Mascara is the one cosmetic I wear on a daily basis, and the one item in my regular beauty routine that, up until now, I have still been purchasing ready-made (as opposed to making it in my kitchen). You see, I’ve tried to make my own mascara in the past (oh, have I tried), but all of the recipes called for coconut oil. While this may work outdoors in the wintertime (burr), since coconut oil has a melting point of 76°F, it was constantly smudging all over my face! I love the ingenuity of these DIYs but they were just not working out for me.
So I gave up. Until the other week when I had parked myself in the park during my lunch break for just a little bit too long, and got a slight sunburn on my shoulders. That night, I put on the DIY all-natural Blackhead Busting Blackout Mask and rubbed some aloe on my shoulders as I let the mask sink in. I caught a glimpse of myself in the mirror and then it hit me, just like the apple to Newton’s head (OK OK, maybe not quite so historically significant, but you get the gist): I could potentially combine all of these ingredients for a great DIY mascara – aloe gel for the base, activated charcoal for the pigment, and bentonite clay to keep the mascara from smudging.
So I did. And it worked!
- 2 teaspoons of pure aloe vera gel. (Click here to purchase pure aloe vera gel.)
- 10 capsules of activated charcoal opened and emptied. To open the capsules, simply twist the two halves and gently pull them apart. (Click here to purchase activated charcoal.)
- A smidgen (less than 1/4 of a teaspoon) of bentonite clay or cosmetic clay. This helps the mascara dry after applied to the lashes, which, as previously mentioned, is my issue with other DIY mascaras. (Click here to purchase bentonite clay.)
- Empty mascara tube. (Click here to purchase an empty mascara tube).
*Makes 1 tube of mascara
Mix all of the ingredients together until smooth and consistent.
To fill the tube, use an oral syringe (these can be purchased at the drugstore for a few dollars and will make the process significantly more simple). Fill the syringe, then transfer the mixture into the mascara tube by pushing the plunger. Wipe off any excess mixture.
That’s it! Easy-peasy as always.
Unlike the coconut oil DIY mascaras, this mascara dries on the lashes and so does not smudge. I was concerned that it may flake throughout the day, but it stays put!
In the picture above, I curled my lashes before applying the mascara (I’ve had this eyelash curler for years and it still works wonderfully), and applied about three coats, allowing each coat to dry for about a minute before adding another. Definitely have an eyelash comb or clean, old mascara wand on hand to brush out any clumps (there will be clumps, but they are easily brushed through).
Be sure to keep the lid on tight as the mixture will dry out if left open. As with store-bought mascara, discard the mascara after three months of use.