I’ve never been a HUGE fan of makeup. I’m pretty much a lip balm and mascara kind of girl, but every once in a while, it is nice to get dolled up.
My main reason for not wearing makeup is because I try to avoid chemicals at all costs. I know that many lipsticks contain formaldehyde, parabens and fragrance, but let’s talk eyeliners.
In many of the most popular brands contain chemicals like these:
Pretty toxic stuff. Each of these chemicals have a toxic rating of 4 or higher on the EWG’s cosmetic database. And the worst part: we’re putting them on our face!
That means these chemicals are absorbed into our bodies on a daily basis, causing a buildup of dangerous ingredients in our systems.
So instead of paying a fortune for all natural cosmetics, why not make your own?
I’ve already given a tutorial on how to make an awesome Natural Cocoa Butter Lip Tint, so now it’s time to focus on eyes.
I wanted to come up with a safe, natural eyeliner that would be safe to use with my contacts. Plus, I wanted to do it as simply as possible.
I chose just three ingredients: beeswax, jojoba oil, and activated charcoal.
- Beeswax helps to give the eyeliner a more solid consistency. It helps it to stay put.
- Jojoba is wonderful for skin and allows the eyeliner to be spreadable and smudgeable. If you don’t have jojoba, coconut oil will also work just fine.
- Activated charcoal is a natural substance and is often ingested to help with gas, upset stomach, and detoxes. It is really important that you buy cosmetic or food grade activated charcoal from a reputable source. There are lots of people selling sub-par “charcoals” that won’t work the same as activated charcoal.
- 1 TBSP Jojoba oil (find it here)
- 1/2 tsp beeswax (find it here)
- 1/2 tsp activated charcoal (find it here)
- (You can add less or more depending on how dark you want your eyeliner. This amount will give you a good “middle ground” liner)
- Melt beeswax in microwave
- Stir in jojoba oil and activated charcoal
- Continue to stir until mixture begins to get solid
- Use with a fine eye liner brush or cotton swab.
That’s it! Here’s a picture of me with it on:
I’ve been using this recipe for a while now and it hasn’t bothered my contacts. It is VERY smudgeable though, so you’ll want to be careful when rubbing your eyes. You can always use a natural makeup setting spray to help it stay exactly where you want it.