Hey y’all! One of the best ways to get your makeup to last longer and go on smoother is by beginning with primer and finishing with setting spray. Here’s my favorite recipe for a two-in-one bottle of spray that’s all natural and made with ingredients you probably already have (or if you don’t, you should have in your bathroom anyway!).

Here’s a video on how to make it! Or, I’ve included pictures and details below. πŸ™‚


  • Pure Witch Hazel — I bought mine at Walmart a few years back but I’ll be ordering Thayers Alcohol-free Rose Petal Witch HazelΒ when what I have runs out.
  • Organic Aloe Vera Gel– Amara Organics Aloe Vera GelΒ is the brand I have and love. This bottle has lasted me over a year and I use it for so many things!
  • Distilled or Spring Water
  • (Optional) Lavender essential oil


  • A fine-mist spray bottle– I’ve used a 12oz stainless steel bottle I bought at Whole Foods, a refillable 3oz spray bottle from the dollar store, and this blue plastic one. I wanted a glass bottle, but accidentally ordered plastic ones. I’m hoping to upgrade to one of these in the future: 1oz Glass Spray Bottles. The 1oz size is perfect for keeping in my makeup bag.
  • Tablespoon
  • Cup with a spout for easy pouring
  • (Optional) Funnel


  • 2 T witch hazel
  • 1 T water
  • 1 T aloe vera gel
  • 2-3 drops lavender

Stir it up, funnel it in, screw the lid on, and you’re done!

Use this spritz as a primer by applying it before you put on your makeup (after moisturizer) and it will help your makeup glide on smoother and stick longer.

And when your makeup is complete, spray it lightly over your face to “set” your look!

I love love love this concoction and have been using it pretty regularly for awhile now!

Do you use a spray like this already? What’s your favorite brand/recipe?

23 thoughts on “DIY All Natural Makeup Primer/Setting Spray”

  1. Hi Olivia, I guess my first comment didn’t go thru, (Hopefully it doesn’t come up twice). I was wondering if you could make a new makeup routine video using the primer/setting spray?

  2. Cool! I just ran out of my Bare Minerals primer, and it’s about $20 bucks a bottle. I’m going to try this.
    So many organic cosmetics contain coconut oils, which irritates my skin; I haven’t made much progress in switching to better brands.

  3. Yay! Very excited to make this, especially since I have all of the ingredients already at home. Where did you buy your little blue 4oz spray bottle?

    Following from rural Jersey!
    Emese (pronounced Eh-meh-she…its Hungarian πŸ˜‰)

  4. I love this! DIY beauty stuff is the bomb – ’cause when you make it yourself you know exactly what is in it. Down with toxic chemicals!
    Been a reader for a while – love your new site, and congrats on your wedding!

  5. Oh, forgot to mention – i am a huge rosewater fan myself – have a glass spray bottle full of the stuff. All natural..smells great…not sure if it works as a setting spray or not, but it’s great for the skin.

  6. I want to try this (whenever I can get my hand on a bunch of small cobalt bottles I need for a couple things). I’ve become used to the fact that certain products are just not available in the the natural beauty market and setting spray is one of them, so I’m really interested to try this.

  7. Thanks so much for this great recipe. I’m super excited to try it. I just had a couple questions. 1. Can you use it over powder foundation? 2. Do you put it on over mascara/ eyeshadow or just after foundation, bronzer, blush, etc? Thanks so much

  8. Can I use Peppermint Essential Oil instead of Lavender, because I can’t stand the smell of Lavender?

  9. Do you think it would be ok to substitute the purchased aloe Vera gel with the jelly of a live aloe Vera plant I have here at home?

  10. Hi, Olivia! I struggle with dark circles under my eyes. It’s not just that I don’t get enough sleep; I do! I use Maybelline Better Skin light/medium concealer, but it takes a ton to hide them! Any suggestions? I’d appreciate your input! πŸ™‚

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