DIY Makeup Primer & Finishing Spray

DIY Makeup Primer

I have to say, I love this DIY makeup primer and setting spray!  Earlier in the week, I posted a recipe for mineral make up.  I have used mineral make up for many years now and loved it.  This year my skin has taken a huge turn.  I have always had slightly oily skin but this winter I have become crazy dry.  Like peeling skin, rough dry patches and make up looking pasty and uneven.  In a nut shell, my skin looks really parched.   Honestly, I have no clue what’s going on-hormones are my guess but none the less, it’s no good.  I have come up with a DIY makeup primer and finishing spray that will set your make up, make it last longer and give a boost of moisture for a hydrated, dewy look.  Read on for this super effective, yet simple recipe!

There are many make up setters out there.   One in particular is Mac’s Fix +.  Reviews are amazing for this product.  People rave about it!  So, you know me, I had to check out those ingredients!!  Turns out, there’s not much to it.  So, if you need a product to set your make up, and a solution to combat the dry parched look, this DIY is just for you!

DIY Primer and Finishing Spray


DIY Makeup Primer & Finishing Spray

2 TBSP. Glycerin (find it HERE)

3 TBSP. Rose Hydrosol (find it HERE) or Distilled Water

3 TBSP. Rose Petal Witch Hazel (find it HERE) (or HERE)

8 drops Lavender essential oil (find it HERE)

You must find the right spray bottle or automizer for this product.  Too thick of a spray and it could leave you looking splotchy.  I was excited to buy an olive oil automizer, thinking it would be a micro fine mist-it wasn’t-at all, so the hubs was happy to use it for cooking!   I usually get my bottles from amazon, but the spray bottles I use are actually from Specialty Bottle.   THESE are the spray bottles I am super satisfied with.  You get the finest mist that works perfect for this project.

DIY Primer and Finishing Spray

To Use:

  • Use this finishing spray before and after applying make up.  It works excellent with mineral make up but also works fine with a cream foundation.
  • You can use this spray to “spot clean” your make up brushes AND it makes a killer toner!  Use this spray anytime through out the day to refresh your make up and give your skin a “drink”.
  • Spray 1-3 sprays, 8 inches from your skin.  I left my pics un-edited so you could see how fresh this makes your skin look when sprayed on top of make up.

So simple, yet so effective!  ENJOY!

xx, Jenni



DIY Mac Fix plus

Jennifer Phillips
Jennifer Phillips

Jennifer Phillips worked as a licensed aesthetician for over 8 years before creating the natural skin care blog, Jenni Raincloud.

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  1. Christine
    April 17, 2014 / 10:15 am

    Jenni, what moisturizer did you use under your mineral makeup? Did you skip the moisturizer and just use the setting spray?

    • April 17, 2014 / 10:35 am

      Christine-I used my Dry Skin Moisturizer
      I am so dry lately that I need a moisturizer, but this spray has softened my skin so much. I think in the summer, depending on skin type, you might be able to skip moisturizing before. Thanks!

  2. Carol Aud
    April 17, 2014 / 10:30 am

    Jenni, Jenni, Jenni, You Rock! Thanks for sharing your wonderful recipes and e.o. natural product inspirations with us!
    Happy Easter,

  3. April 21, 2014 / 3:11 pm


    Will this setting spray go good over regular store bought make-up for those friends of mine who don’t use mineral makeup?

    • April 21, 2014 / 8:47 pm

      Martha, I have not tried it, but the ingredients are very common in DIY primers and finishing sprays so my guess is that it will be great for any make up!

  4. Kate
    May 3, 2014 / 8:00 am

    One other added benefit of this spray – it helps reduce the appearance of pores. I have a huge problem w my pores becoming more noticeable when I put on foundation. Using this primer before applying make up helps with that! It’s like a little barrier between pores and make up! Thanks again Jenni! You’re amazing!

  5. Jeanette
    September 23, 2014 / 8:48 am

    Hello Jenni,

    Can I substitute a normal witch hazel instead of the rose petal witch hazel? I live in Switzerland and I can’t buy this rose petal witch hazel and if I could it would probably cost me so much. But the last time I was in the Stated, I bought the normal witch hazel that’s why I have it in stock. I have been using the glycerine and distilled water version of this and I want to try this with witch hazel…

    Thank you for your time and effort and thanks for your post! It surely helps a lot of women out there!

      • Jeanette
        September 24, 2014 / 7:27 am

        Thanks a lot Jenni!!

  6. Melissa
    November 30, 2014 / 12:46 pm

    Could you tell me the importance of the lavender EO?

    • December 1, 2014 / 1:46 pm

      Melissa, it’s just a nice add-on-it helps kill bacteria and also decrease redness and inflammation but if you don’t add it, your spray will still work.

  7. Tori
    January 22, 2015 / 5:45 pm

    I used this recipe last night and tried it out this morning (except I used bottled water and regular witch hazel cause it’s what I had). I wear a powder foundation and finished it off with a few sprays of this setting spray. Now let me tell you… I’m a chef and spend 8 hours a day in a very hot kitchen. When I want to test out new cosmetic products, I wear them to work. After 8 hours at work and a few more hours running errands and cooking dinner at home, my makeup looks almost as fresh as it did when I applied it well over 12 hours ago and my face looks dewy, bright, and moisturized. I am super impressed with this recipe.

  8. Elizabeth
    February 15, 2015 / 10:11 pm

    I know this is an old post…I came across it in your newer post about your top DIYs. I made a similar finishing spray and it definitely gives a nice look to my skin over mineral makeup. What about adding cypress oil for the toning effect?

  9. Maggie
    July 28, 2015 / 8:10 pm

    approx how long would the shelf life be if i’m using distilled water and no lavender oil (don’t have a glass spray bottle yet)? i’ll be keeping it in the washroom. thanks!

    • August 23, 2015 / 7:09 am

      Maggie-I would say it would last about 2-3 weeks (that’s really being safe-it possibly would be longer since it won’t be exposed to air or your hands). Lavender does help preserve it a bit longer.

  10. November 25, 2015 / 1:36 pm

    Holy cow! This recipe is fantastic! I have been using your BB cream recipe as my daily makeup for about six months, and while I love it, this spray takes it to the next level. I cannot believe how freshly applied my makeup looks several hours later when using this spray on top of the BB cream. Love it! Thank you.

  11. Michelle
    February 14, 2016 / 1:41 pm


    If I’m already using your Geranium Facial Spritzer (love!!!), would I also use this or is it an either/or type of thing? I do use mineral makeup.


    • February 14, 2016 / 3:50 pm

      Michelle-Thanks! This primer is a bit different due to glycerin. You could try out your spritzer and see what you think but I would suggest using both.

      • Michelle
        February 14, 2016 / 4:35 pm

        Ok. So, would I use my Geranium spritzer after washing my face before moisturizer like normal, then apply this primer/setting spray?

        • February 21, 2016 / 2:02 pm

          Yes and you could spritz your skin with the primer after you’ve put your makeup on. After makeup is how I use it.

  12. Jamie
    April 13, 2016 / 1:25 pm

    How long will the primer be good for? I have read from a few sites stating not to use DIY primer sprays for over 48 hours due to bacteria growth. Any problems with yours?

    • Jenni
      April 19, 2016 / 10:04 am

      Jamie-Anything with plain water in it will grow bacteria. I have chosen ingredients that already have their own preservatives in them. Plus the lavender is antibacterial and helps. You’re good with this for a couple of months! Thanks!!

  13. April 29, 2016 / 5:19 pm

    Forgot about this for awhile….came across my glycerine and made it again. Absolutely love this stuff! So easy, inexpensive, and effective!

  14. July 7, 2016 / 2:03 am

    Hello! I know this is an old post but I would really like to try your recipie although I can’t figure out the base for your finishing mist, I’m guessing the biggest volyme is water? How much? Hoping you see this and can help me and OMG thank you sooo much for an awesome blog!!!! Keep it up, your’e great!

    • Jenni
      July 13, 2016 / 7:59 am

      Laila-Thank you, you are kind!!! This recipe is to be made exactly how I state in the post-no extra water added except for the 3 tbsp. of hydrosol (or distilled water). It’s better to use the hydrosol for shelf life purposes. I hope this makes sense!

      • Laila
        July 15, 2016 / 3:36 am

        Awesome!!! Thank you so much ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

  15. Annie L.
    August 9, 2016 / 5:11 pm

    Hi Jenni,

    Can I substitute Rose Hydrosol for Rose Water? Thanks for your time!


    • Jenni
      August 10, 2016 / 1:10 pm

      Hi Annie-Water and Hydrosol are the same so YES go right ahead!

      • Annie L.
        August 13, 2016 / 2:43 pm

        Thanks Jenni!๐Ÿ˜˜

  16. Lyza
    September 18, 2017 / 9:12 pm

    Hi! Thank you for this tutorial. Do you have an idea for how long exactly is the shelf life of this DIY? Planning to make it as a business. Would appreciate your response. Thanks!

    • Jenni
      September 19, 2017 / 6:10 pm

      Lyza-You are welcome-I would say the shelf life if around a month, 2 if you refrigerate. You can preserve it with leucidal liquid from Lotion Crafter.

  17. Nurma
    April 9, 2020 / 12:27 pm

    Hi jenni
    I can’t find Rose Petal Witch Hazelย in my country. Can I replace it ?

    • Jenni
      April 9, 2020 / 12:35 pm

      Nurma-Any type of witch hazel will work-it doesn’t have to be rose petal scented!

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