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Learn how to make your own natural eyeliner using an ingredient that can be used in many other ways in a Paleo lifestyle.
If you read my DIY Homemade Deodorant post you know that I’m big into staying away from toxic chemicals on my skin.
Now eyeliner is one of those things that I wouldn’t necessarily consider to be high on the toxic list, not like, say a moisturizer filled with phthalates or something, but still, I like to know EXACTLY what is going on my skin.
Especially if you are or have been on some sort of strict elimination diet to try to figure out what is triggering autoimmune issues or other symptoms, knowing exactly what goes IN your body and ON your body is equally as important.
What is Activated Charcoal?
I first heard of activated charcoal a few years ago from some natural health blogs where they were talking about using it for preventing stomach flu.
My ears (or eyes, since I was reading) immediately perked up, since we had just been through a few rounds of the nasty illness and if there is anything I hate, it’s throwing up.
I went to the local Walgreens that evening, purchased a bottle of capsules from the Gas Relief section and was now ready for the stomach flu to make another appearance. As these things go, of course it didn’t come back for over a year.
But when it DID, I was ready.
My older son started throwing up one evening, so both my husband and I ingested 2 capsules each of the activated charcoal and we gave my younger son a ¼ of a capsule in some applesauce. (At that time we didn’t try giving the sick one any).
Two hours later my husband and I took 2 more capsules. In the middle of the night my husband threw up once but then had no other issues.
I spent some quality time in the bathroom, expelling my demons through what I called the “preferred end”, but I didn’t throw up. My younger son escaped unscathed.
Ok, you say, this was one time.
But alas, this has actually happened multiple times since. Each time one of us starts throwing up, the rest of us start knocking back the AC.
And each time, we’ve had reduced or no symptoms whatsoever.
We’ve also started to give the actively sick person a bit (like a ¼ to ½ capsule) in a small bit of applesauce in between expelling sessions and it really seems to help. (Note: it does turn EVERYTHING black, so if you have a wee one who can’t aim into a bucket or toilet, be very careful.)
Why does it work?
But why does this work? Well, the process of manufacturing activated charcoal causes it to develop lots of pores that help it to absorb toxins, chemicals, and poisons.
Emergency rooms often use it after pumping a stomach to remove poisons as it can help further remove the poisons that have reached beyond the stomach.
Both the Dave Asprey (Bulletproof Exec) and Katie The Wellness Mama have great articles about the history and other uses of the substance if you want to know more (Katie started me on using it for teeth whitening and it works so well!).
Using it as an eyeliner
On to why you really want to read this post – how I use activated charcoal as a natural homemade eyeliner!
Because it is such a dark powder, it works really well as an eyeliner. It's just that – activated charcoal.
Be very careful though as it can stain things as you prepare it.
You can either buy the capsules that you can find in any drug or grocery store (typically in the Gas Relief aisle or you can get them here) and break them apart, or you can buy it in bulk.
I like to buy it in bulk so I can use it in multiple things, like this eyeliner, mascara (a future blog post), and for the teeth whitening powder as Katie The Wellness Mama details.
Buying it in bulk also seems to be a lot less messy.
Using and Applying the eyeliner
I apply it one of two ways:
- With just water – This way gives a similar look to an eyeliner pencil. Soft and pretty, but not too bold. A great day look. Simply wet an angle brush in water, then dip in the activated charcoal and mix until you get a bit of a paste. Then apply like you are applying a powder eyeliner.
- With oil – This way gives a much bolder, darker line that is akin to using a liquid eyeliner. Great for a cateye look. I like to use olive oil for this, but really any liquid oil will work. Again, dip an angle brush in the oil, then into the activated charcoal and mix until you get a paste. Then apply. This way sometimes take a bit longer to dry than the water version, so just keep that in mind.
Removing the eyeliner
Both of these methods can easily be removed with just water or a cotton ball soaked with a bit of olive oil.
Which is to say, if you are going to go have a really sweaty workout session, I am not sure how this will hold up.
But if you are just going to work, hanging out about town, or on a date it will be just fine (well, depends on how that date ends up… haha).
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Interested in other homemade beauty products? With printable labels too? Check out my Homemade Gifts Book – 16 recipes to make for a friend – or for yourself.
Awesome article! I not only learned I have everything I need to make my own eyeliner, I learned a potential way to cut stomach flu misery. I’ve been studying on natural medicines, so a great find for me.
Haha, yep – now you can look good while beating the stomach flu 🙂
Hey! I loved this tutorial… I dunno but I find eyeliner pretty expensive where I live so this is greattt
Thanks! I’m glad you loved it 🙂
I love this concept, how easily does the eyeliner come off? I love the pigmentation you get when you get mix it with oil but I’m scared if I do anything with my eyes that the liner will just come off.
I personally don’t think it comes off very easily when I use the oil – it lasts most of the day for me.
I attempted to make my own eyeliner and mascara and it ran like crazy. Any suggestions to stop the running?
Hey Carrie- Without knowing what ingredients were in it I’m not sure, but I would think if you used something like my eyeliner in this post and used too much oil it would run. I haven’t been super successful at making my own mascara yet for the same reason – just using something like charcoal and oil runs and when i try adding thickening agents it gets too thick! But yeah, for the eyeliner I’d recommend using just enough oil to slightly wet the brush and then dip in the charcoal and wipe off excess. Then let it dry completely on your eyelids. Hopefully that will work for you!
Where did you get you lovely ring?
I actually got it at Target!
You are brilliant! So thankful you shared! Hey I see cute fingernail polish…. what brand? I do autoimmune paleo, and would love cute nails. ….
Haha, thanks! Unfortunately nail polish is one of my guilty pleasures and I use the toxic stuff like OPI and Essie. Though right now I do have on Butter of London which is free of the 3 worst toxins, but doesn’t seem to last as long. I figure I’m pretty clean in every other aspect of my life that this is one area I can fudge a bit.
Oh wow, Michelle! I’ve never tried to make my own makeup, but this looks so easy. Love your video!
Thanks Kelly! It really is simple to make. I hope you try it!
That spoon is gorgeous! And your video is lovely, as usual (especially your hair).
Aw, thanks Rachel 🙂