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Make Your Own Eyeliner Tutorial

The Natural, Week 4.5: The Real Smoky Eye

As promised, the other night I made my own eyeliner from a recipe given to me by reader Little Pepper. It sounded pretty simple; just burn an almond and use the soot to make eyeliner. Turns out, things require a bit more prep than that, but the results were lovely: a highly pigmented carbon black that was very smooth and not at all irritating. I modified the recipe a little bit and created this light winged look with it, which I found basically indistinguishable from something created with a regular black liner. For a cosmetic that costs basically nothing and took me 10 minutes to make, I'm pretty impressed. To see how to do it at home, just click through the tutorial gallery below.


The Supplies

Fire Up!

Break It Off

Get Oily

Line and Define

All Done!

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ThunderRose ThunderRose 6 years
... omg, you're soo pretty! >_<
mermaidlocks mermaidlocks 6 years
Hi Bella, I just came across this AMAZING line of make up that is made from all fruit and vegetables NOTHING ELSE! I just got the tinted moisturizer(LOVE IT) and so I order the concealer and powder foundation too and I cannot wait! I seriously recommend checking them out, its amazing everything they have and that its made from fruits and veggies, insane right?!? Well, let me know what you think; here's the link http://100percentpure.com/fruitpigments_home.html
stephcorinn stephcorinn 6 years
I thought that you said you had really bad dark circles. Your eyes look great to me!
Beauty Beauty 6 years
Hahahaha. I promise almond eyeliner is totally legal! Please don't make me watch Trainspotting, officer!
tlsgirl tlsgirl 6 years
Looks great!
tlsgirl tlsgirl 6 years
Looks great!
runningesq runningesq 6 years
ha, Renee -- I was thinking the same thing ! Bella, could you imagine 'splain to the police that no, it's not heroin -- you are making your own eyeliner. from almonds. :P
Jessiebanana Jessiebanana 6 years
That is just a hot mess to me. Maybe it would look better dry.
Beauty Beauty 6 years
Any, it wasn't too bad, although I did mess up a couple of almonds before I realized I needed to wait and let it burn through :) Mostly, it was just trying it a few times and seeing what actually worked. But I don't think I spent more than 20 minutes on the entire experiment, and when I got it right, it only took me about five!Cordata, I just put on plain zinc oxide. It's got broad spectrum UV protection up to spf 45, doesn't bother most skin types, and is so, so cheap if you get it without any additives. Doesn't do anything but protect your skin, but it does that well, and it's very natural. As for making your own, there are recipes on the internet, but most of them suggest adding titanium dioxide and oils to a zinc oxide base, and I figure why mess with a good thing?Ticamorena, if I hadn't added the olive oil, the consistency would have been exactly that of an eye shadow or loose liner, so I'd definitely say you could do a smoky eye. I just added the olive oil to see if it would work, and it did! So really, you can get multiple uses out of this recipe: a charcoal shadow, a dry liner, or, with a drop of oil, something with a more fluid consistency.
Beauty Beauty 6 years
Any, it wasn't too bad, although I did mess up a couple of almonds before I realized I needed to wait and let it burn through :) Mostly, it was just trying it a few times and seeing what actually worked. But I don't think I spent more than 20 minutes on the entire experiment, and when I got it right, it only took me about five! Cordata, I just put on plain zinc oxide. It's got broad spectrum UV protection up to spf 45, doesn't bother most skin types, and is so, so cheap if you get it without any additives. Doesn't do anything but protect your skin, but it does that well, and it's very natural. As for making your own, there are recipes on the internet, but most of them suggest adding titanium dioxide and oils to a zinc oxide base, and I figure why mess with a good thing? Ticamorena, if I hadn't added the olive oil, the consistency would have been exactly that of an eye shadow or loose liner, so I'd definitely say you could do a smoky eye. I just added the olive oil to see if it would work, and it did! So really, you can get multiple uses out of this recipe: a charcoal shadow, a dry liner, or, with a drop of oil, something with a more fluid consistency.
ticamorena ticamorena 6 years
This looks fantastic, and you can literally get a "smokey" look (or sooty?) Anyhow, it just occured to me that you could use beetroot as a lipstain or blush, that stuff does.not.shift (much to my irritation as I like to eat it raw)
cordata cordata 6 years
Looks great!I was wondering, are you using any sort of sunscreen? Can you make your own?
cordata cordata 6 years
Looks great! I was wondering, are you using any sort of sunscreen? Can you make your own?
any any 6 years
it looks complicated
any any 6 years
it looks complicated
Beauty Beauty 6 years
Nope, just got them sooty—I washed them afterward and they were good as new!.
sarasonne sarasonne 6 years
Did this ruin your tweezers?
sarasonne sarasonne 6 years
Did this ruin your tweezers?
any any 6 years
thanx bella, it looks good!
any any 6 years
thanx bella, it looks good!
Renees3 Renees3 6 years
you look like you're cooking drugs HAHA! But I'm impressed with how good it looks!
Renees3 Renees3 6 years
you look like you're cooking drugs HAHA!But I'm impressed with how good it looks!
Little-Pepper Little-Pepper 6 years
yay! I acutually used it in a powder form, more like an eyeshadow/smudgy liner, but hey, this looks great! thank you so much for featuring me ;) and good luck!
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