Thursday, July 14, 2011

Homemade Make-up Setter/ Mixing Medium.

   I have heard of setting sprays made by high end make up lines, I myself have never invested in one. I knew that if I tried it, I would like and have to buy it over and over again as it is something that I have heard nothing but good things about.

Retails for $19.00

Retails for $29.00
   You can use setting sprays to moisturize your skin, set your make up, and add some shine to your hair. If you look cakey with too much face powder you can use this product to make it melt into your skin. It is great in the summer months because it prevents your make up from moving or if you are one of those girls who wears makeup to the gym. If your foundation dries before you buff into your skin all the way, you can spray it on your brush and then finish applying the make up. Pretty much everything and anything.
   Now lots of companies also make a mixing medium, sold with your pigment eye shadows so that the loose powder doesn't fall on your face. Mixing medium is also very versatile in its uses. The funny part is that its the very same thing as finishing spray just in different packaging... damn!
   Now the really funny part (the not so funny but more the part that is going to piss you off) about all of this is that finishing spray and mixing medium are both nothing more than glycerin and water. That's right sugar water! $&*%*$*@$!!! Sorry...

   Recipe

  • 1 part pure glycerin (You can find it in the facial care, pharmacy, cooking, or even craft stores) 
  • 3 parts Filtered water (not sure where to find that...) 
  • Something to put it in (spray bottle is the best idea I can come up with)
   All you do is mix 1/4 glycerin to 3/4 water inside a spray bottle and use. That would be if you have combination skin. If you have oily skin try 1/5 glycerin to 4/5 water and if you have dry skin try using 1/3 part glycerin to 2/3 parts water.
    If you have redness in your skin you can add 1 part rose water, that will also give it a nice rose smell. I like to put one part witch hazel in mine personally because it makes it feel less sticky. If the stickiness is still a problem for you, try just a little rubbing alcohol.   
   Glycerin is also used in cooking, many beauty products and medicines. Its a lubricant, moisturizer, and heals burns, its also good for colds. 
I hope you enjoyed this, I know that I did, I am so happy to know that I could make a gallon of this stuff for under $5 bucks! SWEET!

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63 comments:

  1. Awesome!!! Stumbled across your photo on Pinterest & decided to check out your blog. I like your idea & will try it out. Now, I'm your new follower. Feel free to check out my blog & follow via GFC.

    Thanks for sharing & looking forward to your next post.

    xoxo
    Rena
    revampspunkyrena.blogspot.com

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  2. Am going to try this recipe! My makeup is always on the move. Dry skin, oily eyes, go figure! Love the rose water idea!

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  3. OMG I will have to try this out! This is fantastic! Keep them coming please!

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  4. I'm so trying this out once i run out of my Fix+.

    http://thequirkyfox.blogspot.co.uk/

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  5. This is right on time, my Fix+ is down to its last few drops! I, too found you from Pinterest! Thanks so much for this recipe. :)

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  6. Thank you! I am addicted to the Urban Decay product pictured above (yes it works) and you just saved me a lot of $$$!

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  7. Thanks. I was not aware of it. :-)

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  8. The only glycerin I can find is vegetable glycerin is that going to work ????

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    1. Yes ma'am. That is exactly what you need. Its all the same thing.

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    2. I know it sounds crazy, but the Fleet suppositories are also made from glycerin. That is the only active ingredient in them....You have to melt them for only about 7 or 8 seconds in the microwave. I also found that adding a fragrance to this is great. I bought a body mist, and put only about a spoonful into the recipe, and it feels and smells awesome.

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    3. Body mist isn't good for most peoples faces (especially if you have acne) as a substitute if you have sensitive skin you can use peppermint oil 2 drops is enough, or the same amount of cinnamon oil; which is extremely beneficial for acne prone skin because it naturally kills the bacteria that causes acne.

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  9. YOU are freakin' awesome. Thank you so much for the recipes and breaking it down according to skin type. Just discovered your blog through pinterest and I'm thrilled to be a new follower!

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  10. Thanks for the knowledge... I've been trying the different brands of setting spray, I will definitely try this next.

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  11. Just tried this today, but the glycerin made my face feel sticky. Any ideas to resolve this?

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    1. Add some witch hazel to help with the stickiness also some rubbing alcohol helps

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    2. I made mine with a little witch hazel and a tiny amount of rubbing alcohol to make it less sticky. I absolutely love it in the summer time. I once mowed my lawn in full make up with my make up setter over top and although I sweat like a whore in church, my make up stayed in place.

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    3. Can't wait to try this! My bf said whores don't sweat in church, their clients do. ROFLMBO

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    4. Would love to try it, but worried about when you're outside, that the suger will attract bees, etc.?

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    5. @Marla Turner.... Love your BF's remark. LMAO!

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    7. Glycerin is not a sugar. It is actually a by-product of soap making. It attracts moisture. It is what Neutrogena soap is made of, primarily. People who make soap use it a lot as it makes a very mild soap that is extra gentle on skin. p.s. I deleted and reposted so I could fix a spelling mistake.

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  12. This is a great post! I am going to make it and see how it goes. Check out my blog at http://justinawho.blogspot.com/

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  13. That is so simple. I have oily skin so I think I will try it out! thanks

    kristiann
    lovejoypeacecreate.com

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  14. baby oil is just glycerine with fragrance. lol

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    1. Baby oil is great for removing makeup because its mineral oil and fragrance however, many people find that mineral oil clogs their pores. I would suggest using an organic olive oil, it doesn't need to be extra virgin or anything too fancy, to remove all make up and dirt from your face. Also its good for moisturizing without giving you zits.

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    2. I coulda sworn that baby oil was mineral oil??

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    3. yes, baby oil is mineral oil. Glycerin is a humectant found in all natural fats (veggie or animal- including human). It's actually a myth that it clogs pores; it's considered a 0 on the 0-5 comedogenic scale, meaning it has the lowest potential to clog pores. For comparison, Olive oil is around a 2 and coconut oil is a 3-4.

      Also, this is a good base recipe for mixing medium, and with maybe a tweak or two for fixing spray, but setting spray is actually completely different.

      Fixing spray, like MAC Fix+, are what this recipe mimic. They're basically toners, which in turn are very, very diluted hydrators. They're helpful in making some foundation look lighter and less cakey, but don't do anything to help the makeup wear better (in some cases, they will even reduce wear).

      Setting sprays, like the UD ones you show above, have polymers built in, very similar to hairspray, that form a film that helps makeup resist fading and smudging.

      This recipe is closest to mixing medium- it's the sticky texture of the glycerin that provides "grab" for things like loose pigment. I'd say if you're making it as a fixing spray- basically to hydrate skin a bit and reduce a powdery appearance- I'd dilute it a bit more. Witchhazel is an option, but could be irritating and drying to some (and it's stinky!) I'd try using a couple parts green tea.

      What this won't dupe is fixing spray- unfortunately, unless you have the access & know-how to add something like polyvinylpyrrolidone to your spray, it won't be a solution to longer wearing makeup :)

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    4. Wow thanks for the informative post. I didn't know what the differences in these were and I'm glad I read your post because now I know to just keep buying my All Nighter spray. I love that stuff and would be disappointed if I tried to replace it with something that didn't work the same.

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  15. Mineral oil is a fairly vague term, the study to which you refer specifically says that average cosmetic grade mineral oil should not clog but that does not mean everything labeled mineral oil is ok. The ambiguity of this term is why people argue about it rather than understanding that there are different grades of processing.

    In short, if cosmetics say mineral oil you should be fine but if you buy a bottle simply labeled 'mineral oil' you're taking your chances with clogging.

    http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2005/05/050531075410.htm

    disclaimer: I don't know a damn thing about cosmetics but I can search and read. :)

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  16. Hi I don't have filtered water in my house is it the same if I use bottle water? ?

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  17. Great idea, I have been using Focus 21 Sea Plasma spray for years, smells delightful and moisturizes too. It is under $5 a bottle at the drug store. Here is a link to some of my tried and true beauty products that I swear by if you are interested....
    http://goodlifeofdesign.blogspot.com/2013/01/my-tried-and-true-skin-care-products.html

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  18. I heard that it goes bad rather quick, is it true and how do you prevent this?

    Btw, I definitely have to try this. Will save me a bunch of money, specially here in AZ!

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    1. No its not true. Glycerin is actually used to preserve a lot of sweetened foods.

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  19. I'd also be concerned about it growing bacteria, even with the filtered water.

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    1. Glycerin is a preservative in sweetened food, it should be fine. Just clean your container thoroughly.

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  20. I just mix 1/4 favorite face lotion and 3/4 tap water. Works great.

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  21. I'd just store the spray bottle in the fridge :) It'll not only keep forever but the cold spray will also make my face glow ^_^

    I like the glycerin+ green tea+ water idea a lot :)

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  22. I was wondering if I could add both the rose water and the witch hazel in the spray?

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  23. I am still laughing about the "sweating like a whore in church" remark. Plan to try this dupe. Thank you.

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  24. OMG! I have to try this! I live in the desert and in summer can get up to 118! I'm just like the lady that said that she sweats like a whore in church! (to funny!).
    Thank you for the recipe!!

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  25. What??? makeup companies charge so much in setting spray yet its just water and glycerin? hahaha! thank you so much for putting this up. stellajezebelle.blogspot.com

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  27. Glycerin is 20 bucks a gallon at Tractor Supply. Yep, it's the same stuff. Enjoy!

    And no, it won't "go bad."

    (Had to add that last part, but dangit, it wouldn't let me edit!)

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  28. This sounds great!

    A few years ago, "hydrosol" as a setting spray for mineral makeup was a big trend. Since I wear mineral makeup, I looked up hydrosol. Turns out it's the same thing as "flower water," such as rosewater, orange blossom water, or lavender water! Many companies sold fancy hydrosols for unbelievable amounts of money. I, however, used my lovely rosewater from my local Middle Eastern grocery. $3 for 500 ml! (Granted, there are small artisanal producers of extremely high quality hydrosols and essential waters, but I don't think that is at all what they were using!)

    Long story short (too late!) . . . I think this would be fabulous with all or part of the water replaced with a flower water! If you did, though, you should probably refrigerate it. Flower waters can go bad, though not usually quickly, and the glycerine may not be enough to keep that from happening.

    You should be safe, though, to keep a small bottle out, and store the rest in the fridge. I've kept rosewater in the cabinet for a couple of months with no problem.

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  29. Ik this might be a dumb question but is there anything to replace the glycerin? I live I kind of a small town and I haven't been able to find it

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    1. Well glycerin can be found as the main ingredient in a lot of items in your pharmacy. Ky jelly for instants, suppositories and also in a lot of face lotions. Try mixing a bit of your face lotion with water and see if that works for you. If you would still like to try just 100% glycerin, ask your pharmacy to order it for you.

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    2. OK thanks I'll try doing that great post btw

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    3. i ordered mine off AMAZON.com they have a lot of brands and its cheap. plus you can get witch hazel, tea tree oil and anything else on there too. I'm only semi addicted.

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  30. Just mix 1 teaspoon milk powder, 1 teaspoon lemon juice, 1 teaspoon honey, 1 teaspoon turmeric powder and apply on your face wait for the thing to dry then wash with lukewarm water. You will notice a glow on your face.
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  32. I've bought so many finishing sprays, funny thing, I tried mixing my own airbrush makeup & actually have a bottle of glycerin. Sooo, the last bottle of finishing spray that I bought will be recycled when its empty so I can make my own. Thanks for saving me future dollars, the glycerin is ultra cheap too & I was wondering what I'd do with what was left over (since I prefer the professional airbrush makeup instead of my home made attempts) :-)

    Kellie ~ The Shoe Diva
    www.SexyBagsNShoes.com

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  33. http://britters89.blogspot.ca/2013/07/diy-makeup-setting-spray-for-oilycombo.html found this while looking for recipes...you got no credit :(

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    1. Well she is the makeup goddess. She has probably been around longer than me. Im just a hipster

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  34. Avoid witch hazel and alcohol for rosacea. Also avoid peppermint, menthol, camphor or eucalyptus oils and extracts. These things, although good for some skin types, often make redness worse in rosacea sufferers. I don't know if it's possible to add or not, but licorice extract is wonderful for facial redness and inflammation. It really helps mine and it would be awesome to be able to spray it on.

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