If you’re looking for an affordable yet effective eyeshadow, you should certainly consider making your own. DIY eyeshadow can save you a ton of money, which is definitely a plus. Besides that, you won’t have to deal with the issue of harsh chemicals having a negative effect on your skin.
Powder and Butter
For the base you’ll need the following ingredients:
- Arrowroot Powder
- Shea Butter
You should also have a combination of the following:
- Cocoa powder
- Beet powder (dried)
The first step is to put ¼ to ½ teaspoon Arrowroot Powder into a small bowl. The more you add, the lighter it will be, and the more subtle your homemade eye shadow’s hue will be. You could always add more later, but it’s better to start out with a smaller amount.
Then it’s time to add in the other spices and powders. Then mix them completely until you end up with the particular color you want. You can do some experimenting until you get the one you want.
Then add ¼ to ½ teaspoon Shea butter. Use a spoon’s (small) back to “cream” the butter with the powder on the bowl’s side until you end up with a creamy and soft powder. However, it will still mostly appear like a powder. The Shea butter will help the DIY eye shadow to stay on your eyelids and also provide more moisture.
Instead of arrowroot, you could use cornstarch instead. However, it’s probably better to use arrowroot because it’s stronger as well as a lighter powder. It also tends to result in less irritation. You could also use tapioca. However, when doing your experimentation it’s important to be cautious so you don’t use a bad combination.
The Power of Powder
This recipe includes multiple powders, but provides 1 great eye shadow. You’ll need:
- ¼ teaspoon arrowroot powder
- 1/8 teaspoon magnesium stearate
- 1/16 to ¼ teaspoon pearlescent mica powder (eye approved)
- 2-4 drops of jojoba
Al of these ingredients will create about ½ teaspoon of eye shadow (powdered). That’s enough to do some experimentation with. You could also double/triple the recipe in order to fill up the containers you want to use. However, keep in mind it’s tougher to totally blend powder that’s fine, to get out the tiny lumps out of white powder in the case you double or triple the recipe. If you want to quadruple the DIY eye shadow batch, you should make 2 separate double batches, then add them. So technical you’re making a double double batch.
There are a few issues to consider. Oil is added to bind the various powders and to help them cover your skin better. Meanwhile, the oil prevents the powders from becoming too “dusty.” When powders are loose but don’t have oil they can result in dust bits entering the eyes, which could cause irritation. That’ definitely a situation you want to avoid.
You also might be wondering while jojoba was selected for the recipe. There are a few reasons. It has a long shelf life and also provides a high e nutritional value. You could use other oils in this recipe but it’s important to consider the various properties of each oil. There are other lipids you could also choose that have steady shelf lives. They include meadowfoam, coconut, and watermelon seed oil.
There are just some of the many DIY eye shadow recipes you can use. They can provide great results, while keeping your eyelids safe and healthy. Besides that, the ingredients are easy to secure, and you might even have many of them in your home already. That’s another plus when making these DIY eyeshadow recipes.