DIY: Activated Charcoal Eyeliner

If you've read some of my previous blog posts, I've talked about my severe gluten allergy and how it can affect my every day life. Mealtimes can be a constant label reading nightmare, and it's very important I know everything going into my body. Thinking about this habit of mine, why don't I ever try it in my beauty routine? Thinking about all the ingredients that go into our skin and hair products--what are they? Why can't I pronounce half of this stuff? I wanted to try to implement this philosophy into more parts of my life.

Here's my activated charcoal eyeliner DIY!

I've been a fan of activated charcoal for a while now, and I'm convinced it's magical. I take the capsules when I have an accidental gluten poisoning, and they cut my recovery time in half by absorbing all the nasty toxins.

Here's the steps I followed to turn it into a paste:

1. Cut the capsule and pour the powder into a (preferred) glass jar. 2. Separate a small portion of the powder into it's own small dish or wherever you want to mix. 3. Add 1-2 drops of water and mix into the paste.

I tried using it as an eyeliner, and it didn't work out the greatest because the line was thicker than I'd like, but I think with different charcoal or a better brush it would have turned out better. You can also use it as an eyeshadow, and I really love the pigment and color!

Make sure to use a thin angled brush to apply!

I also sprayed a little bit of makeup setting spray on my brush before applying the top swatch, you can see that made the pigment much darker. Keep in mind, the powder I currently use is grey. I prefer this to black, but if you wanted you could try black!

A few people have asked me since my last charcoal post where I purchase my charcoal, I try to buy it in bulk from Amazon. I have trouble finding it in stores, but Whole Foods seems to stock it.

I strongly encourage giving it a try, a bottle is only a few dollars and goes a long way for lots of different uses. This product is natural, versatile, and has changed my life!

I enjoyed playing with natural makeup, stay tuned for more DIYs in the future!