Make Your Own Homemade, Non-Toxic Eyeliner

by Charlene Flanagan
To be fair, it's not just about keeping yourself productive and occupied on a weekend, but home projects are always fun and give you a sense of accomplishment like no other.

And if you're a beauty fanatic, surely you know that the chemicals, preservatives and ingredients in most commercial products aren't exactly great shakes for your skin in the long run. So while we've taught you how to make your own bath products like scrubs, body butter, cleansers and soaps too, our successful attempt at nailing some DIY recipes for your very own homemade lipstick and lip stains have left us a bit more adventurous.

Upon spotting a research paper by the University of Waterloo that suggested eyeliners can lead to vision problems in the long run, it only seemed inevitable that we train you how to side-step the problem. Make your own eyeliner; one that's non-toxic and herbal, and has a cooling effect on your peepers. It's quite simple really, here's how you can get started.

Homemade Ayurvedic Kohl: Soak 1 or 2 cotton wicks in almond or castor oil overnight. The next morning, in an earthenware dish or a copper vessel, set the wick on fire. Cover the flame with a bowl and let the soot collect there. Once the wick has burned out, collect the soot in a small box, or old blush container. You can use this powder with a small brush. It’s smudge-proof and great for the eyes.

Homemade Cooling Eyeliner: Put 1tsp peppermint oil, 4tsp aloe vera gel, and 1tsp grated beeswax in a small saucepan over low heat. Stir until the beeswax melts completely. Pour 1-2 capsules of activated charcoal into the oil mixture. Blend well and then remove from heat. When slightly cooled, transfer this mixture into a clean plastic container of your choice, and let it set for a few hours. Once the beeswax solidifies, your eyeliner is ready for use. 

Homemade Gel Eyeliner: Empty out 1tbsp loose powder (black) in a container. Add 5-8 drops jojoba oil to the powder (or till the mixture becomes a coarse paste). Next, add a little over ½tsp eye shadow primer to the paste and mix well, till it takes on a smooth, mousse-like consistency. If it's too runny, feel free to add a little more loose powder. Store in a cool, dry place for use.

Homemade Herbal Eyeliner: Add 1tsp activated charcoal into a container of your choice. Now, you have the option of creating a paste with oil, or leaving it just as it is. For the former, add 3-4 drops of sweet almond oil to the charcoal and stir until it makes a thick paste (just enough oil for it to not be runny). All you need then is a fine paint brush to apply, and you’re good to go.

Homemade Non-Toxic Eyeliner: Thoroughly mix 2tsp coconut oil, 4tsp aloe vera gel, 1-2 capsules of activated charcoal (for a black hue), or ½tsp cocoa powder (for a brown hue). Store in an airtight container in a cool, dark place. Use a clean brush to ensure you don’t introduce any bacteria to the mixture.

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