’t contain anything harmful to your health or skin.

This article is going to provide you with a few DIY setting sprays that will not only cause zero harm to your skin, they will also be nice and hydrating on that lovely face of yours.

Rosewater And Witch Hazel Setting Spray

Rosewater And Witch Hazel Setting Spray

Rosewater is a fabulous ingredient that helps the skin maintain a dewy, vibrant, and healthy look. It does this at the same time as reducing oiliness.

You can sometimes find rosewater in some makeup removers, we highly recommend this ingredient.

Witch hazel is a hardworking essential oil that will also reduce oiliness in the skin, and is the component in this setting spray that will help hold your makeup in place.

These ingredients are great for all skin types, as they help reduce oiliness, and can help acne, while also hydrating the skin.


  • 1 tablespoon of rosewater.
  • 1 tablespoon of witch hazel essential oil.
  • 1 ½ cups of water in a spray bottle (be sure it has been sterilized beforehand).

Method: Once you’ve accumulated your ingredients and sterilized your bottle, mix everything together and store the bottle in the refrigerator for around 2 to 3 weeks.

Aloe Vera Gel And Lavender Oil Setting Spray

This spray will not only help your makeup stay in perfect place all day, but it will also keep your skin hydrated and healthy!

The aloe vera is what will hold your makeup together, getting rid of any oiliness at the same time. It also provides the skin with moisture and some essential nutrients.

When choosing your aloe vera, it is important to ensure you are using organic aloe vera, that is yellowish.

Lavender oil not only smells wonderful and calming, but it also boots the complexion of your skin and helps prevent acne.


  • 2 tablespoons of organic aloe vera gel.
  • 2 to 3 drops of lavender oil.
  • 1 ½ cups of water.

Method: Combine the ingredients together in a sterilized spray bottle and shake.

Manuka And Witch Hazel Essential Oil Setting Spray

This natural setting spray includes vegetable glycerin. It acts as a somewhat skin barrier, helping to lock in moisture. It has remarkable hydrating properties when used on the skin.

Like the first DIY setting spray in this article, this one also uses witch hazel and recognizes how it can minimize the appearance of pores, leaving your skin refreshed and clean without drying it out.

This recipe also includes manuka essential oil. It is good at fighting acne, due to its anti-inflammatory properties.


½ tablespoon of witch hazel.
½ tablespoon of vegetable glycerin.
5 drops of manuka essential oil.
1 tablespoon of distilled water.

Method: Combine the ingredients and stir them together. Using a funnel, pour the mixture into a spray bottle and shake to combine further.

There are a few substitutes you can include in this recipe. If your skin is more on the dry side, then you can replace the vegetable glycerin with aloe vera.

Aloe vera contains many vitamins and minerals the skin needs in order to hydrate.

If you’d like even more hydration than this spray provides, then you can replace the distilled water with rose water, as rose water is known for its hydration properties and leaving more of a dewy look on the skin.

How To Use These Setting Sprays

These setting sprays, like conventional ones, should always be sprayed after your makeup application is complete.

Be sure to close your eyes and don’t hold the spray bottle too close to your face, around 6 to 8 inches away should be fine.

Make sure to turn your head in different directions to make sure the spray has hit all the intended areas. There’s no need to rub it in, just let it dry, and it’ll do the rest of the work for you throughout the day!

Final Thoughts

Although it is much easier to grab a conventional setting spray on your next supermarket run, many of these contain chemicals that are harmful, not only to your skin and health but also to the environment.

Making your own setting spray, with ingredients that are not only non-damaging to your skin, but are beneficial to your skin, providing you with nutrients and minerals, will really benefit you now, and in the long run.

They require minimal ingredients that you are likely to already have in your bathroom cabinet, and they are guaranteed to smell wonderful given the essential oils they use.

Hannah Shiftle
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