DIY: All Natural Primer Water & Makeup Setting Spray


Looking for an easy DIY all natural makeup setting spray? I have the perfect solution! There are all kinds of recipes online to make your own primer water and setting spray. So I took what I liked from various recipes and came up with this one. And it can be tweaked too depending on your skin type!

So first, why use a primer or setting spray? Using a primer before you apply your makeup helps to create a flawless and smooth canvas to apply your makeup to. A primer helps fill in any fine lines and just makes your makeup go on smoother. A setting spray is used once you’ve applied all of your makeup. A setting spray helps to seal in your makeup, making sure it doesn’t go anywhere. And when you use a spray that has all sorts of amazing ingredients, it’s even treating your skin too! You can also use this spray to wet your brush to use with your eye shadow pigments to really make them pop!

The spray I made has four ingredients. Glycerin, witch hazel extract, Immortelle essential oil and purified water. I’ll explain why I chose each of these ingredients and their benefits, I’ll also give you the recipe that I used and how you can tweak it for your skin type.



-Helps lock in moisture on the skin
-Is an emollient which makes the skin soft and smooth
-Can help fade hyper-pigmentation and dark spots
-Helps make skin look glowing and youthful

If your skin is more dry, add a little more glycerin than witch hazel to your recipe.

Witch Hazel Extract:
I got my witch hazel extract (and cobalt bottle) from Apothecary Shoppe

I should note here that witch hazel extract is different than regular witch hazel. The extract is more concentrated and stronger than the regular witch hazel usually found in stores. If you’re using regular witch hazel for your recipe, add an extra tablespoon or two.

-Helps fade redness and skin irritation
-Helps control oil and excess sweating
-Can help prevent acne
-Helps to tighten skin and reduce puffiness

If your skin is more oily, add a little more witch hazel than glycerin.

Immortelle (or other essential oil):

Adding essential oils to your spray isn’t required. However, it does add yummy smells and added skin benefits (as well as emotional benefits too)!

-Is antibacterial
-Reduces redness and puffiness
-Fades scaring
-Promotes cell growth
-Is an antioxidant
-Anti-aging properties
-Is calming and can help relieve stress

Purified water:

This helps to mix all the ingredients together, adds moisture and acts as your base.


To Mix:

This is what I did to create my spray. I have combination skin, so I used equal amounts of witch hazel extract and glycerin. Tweak the ingredients and measurements to your needs.

-3 tablespoons of glycerin
-3 tablespoons of witch hazel extract (use 5 tablespoons if using regular witch hazel)
-3-5 drops of essential oil
-fill rest of bottle with purified water

I used a 4 ounce cobalt glass spray bottle for my spray. If you’re using essential oils, I suggest using glass bottles as some essential oils can eat away at plastic. Plus, glass is more sanitary than plastic anyway.

Mix the glycerin and witch hazel together until combined. Then add essential oil and fill up the rest of your bottle with purified water. And voila! You now have a natural and good for your skin primer water/setting spray!


I personally like to spray my face with the primer water, then apply my makeup, then seal it in with the spray. You could also use the primer water, then regular primer, makeup and setting spray. My skin and makeup has never looked more flawless!


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