Zero Waste Eyeliner and Mascara

The hunt has been on for quite some time. I could write a book on all my failed make-up experiments. I'm still a fan of my lip to cheek, but it doesn't have a very long shelf life. Which does not fit with my rules of personal sustainability. So, I'm looking for shelf stable options.

Easy homemade, zero waste eyeliner from www.goingzerowaste.com

I've been so close to breaking down and buying mascara. There's a brand that sells it in stainless steel refills, but at $48 + shipping - I can't; I could buy 2 dozen organic cupcakes for $48! I just cannot see myself spending that much on organic mascara that needs to be replaced every 3 months. 

Mascara or 2 dozen cupcakes? Mascara or 2 dozen cupcakes? Cupcakes win every time. Thankfully my homemade mascara costs less than a dollar; which means, cupcakes and mascara! 

Makeup free and ready to get dressed up! 

Makeup free and ready to get dressed up! 

I think I've tried every homemade mascara on the interwebs.

I am a huge fan of the soap mascara. It is the most amazing homemade mascara ever, until you try and remove it. You will unleash hells eternal fury upon your eyeballs. I really, really want this one to work; so, I'm going to experiment with a different type of soap. And, I will keep you updated. If this didn't burn, it's the all time champion. But, until I figure it out - here's my recipe. 

simple mascara and eyeliner 

  • 1 Tablespoon Activated Charcoal: bought in bulk at Rainbow
  • 1/2 Teaspoon of Shae Butter: bought in bulk at a local boutique 
  • 1 Teaspoon of Bentonite Clay:  bought in bulk at Rainbow  
  •  2-3 Drops of Essential Oil:  bought in small glass bottles

Activated charcoal is very fine and very free. The bottle at Rainbow is even labeled with warning. You open it and a mushroom cloud arises. The other ingredients are used to weigh the powder down and give it sticking power.  

A NOTE ON ACTIVATED CHARCOAL: If you can't buy activated charcoal in bulk. You can make it. There are tutorials here and here. Or you can buy it in capsules at your local drug store. Or you can buy it loose. It's shelf stable, so buy a large qty to reduce packaging. I use it in a lot of beauty recipes like this face mask and my whitening toothpowder.

Mix all of the ingredients together. I used a mortar and pestle to really work the oils into the fine powder. If you use metal you will deactivate the clay. Mine, being in a metal tin, is deactivated, which means it won't pull toxins out of my skin. The clay is used as a binder, so it doesn't matter if it has been deactivated in this recipe. 

how to:

Learn how to make homemade, zero waste mascara with www.goingzerowaste.com

Dip a line brush into water.

Learn how to make homemade, zero waste mascara with www.goingzerowaste.com

Dip it into the powder.

Learn how to make homemade, zero waste mascara with www.goingzerowaste.com

Give it a good tap.

Learn how to make homemade, zero waste mascara with www.goingzerowaste.com
Learn how to make homemade, zero waste mascara with www.goingzerowaste.com

Draw on your eyelids. Remember this is not a make-up tutorial. There are WAY better bloggers out there for that! 

Learn how to make homemade, zero waste mascara with www.goingzerowaste.com

Run your mascara wand under a slow stream of running water.

Learn how to make homemade, zero waste mascara with www.goingzerowaste.com

Dip it into your eyeliner mix, tap, and apply. My lashes are normally light brown, so this makes a huge difference. I like to do a second coat. Wait about five minutes. This time don't run the lash brush under water, dip into the mixture, and reapply. 

Always apply your eye makeup before the rest of your makeup. You may get some specs on your face, it is after all powder. Just wipe them away.  

Finished at 3pm

Finished at 3pm

Turning in for bed at 11:30. After an afternoon/evening of BBQing with friends, how does my eye make up look?  

Turning in for bed at 11:30. After an afternoon/evening of BBQing with friends, how does my eye make up look?  

This will not lengthen your lashes or make them stand up. It will significantly darken your lashes and help thicken them. It will take a couple of minutes for it to dry, but when it dries there's no flaking, no running, and most importantly no burning.  You can curl your lashes after they have dried to help them stand. 

I know it sounds like blasphemy to curl your lashes after, but if you curled them before and applied a damp mascara brush, they would go limp. So, instead curl when dry. 

I made this recipe as an eyeliner first. Discovering it darkened my lashes was a happy accident.  

I've been wearing this in our house and around the office without AC, it's 85 degrees + and it has held up wonderfully. My lashes are still very dark at the end of the day.  

Do you have a favorite homemade make-up recipe? What about failures?