Two Homemade Eye Shadow Recipes to Try

DIY natural eyeshadow recipes are simple and economical to make. Making your own cosmetics allows you to still look your very best without exposing your body to artificial dyes, pigments, and chemical compounds.

Just a few of the potentially harmful ingredients found in commercially manufactured eyeshadow include formaldehyde parabens, titanium dioxide, yellow carnauba wax, benzalkonium chloride, aluminum powder, and various heavy metals.

two shades of homemade eye shadow in glass jars
two shades of homemade eye shadow in glass jars

DIY natural eyeshadow will provide the same vibrant colors and long-lasting coverage as store-bought makeup for a fraction of the cost, and without leaving any possibly harmful residue on your face.

According to researchers behind the Safe Cosmetics campaign, it is essential to know what goes into the possibly under-regulated make-up industry because some of the common ingredients in eyeshadow, foundation, etc. could cause side-effects.

Eyeshadow Ingredients

The ingredients noted in the base natural eyeshadow recipes are typically inexpensive and easy to find. You may substitute various oils and butters in nearly all natural makeup recipes to make use of what you already have on hand, know works well with your skin type and tone, or is easy to find in your area.

When substituting ingredients in not just these natural eyeshadow recipes but in general when making your own cosmetics, using an alternative item that has a similar consistency is essential.

Always consider the difference fluctuations in heat will have on substitute ingredients as well as their original state when kept at room temperature.

Oils and Butters Substitution Guide

Soft OilsLiquid OilsSolid Oils – Butters
Grapeseed OilSweet Almond OilCocoa Butter
Olive OilShea ButterIllipe Butter
Safflower OilCoconut OilTucuma Butter
Argan OilMango ButterKokum Butter
Canola OilCupuacu Butter

The absorption rate of the oils or butters used will also have an impact on how well the natural cosmetic will spread, how good it looks, and how long it will last. The user’s skin texture (oily, flaky, normal, or dry) will also play a role in the appearance any oil or butter has when used in a natural makeup recipe.

Drying oils tend to leave you skin feeling extremely soft and without a greasy look or feel to the touch. Slow absorbing or heavy oils take a long them to dry and will remain tacky as well as glossy, and act a bit like tape to anything that touches the skin during drying process.

jar of cocoa butter next to wooden mortar  and pestle
jar of cocoa butter next to wooden mortar and pestle

These types of oils are best used only in DIY lip gloss or lipstick recipes…

Fast Absorbing Oils and Butters:

  • Grapeseed Oil
  • Rosehip Oil
  • Safflower Oil
  • Canola Oil
  • Mango Butter
  • Macadamia Nut Oil

Slow Absorbing Oils and Butters:

  • Shea Butter
  • Castor Oil
  • Flaxseed Oil
  • Avocado Oil

Average Absorbing Oils:

  • Cocoa Butter
  • Olive Oil
  • Jojoba Oil
  • Coconut Oil
  • Argan Oil
  • Sweet Almond Oil
  • Sunflower Oil

DIY Natural Eyeshadow Recipe #1


  • ¼ to ½ teaspoon cornstarch arrowroot powder
  • ¼ teaspoon coconut oil, shea butter, or cocoa butter
  • Color Ingredients (see the table below this recipe)


  • Place the cornstarch or arrowroot powder in a bowl or use a mortar and pestle. The more of either ingredient you use will create a lighter shade when mixing with a color ingredient.
  • Add in 1 pinch of your chosen color ingredient, and mix together thoroughly.
  • Test the color on your arm to see if you like the shade. If it is too light, add in slightly more of the color ingredient. Remember, you can always add more but you cannot sift out the color once it has been combined with a binding agent.
  • Stir in the coconut oil or shea butter. This will make the DIY natural eyeshadow creamy and easy to spread.
  • Test the eyeshadow on your arm to make sure it spreads well without being either clumpy or runny. The natural makeup should still have a primarily a powder like consistency.


Shea butter boost collagen production and helps to repair damaged skin. Coconut oil helps repair damaged skin, and boasts a plethora of healing properties.
eye shadow ingredients

DIY Natural Eyeshadow Recipe #2


  • ½ teaspoon bentonite clay
  • ½ teaspoon either cornstarch or arrowroot powder
  • 1 to 2 drops sweet almond oil, aloe vera juice, or jojoba oil
  • 1 pinch color ingredients of your choice from the list above


  • Combine the bentonite clay and the cornstarch or arrowroot powder in a bowl or use a mortar and pestle.
  • Stir in your chosen color ingredients.
  • Test the shade on your arm and add more coloring ingredients if necessary.
  • Add in up to to rops of your chosen carrier oil. The consistency of the DIY natural eyeshadow should be soft and stick together slightly but will no longer have a dusty powder texture.

Here’s the list of color ingredients you should add for both recipes above:

BrownNutmeg, Cinnamon, Cocoa Powder, Allspice
GoldTurmeric and Mica Powder
MauveTurmeric and Allspice
RedRed Clay
PinkBeet Powder
BlackActivated Charcoal
GreenGreen Clay, Spirulina
OrangeSaffron and Beetroot juice, Turmeric
ShimmerTo create some shimmer and glow to any color of natural DIY eyeshadow, add a pinch of gold mica powder.

Storage and Shelf Life

Store the eye shadow in an airtight container until ready to use. It should have a shelf life of many months – unless you used coconut oil and the natural makeup is allowed to get so hot the oil liquifies.

If this does happen, it does not necessarily mean the DIY eyeshadow is ruined. Once the coconut oil cools back down to room temperature, it should once again be in a usable state.


Apply the natural eyeshadow to a clean face, and spread it evenly onto the eyelids to avoid clumping. You can use your finger, a Q-Tip, or a standard eyeshadow cosmetic brush to apply.

How well these DIY natural eyeshadow recipes work for you will depend on your skin type and the environment in which it is both applied and worn. I love using coconut oil when making natural cosmetics, but in a warm climate or during the summer time, it can have a tendency to run.

Once you try out both of these eyeshadow recipes, you might decide to intermingle the base ingredients, as I have, and enjoy the results of using Bentonite clay, cornstarch, coconut oil, and sweet almond oil as a base to make the eyeshadow more creamy and long-lasting.

Play around with these recipes and natural coloring options until you find what works well and keeps you both looking and feeling your best… without slathering artificial ingredients onto your face.

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