Recipes for Making Your Own Cosmetics

Having already succumbed to making my own shampoo (and still going strong, months later!), it's likely not too long before I try my hand at other beauty essentials. So when I came across this article in ReadyMade (thanks to my mom's subscription she sent me recently!), I immediately ripped it out to hold on to: "MacGyver Your Makeup."

There's a recipe for whipping up your own lip/cheek stain, eye liner, eye shadow and mascara. That's more than my daily makeup routine right there!

Caveat: I haven't tried a single one of these recipes, so I can't personally vouch for them. But I love the idea of at least trying them out and giving them a-go to see how well they do perform. Let me know if you get around to trying them before I do...

Make Your Own Lip and Cheek Stain
You'll need:
  • Raw, organic coconut oil
  • Beeswax
  • Beet root powder (available at or a beet
  • Bowl
  • Grater
  • Pot
  • Glass Jar 
1. In a bowl, spoon out 1 tsp dried beet root powder.
2. Add 1½ tbsp coconut oil and mix.
3. Grate 1½ tbsp beeswax into your oil paste and put it into an old pot (better if you don’t care about it). Heat on low, being careful not to let it burn, until melted.
4. Remove pot from heat and pour the mixture into a glass jar to cool. Once it hardens, use your finger to apply the best, easiest lip and cheek stain out there. Will last 6 months unrefrigerated.

Make Your Own Mascara
You'll need:
  • Activated charcoal capsules
  • Aloe vera
  • Mascara wand, cleaned 
1. Empty an activated charcoal capsule into a small bowl.
2. Put in ¼ tsp pure aloe vera gel and mix.
3. Using an old (but thoroughly cleaned) mascara wand, sweep it onto your lashes. Make and use (don’t store) as needed.

Make Your Own Eyeliner

You'll need:
  • Activated charcoal capsules (available at
  • Small angled-tip eyeliner brush
1. Empty the contents of an activated charcoal capsule in a dry, clean bowl.
2. For a liquid-liner look, add a few drops of water, dip in your angled-tip eyeliner brush, and sweep it neatly. If you want a more smoldering eye, put it on dry and smudge to the desirable smokiness. Make and use (don’t store) as needed.

Make Your Own Eye Shadow
You'll need:
  • Spirulina powder (available at the
  • Coconut oil (optional)
  • Round eye-shadow brush
1. Spoon ½ tsp powder into a clean, dry bowl or into your palm.
2. With shadow brush or your index finger, smear it onto your lids. For a glossier look, first apply a little coconut oil to your lids. Shadow will keep for months, but check the spirulina bottle for storage advice to be safe.
(They say that this recipe will create a naturally pigmented, "universally flattering blue-green" hue.)

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  1. Wow, this is really interesting. I've been thinking when I'm down with my current bottle of shampoo I may try making your recipe to see how it works on my head.

  2. I was just thinking this morning that the only two "beauty products" I still use are bar soap and the occasional coat of mascara. I've researched making my own soap for a few weeks now, but I didn't know if there were any homemade mascara recipes out there.

    Then I read your post. Ta-da!

    Any idea what an activated charcoal capsule is or where to get it?

  3. @ Starving Student Survivor - I did a little research and it looks like you can order some from ( Let me know if you try it. I'd love to hear how it turns out!!

  4. I work in a health food store and we sell charcoal in tablet, capsule and powder forms. You can also brush your teeth with it once a week to remove tartar build-up. We take it for an upset stomach or gas. It will also take the poison out of a sting of a bee, just make a paste with water and put it on a damp paper towel and tape in place over the sting. Remove it after it dries. Charcoal is used to pull the poison of cancer out of people's liver at lifestyle centers. It is a very useful product. If a child ever ingests anything you think might poison him, have him drink some charcoal in water on the way to the emergency room. Many times, it may be all that is needed, but I would still go to the E.R. just in case!

  5. @ Margie - Neat! I never knew all those great qualities good ole charcoal provided. The anti-tartar build-up sounds GREAT. I'm going to have to look into that. Thanks for sharing!

  6. I tried this recipe and spirulina doesn't work. it clumps and the powder is opaque and looks like you've smeared green dirt on yourself. I'd be surprised if the editors at readymade actually tried it because it looks awful. I was hopeful, but don't bother. it tastes nice though...

  7. @ Greybird - Aw that's too bad, but thanks for letting me know. I don't really wear much eye shadow as it is, but I still want to try to make the mascara myself, but I bought up a bunch of another natural kind so I'm going to wait until that runs out before DIY-ing my own. Let me know if you do come across anything work!

  8. mica powders are natural and used for eye shadows I've made many cosmetics in my life time and your basics are mica,beeswax, an oil like olive or coconut and a butter like Shea or cocoa.Everything is versatile depending on ratios you can make lip glosses to body butters to shadows and shimmers has a great selection of raw ingredients. You can also use witch hazel with a few drops of lemon juice as a toner =)


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