How To: Make Your Own Natural Eyeliner

by Katharine Ernst

I love when I know that the things I put into and onto my body are 100% au naturel. Now, I’m not necessarily an angel when it comes to this, I do make an effort and when that effort involves fun, crafty ideas about how to make your own makeup, I swoon.


This recipe for all-natural eyeliner is both cheap and easy, some other things I like my makeup to be. The only thing you’ll have to buy to make it is activated charcoal. I know, it sounds a little weird. The only charcoal I’m familiar the stuff I draw with. But that too has made an occasional appearance as an additive in my black hair dye back in high school. As I did some research, I found that activated charcoal is a wonder drug —it prevents hangovers, lowers cholesterol, cures gas (I know, but yes) – and is also used as a remedy for some poisons. (Activated charcoal is the stuff they use to pump your stomach if you have alcohol poisoning – blech.) The best part is that, unlike the sticks of charcoal I draw with, this kind is available in capsule form, so you can take it orally as medicine or break it up to get to get to the good stuff for this recipe.

You will need 4 capsules of activated charcoal, a couple of drops of water (some people prefer to use filtered water) and an empty eye shadow tin or something to store it in.

Take the contents of the 4 capsules of charcoal and add 2 drops of water (I would recommend an eyedropper—it makes it sooo much easier) and mix. From there, keep adding a drop of water at a time and mix until charcoal gets a clumpy. After that, slowly pour the mixture into the empty tin and press down with your fingers to smooth it out or leave it loose to use as a shadow.

You can use a thin, pointed brush or an angled brush when applying it as a liner, or an eye shadow brush if you choose to leave the mixture loose. Be sure to dampen your brush with a little water first so the charcoal attaches to the fibers. If you use it as a shadow just make sure to tap off the extra charcoal on the brush tip so the loose flecks don’t make a drawing on your face!

For a variation you can also use drops of coconut oil in place of water, but I found that the water one is a little drier and stays put. The moisture in the oil tends to slip down my face, but feel free to try both and see what works for you.

This recipe was fun, easy and it makes me feel like a little witch whipping up a festive brew that celebrates my face. Okay… maybe not everyone will feel that way, but hey—it’s definitely fun. I’d like to know how this worked out for my fellow BUSTies. Feel free to test it out and post some photos in the comment section to show off your natural eye makeup magic!

Source via A Blossoming Life and WebMD

Photograph via The All Natural Face

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