I’ll admit right away. The title “setting spray” is a misnomer. So if you’re looking for a face spray that will make your makeup last longer, you won’t find the do-it-yourself recipe for it here.
And that’s because setting sprays don’t actually do anything to make your makeup last longer (at least not without damaging your skin). It’s the classic gimmick. In fact, setting sprays can make your makeup look streaky if you over-apply them; the products contain mostly water and no other ingredients that would make makeup longer-wearing.
What’s worse, many of these sprays have SD-Alcohol as a major ingredient. Alcohol should absolutely be avoided when it comes to skincare and cosmetics. It is terrible for the skin and you shouldn’t be spraying it over your face where it could get into your eyes. It’s the equivalent of taking your hairspray and spraying it on your face!
What face mists can be useful for is making your face look less powdery. If you apply a lot of powder products on your skin, the tiny hairs on your face can pick up the makeup, making your face look powdery. Misting water over the powder helps make the hairs lie flat and reduces the powdery appearance.
So…still want a DIY recipe for a face spray? Here it is:
Water + Spray Bottle. That’s it!
Make sure to get a bottle with a nozzle that releases a very fine mist. I use the one pictured, above, from mark. The original product wasn’t anything special, but the bottle itself releases a very fine mist.
If you have dry skin and want your face mist to hydrate, you can add some glycerin to the water. Glycerin is a humectant that is extremely effective at hydrating the skin. Fill the bottle with 9/10th water and 1/10th glycerin and shake gently to mix.
Save the $30.00 you’d otherwise spend while getting 100% of the results for 10% of the price.
Be bright, be beautiful!