DIY Eyeliner Recipes

February 18, 2013By 21 Comments

diy eyelinerMost conventional eyeliners contain these not-so-sexy, toxic ingredients: 2-Propanol, Benzyl Alcohol, Butylated Hydroxyanisole, Carbon Black, Diethyl Phthalate, Aluminum, Bismuth, Butylated Hydroxytoluene, Propylene Glycol, Silica, Butyl Paraben, Fragrance, Isobutylparaben, Isopropyl Paraben, Methyl Paraben, Retinol Palmitate, Aluminum, Polyethylene Terephthalate, Ethyle Paraben… Ew-ah!

Is your head spinning? How is it even legal for companies to sell products for your EYES with such nasties, right?

Let’s take matters into our own hands and make eyeliner from scratch at home using super safe, simple ingredients. 🙂

Recipe #1

What You’ll Need:

Empty the charcoal capsule and add enough jojoba oil for desired consistency. Put mixture into an old eyeliner pot and enjoy.

Recipe #2

What You’ll Need:

  • 1/2 ounce of jojoba oil
  • 1/2 ounce of cocoa powder (or spirulina powder for a pretty green shade)

Combine the ingredients, and apply to eyelids with an angled brush.

Recipe #3

What You’ll Need:

Burn the almonds (using a lighter or culinary torch), and combine the soot with jojoba oil (2 drops for ever charred almond).

Let me know which recipe is your fave. Also, if you have more DIY eyeliner tips, please share!

Photo by swimparallel

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  1. Sophie Berger says:

    I LOVE the cocoa powder with oil recipe! In fact it’s the first time I’m wearing eyeliner in a year! Thank you!

  2. Stephanie says:

    Are there any particular makeup removers that work best with these recipes?

  3. Connie Brown says:

    Am I the only one having problems mixing the powders and oil? Mine always seems a little grainy like it’s not mixed properly. This has been the case with every at home version I make :/

  4. Niella says:

    Is this good for people with sensitive eyes?

  5. Stephanie Sky says:

    We grow our own algae in an aquarium and dehydrate via cold storage method. So that is what I used and its soooooooooo pretty! I’m super pleased 🙂

  6. celine says:

    hey 🙂 how long would this last if i store it in a pot ?

  7. Susielol says:

    I have the same question, what do you usually burn the almonds in? Foil?

  8. BB says:

    What do you usually burn the almonds in?

  9. Jayne says:

    Any idea what kind of powder you could use to create a purple color?

  10. Anna says:

    Hi, thank you for your reply it was helpful. However what i meant is how long can I keep it until it goes rancid? Thank you! 🙂

  11. Anna says:

    Hi 🙂 How long will the eyeliner last and how should I store it?

  12. Gwen says:

    So awesome! Could we theoretically use other oils? Say vitamin e or grapeseed oil?

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