Poor Girl, Rich Life DIY Setting Spray

Can we talk about setting spray? As per my ex, “it’s just expensive water” and he wasn’t totally wrong I just told him he was so I would feel better about the money I was spending on such a silly item.

Setting spray is made to hold your makeup in place and keep your face moist. It also helps to refresh your makeup so you can blend it or move it around a little more. Some people even like to use a setting spray (when containing glycerin) as a base for loose eyeshadow pigment. I mainly wanted to create this DIY because I was tired of spending 31$ on the MAC Prep and Prime setting spray. It’s quite the steep price tag.

For this DIY you’ll need the following.


1.Empty Spray Bottle (Glass or Aluminum) – $3.99
2.Cosmetic Grade Glycerin & Rose Water – $5.49 & $4.99
(combined or as separate ingredients)
3.Distilled Water – $1.99
4. Any additional ingredients you’d like to add
5. A steady hand – Priceless
6.Tools for measuring, or just a sharp eye

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I’m going to be using a ratio that I found wasn’t too dry nor too tacky. You can adjust this glycerin/water ratio as you see fit. Start by sterilizing the inside of your spray bottle. then, with a steady hand fill your spray bottle about 60% of the way.




After you’ve filled your bottle with the desired quantity of distilled water close the distilled water container and set aside. Next comes the Rosewater Glycerin combo. I was lucky enough to find this combination of glycerin and rosewater at my local pharmacy, it cost me $3.79. I proceeded to add the additional and final ingredient to the spray bottle.


If your rose water and glycerin are separate add 15 % rose water and the remaining 25% glycerin



The ratio of the glycerin to rose water is about 60: 40, this was the reasoning behind adding less distilled water, there’s already water in the glycerin mixture. This compounded glycerin has a nice fragrance and it saves me from having to buy multiple ingredients.

I finished off by shaking the bottle and testing it out.

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Place the bottle where you’ll use it and you’re all done. There’s many different variations on this recipe ie adding an astringent like witch hazel, or tea tree oil to keep blemishes at bay, but to keep it simple this is what we’re cooking.


It’s always best to start with a simple recipe and then make adjustments to it as you discover what works for you and what doesn’t. If you try any additional variations on this recipe we’d love to hear from you.


Endlessly encouraging creation,




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