Do you know what’s in that store-bought eyeliner you use? Chances are it’s loaded with toxins and wrapped in plastic. And no matter how much you love your favorite eyeliner, it’s just not worth the risk to your well-being or the environment. With homemade eyeliner, you can skip harmful ingredients and opt for a clean, green alternative.
If you’re not sure how to make cosmetics from scratch, check out the easy-to-follow recipes below to get started. With rich, all-natural ingredients, you’ll wonder why you haven’t treated your lids to these bold liners sooner.
Why make your own homemade eyeliner?
Still not convinced? Here are eight reasons to try homemade eyeliner:
Cosmetics are known for their disposable packaging, containers and applicators. And where does all that plastic end up? Unfortunately, approximately 8 million metric tons of plastic ends up in the ocean every year.
While a few companies are leading the way in sustainable packaging and zero waste, you can avoid unwanted disposables by making your own eyeliner and storing it in a reusable container.
Eyeliner in ancient Egypt often contained harmful amounts of lead. Centuries later, today’s most popular brands aren’t much better.
Instead of relying on color palettes provided by cosmetic manufacturers, you can customize your DIY eyeliner according to your preferences.
Using charcoal as an ingredient will give you a classic black smokey eye look, while cocoa powder provides a more natural look. If you want to mix it up, try beetroot powder for a reddish-pink pop or arrowroot powder for a creamy white liner.
Despite some progress in recent years, the sad truth is that animal testing remains a reality for many major cosmetic brands. By choosing your own vegan and cruelty-free ingredients, you can ensure that your DIY mascara does not involve any inhuman treatment.
Gentle oils for the skin
Coconut oil, almond oil, avocado oil, and grapeseed oil can all be used as the main ingredient in your eyeliner. Whichever skin-friendly oil you choose will help your liner glide on smoothly and keep your skin hydrated.
The dreaded smudges after swimming can easily be avoided by adding beeswax to your homemade eyeliner. Beeswax naturally repels water, leaving you with beautifully applied eyeliner, even after getting caught in an unexpected downpour.
Even drugstore eyeliner can cost you $10 a pop. But with these DIY eyeliner recipes, you’ll be using small amounts of versatile ingredients that you probably already have at home. There is no doubt that it is more profitable to make your own.
Homemade eyeliner means you’re not limited to a dull pencil or a cheap applicator. Creamy DIY eyeliners glide on smoothly, and you can easily use a small angled brush you already own and love. Just be sure to clean your makeup brushes regularly to remove unwanted oils and bacteria.
How to store your homemade eyeliner
You can store your homemade eyeliner in any small reusable container, such as an old lip balm box or an individual eyeshadow jar. Just make sure it has been thoroughly cleaned and sterilized.
Eyeliner should be stored in a dark, cool place. A refrigerator is ideal.
Basic DIY eyeliner recipe
Activated charcoal is the quintessential ingredient used in homemade black eyeliner. It can be combined with any skin-friendly carrier oil, such as coconut, almond, or jojoba, or with water.
In this basic recipe, activated charcoal is mixed with distilled water for a simple DIY eyeliner. Unlike regular tap water, distilled water goes through a rigorous filtration process to remove contaminants and minerals.
What is activated carbon?
Activated charcoal is a fine black powder made from charcoal, but not the same substance used in grills and fire pits.
Activated carbon, as powder is also known, is made by exposing carbon-rich materials (such as wood or coconut husks) to very high temperatures and activating agents to make it more porous .
It is sold in pharmacies and health food stores in capsule or powder form.
- 1/2 teaspoon (2 capsules) activated charcoal
- 1 teaspoon of distilled water
Put activated charcoal in a small bowl. Add a few drops of distilled water and mix until a paste forms.
Beeswax & Coconut Oil Eyeliner
- 1/16 teaspoon of beeswax
- 1/2 teaspoon coconut oil (or skin-friendly oil of your choice)
- 1/4 teaspoon distilled water
- 2 activated charcoal capsules (or 1/2 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa powder for brown)
- 2 drops of vitamin E oil
- Add the beeswax and oil to the pan and heat over medium heat until melted.
- Remove from heat and pour into a small container.
- Mix activated charcoal or cocoa powder and vitamin E oil.
- Slowly add water (one drop at a time) until you reach the desired consistency.
The eyeliner will be liquid and can be applied with an eyeliner brush. Use within one month to avoid spoiling.
Aloe vera eyeliner
- 2 teaspoons melted coconut oil
- 4 teaspoons of aloe vera gel
- 1-2 activated charcoal capsules or 1/2 teaspoon cocoa powder
Combine all ingredients and store in an airtight container.
For a colorful option, opt for spirulina, a powder made from dried seaweed that creates a dark green hue.
Use the same basic recipe with different pigments to vary the color. Cosmetic grade mica powder, available in a variety of colors, is an excellent ingredient.
For a reddish-toned eyeliner, add a little beetroot powder to your activated charcoal or cocoa-based eyeliner.
- 1/2 teaspoon spirulina powder
- 1 teaspoon distilled water, aloe gel, or your favorite carrier oil
In a small container, add water, aloe gel, or oil, one drop at a time, to your spirulina powder. Mix well after each drop of liquid and add more if necessary to obtain the desired consistency.