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DIY Makeup Setting Spray with Lavender Oil

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While I don’t wear makeup unless on national television, my wife Chelsea keeps me well informed about what’s great and what’s not. One of the complaints she seems to have is when her makeup tends to smear or wear off too quickly, especially due to the humid weather.

With our busy lifestyles, it’s hard to find time for constant touch-ups, but there are things that can be done to literally set your makeup for a long-lasting effect without the use of harsh chemicals. Here is a great DIY makeup setting spray that just may do the trick while providing hydration for the skin. It can become a vital part of your natural skin care routine.

Now let’s gets started! Put the aloe vera gel into a small bowl (use a jar if you do not have a funnel, since it’s easier to pour from). Aloe vera gel has so many amazing uses and has long been known to remedy many skin conditions, and is probably most famous for the sunburn relief it provides. Aloe vera can provide skin conditioning benefits, reducing inflammation and keeping those pimples at bay due to the acne-fighting antioxidants it contains.

Next, add the witch hazel and stir. Witch hazel is a natural astringent. What this means is that it helps remove toxins, ultimately killing bacteria that may be hiding within the skin. It may even prevent skin cancer and provide anti-aging benefits while minimizing pimples for acne-prone skin.

For our next ingredient, let’s add the lavender essential oil. I cannot stop raving about the amazing benefits of lavender essential oil that go way beyond a relaxing spa experience. Lavender oil is commonly known for reducing anxiety, emotional stress and improving sleep, but it’s also a perfect ingredient for my DIY makeup setting spray because it help restore the complexion and the skin while helping prevent acne. That’s not all. It, too, contains powerful antioxidants that may help slow the aging process as well as improve eczema and psoriasis symptoms.  

Next up is the purified water. Add that to the mixture and blend well. Since we are not adding preservatives in an effort to have as few chemicals as possible in our bodies, it’s important to use purified water so that there is no bacteria buildup.

You can even store it in the fridge to help reduce buildup and provide a refreshing mist when ready to use. Using your funnel, gently pour the mixture into your spray bottle.

To apply your DIY makeup setting spray, shake well, then simply mist the face with one or two pumps just after applying your makeup. Allow it air dry. This makeup setting spray will give you a day of flawless skin and may give you amazing anti-aging benefits along the way! Not wearing makeup? You can still use the spray as a refreshing tonic for the skin or as a midday refresher.

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DIY Makeup Setting Spray with Lavender Oil

Total Time: 5 minutes
Serves: 10–20 applications


  • 1 tablespoon aloe vera gel
  • 1 tablespoon witch hazel
  • 5 drops of lavender essential oil
  • 2½ tablespoons purified water
  • glass spray bottle
  • small funnel  


  1. Place the aloe vera gel into a small dish or jar.
  2. Add the witch hazel and blend.
  3. Next, add the lavender.
  4. Then, add the water and mix well.
  5. Once blended, carefully pour it into your glass spray bottle using your funnel if needed.
  6. Shake well.
  7. After you have applied your makeup, hold the bottle a few inches away from the face and mist the face with one or two pumps of your Lavender DIY Make-up Setting Spray.
  8. Allow it to air dry.

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  1. Jeanette on

    1 tablespoon aloe vera gel.
    1 tablespoon witch hazel.
    5 drops of lavender essential oil.
    2½ tablespoons purified water.
    glass spray bottle.
    small funnel

  2. Courtney on

    Can you substitute the lavender for frankincense? I’ve made this setting spray a couple times and I love it, but I don’t care for smell of lavender.

  3. Milita DeMorrow on

    I’m going to try this recipe. But why not just put everything in the spray bottle and gently shake to combine? Life is hectic, let’s not add steps if we don’t have to, right? Thanks for sharing this.


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