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So you have seen a lot of DIY videos that have inspired you to get busy crafting your own make-up but the problem is that with so many videos out there and most of them being made in the US or UK, how do you know which recipe is the best and better yet, where do you even begin sourcing your ingredients locally. Lucky for you, I have been busy trying them all. And one of the more positive results was a DIY makeup setting spray which I am going to talk you through right here.

In the world of setting sprays, nothing reigns queen more like the Mac fix plus. It’s just the right amount of moisture to hydrate your skin but it’s also a product made from a company which despite much denial still practices animal testing on some of their products. This for me was devastating. Knowing I am fully against animal testing I knew I would have to try something else and so began the journey. Trying Kryolan, Avon, LA girl and many others which as well as it worked, also left me with dehydrated skin that looked shabby at the end of a 12 hour work day. Fast forward 2 weeks and a few recipes later and I found the one that is a keeper. Que the drum roll


4 tbs of purified water (bottled water will suffice)

1 tbsp witch hazel with rose water(you will find this at Dischem)

1tbs of glycerine (also available at Dischem)

2 drops of lavender essential oil (available at Dischem)

What you will need

  • A mixing jug (you will need this to pour the liquid into a bottle so try not to use a bowl)
  • A spray bottle which you can get from Dischem


I am not going to make this any longer for you to read, knowing you are probably going to want to get on with making your setting spray so it’s pretty simple. Mix up the above ingredients in the mixing jug until the glycerine is completely dissolved. Then pour into you spray bottle, seal that lid on tight and give it a good shake until you see bubbles form in the bottle. Then give it a try, you know the usual…holding it at arm’s length, spraying twice in key areas over the makeup you have applied.

NB: I would advise adding the glycerine using the spoon you intend on mixing to ensure that you get all of it into the mixture without waiting light years seeing as though it is thick. As you can see in the video, that stuff was a bugger to get out of my bowl. Needless to say, there is no need to be fancy.

And there you have it, homemade DIY setting spray that is going to save your bank balance AND your gorgeous makeup.