20 November 2014

How to Make Cream Eyeshadow with Alcohol and Oil Part 4

This is my fourth and final cream eyeshadow recipe for this week.  I have to admit that this recipe sounded like it would be an epic fail.  It uses alcohol and water, and alcohol is the last thing I want near my eyes.  I also didn't want a really oil eyeshadow because I was thinking it would just slide off.

The alcohol and the oil perform some kind of magic together, and the result is this amazing homemade eyeshadow!

In case you missed it, earlier this week I gave recipes for cream eyeshadow with lotion, cream eyeshadow with eye drops, and cream eyeshadow with shea butter.

How to Make Cream Eyeshadow 

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I used a 91 percent alcohol, which is a little higher than the 70 percent that you'd normally find in the store.  It's harder to find, but it really does work well in this recipe.

I used vitamin E oil, but you could use argan oil, sweet almond oil, or any other carrier oil.  I would not use coconut oil because it is too hard.  I've heard this also works great with dimethicone.  

What You Need

  1. Add your eyeshadow to the jar.  I used about 1/4 of a teaspoon of this beautiful grayish purple color.  Make sure there are no clumps in the shadow.  If you are mixing two or more colors, mix them now.

  2. Add alcohol slowly.  You want to add enough so all of the shadow is suspended in the alcohol.  Use a cotton swab or a small spatula to stir until smooth,

  3. Now add oil or dimethicone and keep stirring.  Add just enough to make a creamy mixture.
  4. Keep stirring until it starts to separate.  The alcohol will bind with the powders, and the excess alcohol will separate.  It will get lumpy and may even look like curds.

  5. Let sit for a few minutes until the excess alcohol rises to the top.  
  6. Use a tissue to absorb the excess alcohol.

  7. Let sit uncovered for 3-4 hours to dry.  It will look rough, but it will still work very well.


This was the most difficult cream eyeshadow recipe that I tried this week, but it really wan't too hard to make.  It probably took 10-15 minutes from beginning until the time I had to let it sit.

As you can see from the swatch, the coverage is just amazing.  It's silky smooth and feels like a mousse.  I will definitely make this recipe again!

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