Make Your Own Eyeshadow? 1

DIY eye shadow

I was sooo excited to find this DIY eye shadow tutorial online!  The thought of making my own makeup had never even crossed my mind.  I love the mineral foundation and eye shadows I buy because they work, and because while I’ve never looked too closely at the ingredients, I assume/hope they are better than most other makeup out there.  However, it does get expensive!  The idea that I could make my own super 100% natural makeup was so awesome, it was almost too good to be true.

And it is. At least it is from what I’ve seen with this particular eye shadow formula.  Luckily I have a great naturals store nearby that sells a huge quantity of items in bulk, so I only spent less than $1.50 on this experiment.

In a little bowl, I mixed up the recipe for a mauve eye shadow.


½ tsp arrowroot powder
¼ tsp allspice
¼ + ⅛ tsp dried beet powder
⅛ tsp cocoa powder
¼ tsp shea butter

I creamed the shea butter into the powders, like one creams sugar into butter. The texture and color were beautiful, as you can see.  In direct sunlight it looked lighter and pinker.

light and dark mauve eye shadow

Then I tried to apply it to my eyelids with a small brush.  Right away I noticed it had a much different consistency than I’m used to.  I brushed it on as I normally would, and this is what happened.  It balled up, rolled off my eyelid, and fell off my face.  I tried smearing.  Ouch. Do not smear.  I tried using my finger to get it to stick. Still precisely zero color on my eyelid.

wearing eye shadow

I added potato starch, thinking maybe the eye shadow had too much moisture, but it made no difference.  Bummer. I ended up tossing the whole batch.

Oh well.  Good thing my Buddhism class is here to remind me to avoid attachment to things!  I still hold a faint hope that other more effective recipes exist somewhere.  I mean, nothing is impossible, right?  If you come across any that you love, please send them right over!

Sincerely, Naked Eyelids.

no eye shadow on eyelid

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