DIY Mixing Medium + Makeup Setting Spray

Here is a quick, easy, and inexpensive way to make a mixing medium. Mixing medium is used to enhance the color of eyeshadows, adhere loose pigments and glitter, and prolong the wear of your shadow. If you bought a cheap eyeshadow and it doesn’t show up when you put it on, a mixing medium could be used with the eyeshadow to make the color more vibrant. This DIY mixing medium can be used instead of more expensive primers. Note: When applying, the shadow + mixing medium will be difficult to blend once dry, so work quickly!

You will need:

  • ·      A travel size pump or flip-top bottle.
  • ·      Pure glycerin (in most drugstores on the lotion/skincare aisle)
  • ·      Distilled water (or you can boil water, but wait for it to cool!)

All you have to do is mix 1 part glycerin with 3 parts water in your bottle, and shake well.

Another similar DIY is a fixing spray, like MAC Fix+ or ELF Makeup Mist and Set. Fixing, or setting spray, is used to set your makeup in place for the day and to keep powder from looking powdery or cakey.

You will need:

  • ·      Travel size spray bottle
  • ·      Rose water OR lavender water OR any non-alcohol toner
  • ·      Pure glycerin OR aloe vera juice
  • ·      Tea tree oil (optional, for oily/acne prone skin)

This time, mix 1 part glycerin to 4 parts infused water/toner. For oily skin, you can mix 1 part glycerin to up to 7 parts water. For acne prone skin, you can add a drop of tea tree oil for every 4 tablespoons of solution. Aloe vera and lavender are antibacterial and are good for acne prone skin, as well as redness.

These concoctions do not contain preservatives, so only use them for 2 weeks (3 weeks if stored in the fridge) before tossing. Make them in small batches and see how much you use, and then you can adjust how much you make the second time!

If DIY isn’t your thing, I discovered that Heritage Products makes floral infused water + glycerin. I love Heritage Products and use their rose water on a regular basis. This is a natural alternative to expensive setting sprays. It also works as a great toner.  Just mist your face after applying your makeup, and wear it all day long! 

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Until next time dolls,


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