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5 Natural Handmade Eye Shadows…Plus, How to Make Your Own!

If you’re worried about exactly what goes into the beauty products you’re buying at your local drugstore, or if you’ve got special allergies or skin issues, DIY-ing your own items is an awesome option. This week, we’re covering one of our favorite types of makeup: eye shadow!

Colorful powder is a great way to make your eyes pop and accentuate the shades that you’re wearing. Because eye shadow goes on such a sensitive area of your skin, it’s nice to know exactly what you’re putting on there. Check out our favorite DIY recipe for natural shadow below, and then read on for five of our favorite handmade picks!



  • Activated charcoal capsules (available at drugstores)
  • A small glass jar with a tight lid
  • Eye shadow brush, preferably with one thin end for liner and one rounded end for smoky effects

Step one: Open up a charcoal capsule and pour into the small glass jar. Open up another one, and another and another, until you fill your jar about halfway. Store extra charcoal caps.

Step two: Just open the jar, flip the cap upside down and dab up some charcoal from the lid. Try mixing with a bit of water to paint on as a liner, but you can get a nice liner effect without water by using a thin brush.

Step three: You can also try powdered spirulina for a green shadow and powdered mica for shimmer. Mix them for different effects. (Source: yumuniverse.com)



Moondust (aka nude/taupe/champagne) mica pigment (Glamatronic, $8)



All-natural peachy orange color in a 5 g jar. This artist puts a lot of helpful info in her listings; click on her store name to learn more. (Novaire Cosmetics, $5)



Navy blue with soft matte finish (KeepingitNatural, $4.50)




Chocolate mineral shadow in sample size (D&E Handmade Cosmetics, $1)


Ready to go all in on a set? We’re loving this four-piece from Beneficial Minerals Co. ($19), which includes:

Salted Caramel – a light golden-bronze shimmer eyeshadow
Wildfire – a stunning burnt rose shimmer eye shadow
Harvest Moon – a brilliant coral pink shimmer eye shadow
Warm Espresso – a deep black-brown shimmer eye shadow

Girls, have you ever tried to make your own eye shadow? If not, will you try it now? Tell us your thoughts in the comments below!

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  1. IDgirl

    Posted by IDgirl on November 12, 2013 at 18:12

    I love this idea especially because I hate putting stuff full of chemicals on my skin. I need to try some of these.

  2. Musician4Life

    Posted by Musician4Life on October 28, 2013 at 17:41

    I think this post was made for me! I love eye makeup 😀 do you think you could make a post about DIY eyeliner too?

  3. rosiegirl

    Posted by rosiegirl on October 28, 2013 at 15:42

    Charcoal? Really? That can easily irritate your eyes.

  4. Project Inspired

    Posted by on October 28, 2013 at 06:53

    That Moon Dust eye shadow is super pretty!