If your makeup 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 makeup. Women actually used to use a spritz of hairspray to set their makeup, 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.

Things You'll Need


Making Setting Spray

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 glycerin. 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 glycerin 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 makeup. 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.


Tips

  • Another way to get your makeup to last longer is to apply foundation or primer first.

References and Resources

Tutorial: Homemade Mixing Medium