DIY : 100% Natural Gel Eyeliner (Waterproof)

I’ve been pretty quiet these few weeks as I’ve been ramping up basic materials to get me going with my homemade ideas. It doesn’t seem like it but I love making diy products : they’re inexpensive, natural and the best thing of all – they’re cruelty free! I started a few weeks ago making aromatherapy oil mixes and ointments and decided maybe it’s time to take it a notch up higher.

I’ve used Maybelline’s EyeStudio Long Lasting Gel Eyeliner for as long as I can remember. I just love it and I haven’t used anything that’s comparable. I’m a cats-eye kind of girl, and I don’t leave home without my eyes made up. But for asmuch as I’d want to use the gel, I decided, okay, it’s time to move on. As I started changing products a year ago, I’m no longer comfortable using those that aren’t cruelty-free. Mostly these are the commercialized brands whose ingredients are just not readable (too many chemicals -ates and the like). And seriously, have you seen how they test the makeups on animals? It’s really heartbreaking. Anyway, a few weeks ago, I was trying to look for a vegan gel eyeliner online to replace my current one. Since those products aren’t typically sold here in the Philippines, I really had to find one. Hahm, lo and behold, the prices were just too much for me (shipping fee and all)!

So it all boiled down to – Oh, what better thing to do but to make one!

This recipe of mine is 100% natural and waterproof. I had to research a lot prior to making it because I wanted to make an afforable, long lasting and a safe product. The shelf life would be six months and it would be best to have this stored in room temperature (not under the sun!)



1/2 tsp Castor Oil

1/8 tsp Vitamin E Oil

1/2 tsp Activated Charcoal

1/2 tsp Candelilla Wax

1/8 tsp Shea Butter

4 drops Lavender Essential Oil

5g, Plastic Cream Jar


Medicine glass droppers and small glass bowls



Tip: Before starting, it would be best to have a cover on your table (and your hands) Activated charcoal with oil can stick and stain into your nails too! Pretty easy to remove though, use oil or a makeup remover on cotton to remove the stains. Just don’t get them on your clothes!

In the small cream jar, pour in the Castor Oil, Vitamin E oil and the Activated Charcoal. Mix it well using a toothpick until there are just bits of the charcoal evident. Add in drops of the Lavender essential oil.

Tip: Collect the Castor and Vitamin E oils using different glass droppers. Using a single dropper may contaminate the other product.

On a small glass, mix in the Shea Butter and the Candelilla Wax. Place them inside the microwave with a medium-high heat for about 1-2 minutes.

Tip: Make sure you watch them melt. Candelilla wax hardens fast so you might get a hardened one by the time you transfer it to the small jar. You can also opt to use a double-boiler to melt the wax.

Mix the wax-butter into the small jar.

Tip: Since the wax hardens pretty quick, you can also opt to pour in the charcoal-oil mix into the melted wax-butter on the small glass. Heat it again if it hardens and pour it into the small jar.

To test, I ran it under the faucet and it didn’t smudge at all. I also dipped it in a basin of water for about half a minute and the application is as strong as I first applied it


Unfortunately, it’s not as thick as how I’d expect it to be unlike normal eyeliner products. I need a few strokes in before I get a strong black color but it works and I love it. I can control the color and can put in a lighter or a stronger streak.



Of course, I’d have to compare both (Left) my homemade eyeliner and (Right) Maybelline’s Gel Eyeliner. (Pardon the messy eyebrows, I haven’t groomed them yet). Quick to remove too, just use a makeup remover or oil (I love Jojoba) with cotton and gently wipe it off your eyes.

It takes a few minutes to mix these all up. It’s messy but quick and it’s really fun to make!

What I love about this recipe is that they’re not only homemade, natural and waterproof, but they also promote hair growth and thickness. Castor, Vitamin E oils as well as Lavender Essential Oil are all known to promote hair growth. My homemade eyelash serum has lengthened my eyelashes over time and yes, these were key ingredients.

I love it and I don’t think I’ll ever go back to using eyeliners that aren’t homegrown. I’m pretty sure I’ll be updating this from time to time so I can log in details of the product over a few weeks or months.

I want to hear your DIY stories. Tell me all about them!


Love and light,


Photos were taken by the author.

26 thoughts on “DIY : 100% Natural Gel Eyeliner (Waterproof)

  1. Thank you for the inspiration, I just whipped up a batch! It’s shiny and not smudging! I have tried similar recipes before, using just coconut oil and activated charcoal. The results were smudgy, but it had a beautiful color. When I modified the recipe and added beeswax it became too thick to use as a eyeliner, but made a great mascara. This time I used equal parts activated charcoal and Egyptian magic (olive oil + honey, beeswax etc) about 1/2 tsp each. Just gently melted together. Very happy with the result!

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    1. Oh this is just lovely! Thank you for your response. I think it also depends on the actual brands of ingredients used and how they were manufactured. But thanks for sharing! I will definitely try that adjustment you made as well! 🙂


  2. Hi, are you sure the measurements you’ve written are right? I’m just making this, so far so good apart from it only makes a minute amount, like a teeny tiny bit, so just wanted to double check the quantities you’ve put.


    1. Yeah the measurements are about correct for a 5g plastic jar. How minute was it? I made sure my measurements were a little too so I can also whip a small, fresh batch each time. Do let me know 🙂


  3. Just mixed it, I use bees wax instead of candellila wax, and jojoba oil instead of castor oil. I’ll tell you what I think as soon as I tried it, but it looks awesome. Thank you for the recipe ! 😉
    Just a suggestion : pour the essential oil at the end, when heating is no longer needed (but the mixture is still warm enough to mix) 😉 It’s better for the essential oils 🙂

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  4. Basically you separate the charcoal from the oil, leaving behind the darkened oil? Can I use a coffee filter or cheese cloth for this step?


    1. Hello Paula I’m not sure what you meant by that. What I did was I mixed the charcoal and didn’t extract it using any filter. Do let me know what confused you. Thank you!


  5. Hi there, I just made 2 batches of this eyeliner for myself and my Mom. Well it came out too thick and it wouldn’t dry. It got all over my eyelids. Thank God, I was testing it out and didn’t go out in public. lol lol. How can I make this thinner? So it will dry and be waterproof? Thank you


    1. Hello Yolanda, correct – always test before going out in public! I did that several times as well. As commented by from Jamie Yettaw — This time I used equal parts activated charcoal and Egyptian magic (olive oil + honey, beeswax etc) about 1/2 tsp each. Just gently melted together.

      I hope this helps! Jamie, you rock 🙂


  6. I’m not sure if my first message went through. I just made 2 batches of this eyeliner, one for my and one for my Mom. Well, it’s too thick. I tried putting it on to test it and it smeared all on top of my eyelids. How can I make this thinner and dry faster?? Thank you


    1. Hello, I’m sorry you had to go through that. I couldnt find your previous message. I’m sorry I was away for a while as well. You may substitute it with this (from Jamie Yettaw) — This time I used equal parts activated charcoal and Egyptian magic (olive oil + honey, beeswax etc) about 1/2 tsp each. Just gently melted together.

      I hope this helps!


      1. Hi Candy, What is Egyptian magic? 1/2 tsp or olive oil 1/2 tsp honey 1/2 tsp . So then you add 1 1/2 tsp Activated charcoal? Sorry I got confused.


      2. Egyptian magic cream is a mixture of olive oil, beeswax pellets, raw honey, bee propolis, royal jelly, bee pollen (all of which are unavailable where I live and also comes from bees so I doubt I will try it) about 1/2 tsp each and then you add the activated charcoal as 1/2 tsp as well. Hope that’s clear 🙂


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