22 March 2013

4 Homemade Eyeshadow Recipes

I've always wanted to make my own makeup, so I put together a collection of homemade eyeshadow recipes. They are for both powdered and cream, and there's even a shimmer version for when you feel fancy.

When you make your own cosmetics, you can control the ingredients. This is especially great if you are allergic or have a sensitivity to an ingredients.

There's something in some eyeshadows that irritates my eyes and makes them water. It kills my eyeliner, and it's very annoying. I've got it narrowed down to a couple of ingredients, but I'm still not sure exactly what is causing it.  Thankfully, whatever it is, it isn't in these recipes because they don't make my eyes water.

Making your own eyeshadow also lets you use organic or natural ingredients if that's important to you. You'll probably be surprised at how easy it is to find the ingredients too. Some of them you can even find at your local grocery store.

I also like the flexibility to make custom colors. Sometimes I buy some eyeshadow palettes that don't have quite the right color.  Now I can make my own to complement what I already have.  

Eyeshadow palettes can be expensive!  Making your own homemade eyeshadow can save you a lot of money.

Since you control the ingredients, you can use organic if you want. You can also make the perfect shade for your skin tone.


There are so many ways to make homemade eyeshadow. This is an old post that I did before I started making my own. There are four different ways to make eyeshadow, including cream, shimmer, and powdered recipes.

These four homemade eyeshadow recipes are from other bloggers.  I've also made eyeshadow four ways and tested them.  You can see the results of my test and my pick in this post about how to make cream eyeshadow.

Handmade Cream Eyeshadow Recipe - Good tutorial with pictures. This is a must try!  It has shea butter in it, so it's very moisturizing if you have dry skin.  It lasts about three months.  You'll want to make a new batch after that to avoid contamination.

Shimmer Eyeshadow Recipe - This shimmer eyeshadow recipe is in a pumpkin shade, which is gorgeous.  I think it would look great on most skin shades.  You can always use the basic recipe to make different shades though.  It uses mica for the colorant.

Powdered Eyeshadow Recipe - She gives a lot of tips to make shimmer and matte shades.  I like that it uses arrowroot powder because it absorbs excess oil.  I have oily eyelids, so this helps my makeup stay put longer.

Basic Eyeshadow Recipe - This is an easy to follow recipe.  Most homemade eyeshadow recipes are for loose powders.  You can make a pressed eyeshadow if you prefer those.  I think I get better control with pressed shadow.  I tend to get loose powder all over, but it's personal preference.

As with any makeup or beauty product, use common sense when you make homemade eyeshadow. Don't use any ingredients that you are allergic to or have a reaction to.

If you're not quite ready to make your own but still want natural makeup, try some handmade makeup from Etsy.

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