Basic DIY Eyeliner Ingredients

There are two types of eyeliner you can make: those with water only and those that are a water and oil emulsion. Both can be used safely providing you are careful. There are no preservatives in these eyeliners and so can develop mold and bacteria quickly. I use a small clean spatula to scoop out a very small amount of the liner onto a saucer, and keep the rest refrigerated.
The basic ingredients in eyeliner are lanolin, castor oil, waxes, and color. The color can be activated charcoal and/or mineral pigments. When choosing mineral pigments, be sure to use only those that are approved for cosmetic use. There are a few colors available, but it’s best to stick with what’s natural, as in brown or black. You can find these pigments 0n many soap making websites.
Activated charcoal can be found at health food stores or can be purchased with vitamins in capsule form. To use, just twist the capsule apart.
Always use distilled water. Tap water or water from other sources may contain bacteria which can spoil the mix or possibly even damage your eyes.

How to Make Eyeliner: Recipe #1 (Easiest)

This is the easiest eyeliner to make. There are only 2-3 ingredients.


Add ½ teaspoon of activated charcoal to a small bowl and add several drops of distilled water. Mix this together to make a paste. It may have a few lumps, but they will work themselves out. You can put this in a small jar or tin. I keep mine refrigerated just in case and never keep it more than a few weeks.
And I always remove a small amount from the whole as bacteria can develop if you use it straight from the container, much the same as mascara.

To Use

Remove a small amount with a clean utensil and place on a glass saucer. Take a very narrow brushand dab it in the mixture. Apply to the upper and lower lid close to the lashes. For best results create your line using many small strokes instead of one long stroke. Be sure to clean your brush well each time you use it and let it dry completely.

Recipe #2

This recipe is a bit more involved.


  • ½ teaspoon of grated beeswax or beeswax pastilles (find beeswax here)
  • ½ teaspoon oil – coconut, grapeseed, or sweet almond all work well (find these oils here)
  • ¼ teaspoon activated charcoal (find charcoal powder here or capsules here)
  • ¼ teaspoon distilled water


Melt the oil and wax together, then add the charcoal. Once it is blended well, add the water and whisk with a small whisk or a fork. If it separates, add a small amount of lecithin, maybe a capsule full. This will keep in the refrigerator for about a month using the same steps as above. (See Recipe #1 for tips on applying and removing the eyeliner.

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