It’s DIY Friday! This time, I’m going to show off my homemade black eyeliner.
Today’s post will be a little different from previous some DIY, because I’m not going to do a step-by-step how-to. This is partly because (amazingly) I can actually give you the link to the original recipe I modified, and partly because I ended up taking a lot of pictures showing off several the ways this eyeliner can be used, and thought that might be more interesting.
I was specifically looking to make an eyeliner that didn’t use activated charcoal for the color — very common in DIY recipes, I’ve found. I have nothing against using it, I just never have and didn’t have any around.
However, I did have black iron oxide. I found this original recipe if you’re interested in trying it yourself. I basically just modified it for what ingredients I happened to actually have at the time.
Those ingredients happened to be sunflower oil, beeswax, cocoa butter, clay, and of course, black iron oxide.
Obviously, this means my eyeliner came out a little different than the original… But I still followed the same basic steps, melting and adding in the double-boiler.
Here’s what it looked like when I was done:
Very solid, and very black.
I was a little worried about how well I could use it with my small detail brush (stolen from my oil painting brushes before it ever got used), since it was so very solid. But I was worried for nothing!
Running the brush over the eyeliner several times quickly turns the bristles black, and it easily transfers to my skin. It looks like nothing is getting used because it takes very little to be effective — basically it means this tiny jar will last approximately forever.
Now, onto the looks!
First up is my eye with nothing on, for comparison purposes.
And then with a simple thin line, very basic.
I LOVE how much control and precision the brush gives me, and the homemade eyeliner is very cooperative.
You can see there is just a little smudging onto the crease above my eye.
I’ve yet to use ANY eyeliner that doesn’t do this if I put it on too thick (I put on quite a few layers to make sure it’d show up on the camera). With the homemade stuff, though, mistakes come off super easily and cleanly, while still lasting quite a while where I want it. I can’t say as much for every store-bought eyeliner!
My second look really demonstrates how much fun you can have with homemade eyeliner and a good detail brush:
Fairy makeup! I can’t resist it…
As mentioned, this cleans up very nicely! The beeswax base means it slides off super cleanly, with just a little warmth and/or oil to help if it gives you trouble.
I got look number three when removing the fairy makeup…
The classic, ever-popular, smudgy smokey eye.
So there you have it: three quick and easy looks using only homemade eyeliner!
Be sure to come back for tomorrow’s post when I show off a little more of the mica powder looks…