Eyeshadow colors from spices:
Brown color: Cacao powder, nutmeg
Red: Red clay
Pink: Beet powder
Orange: saffron + beet powder
Green: Spirulina, green clay
Black/Grey: Activated charcoal
White: white clay (can lighten other shades)
DIY eyeshadow ingredients
To make a good quality, long lasting homemade eyeshadows you will first need an eyeshadow base. Eyeshadow base is just a simple mix of colorless ingredients that provide necessarily properties to your eyeshadows, such as:
adhesion,oil absorbency, smooth texture, coverage
We can of course just take a color pigment and apply that to our eyelids. But that will neither look good nor stay put for too long.
If you are just beginning your journey to a DIY makeup world, I would advise starting with the premade eyeshadow bases. These bases already have all the necessary base ingredients mixed together. This way you can jump straight into the fun part - adding colors!
Premade bases are not expensive and a little bit goes a long way so you can make loads of eyeshadows from it. These mixtures provide really good results and it is the easiest way to do it.
Later if you see that you really enjoy making eyeshadows you may want to start mixing your own bases to experiment with different finishes.
There are quite a few offers on the market but I would like to mention a popular quality option:
- Mineral base. You need to add approximately 1/2 part of a filler base to 3 parts of color. It is great for DIY eyeshadows that have mica powders in it.
If you want to make matte eyeshadows you will need to add approx. 3 parts filler base to 1 part color. For even better results, you can make special filler base that helps to produce the best matte eyeshadows.
Other supplies for making eyeshadows:
- Rubbing alcohol. You will need this to disinfect your working area and all the supplies.
- Something to mix and grind your powders. If you will only be using mica powders then a small ziplock baggie or a plastic container with a lid is enough. Mica powders do not need and should not be ground. They will mix well just from shaking and mixing. If you want to use color pigments or make your own base filler (instead of buying pre-made one) then you will need something to grind your powders with.
Little coffee grinders work great for this purpose. You can also use mortar and pestle and grind manually.
- Small measuring spoons. This is not mandatory but something that helps when working with small quantities.
- Tin pans or loose eyeshadow containers (1 oz containers for example). This depends on what type of eyeshadows you want to make: pressed or loose. Any size of tin pans will do but if you are wondering 26cm is standard.
To make pressed eyeshadows you will also need:
- Binder (to hold your eyeshadow pressed together). There are many options but I recommend one of these: MyMix Clear Pressing Binder Medium (Vegan) or Naturderm IL.
Note: if you want to make more natural eyeshadows you can use glycerin or jojoba oil (or some other oil) as a binder. However, If you use glycerin be aware that the eyeshadows will not last as long. They may start molding within a couple months. To prevent this you would need to add couple drops of a preservative.
- Presser tiles or something to press your eyeshadows. It could be a coin (a quarter) or anything flat that matches the size of your tin pan.
- Something small to mix your powders with liquids (a toothpick, bobby pin, etc.)
- A small bowl or container to mix your dry and wet ingredients.
- Napkin or a paper towel.