How to make makeup setting spray

If your make-up fades, runs, or smudges after a few hours, but you want it to last all day or all night, you can remedy the problem by spraying a finishing or setting spray directly on your face after you apply your make-up. Women actually used to use a spritz of hairspray to set their make-up, but we now know not to do that mainly because hairspray contains harsh ingredients such as alcohol that can dry out your skin or burn your eyes. You can buy finishing spray, but it's fairly expensive. Fortunately, you can make your own with a few simple, inexpensive ingredients.

Buy a spray bottle that sprays a fine mist or has a fine mist setting. You will also need some filtered water and some aloe vera juice or glycerine. Aloe juice would be a better choice if you have sensitive skin, as it is very soothing.

Add three parts water to one part of the glycerine or aloe vera juice, put the top back on it tightly and shake well to mix the ingredients thoroughly. You will want to shake it well before every use.

Spray the mixture lightly on your face right after you are done applying your make-up. Only make a little bit at a time because after a few days bacteria can begin to grow. Store in the refrigerator to make it last longer. The cool mist will also be refreshing.


Another way to get your make-up to last longer is to apply foundation or primer first.


Do not be tempted to add alcohol to prolong the shelf life.

Things You'll Need

  • Clean spray bottle
  • Filtered water
  • Aloe juice or glycerine
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Angela Neal is a writer for various websites, specializing in published articles ranging from the categories of art and design to beauty and DIY fashion. Neal received her Associate of Arts in administrative assisting from Bohecker College.