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Homemade Mascara Recipe

Applying Mascara ~

If there is one color cosmetic that is my ultimate favorite, must have indulgence then magical mascara is definitely it.

As a Make-Up Artist cosmetics have always intrigued me in their textures and application methods.

The most subtle use of a lip gloss in the right shade not only enhances the skin and features but may have an impact on the wearer’s mood, personality and confidence.

Mascara is another enhancing product that with a mere brush stroke on the lashes will lengthen, thicken, darken or /and define the lashes giving an instant lift and frame to the eyes.


Keep It Simple

coat the upper lashes first and then a light coat on the bottom to avoid spider looking bottom lashes.

coat the upper lashes first and then a light coat on the bottom to avoid spider looking bottom lashes.

Get a Grip Girl ~

I have made color cosmetics including lip gloss, lip balm and crème blush all with great success but have been reluctant to replace my treasured Max Factor mascara every 3 months with a homemade replacement, truth be known.

That is until NOW.

Deciding enough is enough, get a grip girl, get real you can’t afford it, I hit the research trail.

Having a number of DIY beauty solutions under my belt, I know the dangers that are lurking in much of what we use in skin care and makeup products, sadly mascara is bound to be no different.

Formulations for mascara have similar basic elements of wax, color pigment and oils regardless of the brand but unfortunately do contain other ingredients that should ring alarm bells LOUDLY. How did my Max Factor mascara rate?


Antique Mascara Bottle

Scary Fact

Out of 1511 different mascara tested and rated, only 4 received 10 out of 10 in the health rating.

Research, Research ~

Having a very inquisitive nature I wanted to see just how harmful my beloved 2000 Calorie mascara rated so I looked at the list of ingredients.

First off, I was pleasantly surprised to see a reasonably short list of ingredients (11 mentioned) which included beeswax, carnauba wax and rice wax. Not bad sounding right?

As I wanted a comparison I looked up Avon mascara as I have used Avon products through the years regularly. 29 ingredients listed, most unpronounceable.

Next stop was to check out how my mascara rated on the Good Guide as a product and I was relieved somewhat to see it rated highly as “one of the good guys” but still room for improvement.

The Good Guide rates thousands of branded products in three categories, health, environment and society.

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Out of all the Max Factor products listed, my mascara had the highest health rating of 8 out of 10, hence room for improvement.

In their opinion

“This product contains ingredients that raise a low level of health concern”


Magic Wand

like magic your eyelashes appear after a coat of mascara.

like magic your eyelashes appear after a coat of mascara.

Homemade Beauty Makes Sense ~

My guideline or philosophy since my journey began in homemade beauty products has been if I don't know the ingredients or cannot at least pronounce them . . . . FORGET IT.

With so many everyday ingredients in our homes that are beneficial to us, it just requires a change in mindset.

I believe in keeping things simple. Using quality ingredients that work, are versatile (making them cost effective), and cut out chemicals that have known harmful effects.

There are too many toxic ingredients being used in products thanks to loose regulations, particularly in America which I for one find criminal.

This recipe has just 4 ingredients, yes 4. Not 11 or 29. If I can change in mascara you can too, believe me!



organic coconut oil

Aloe Vera



activated charcoal

Black Mascara Recipe ~


2 tsp Coconut Oil

4 tsp Aloe Vera Gel

1 – 2 capsules Activated Charcoal (1/2 tsp)

1 tsp Beeswax (grated)

You Will Need:

1or 2 mascara tubes (if recycling make sure they are completely clean and sterile)

1or 2 mascara wands (same as for tubes)

Small saucepan

Plastic bag




  • Add the coconut oil, beeswax and aloe vera gel to your saucepan and heat very gently on the stove until the beeswax is completely melted.
  • Pierce your activated charcoal capsule (aim for ½ tsp) and add to saucepan.
  • Mix well until combined and turn off heat.
  • Pour or spoon mixture into one corner at the bottom of the plastic bag.
  • In the opposite corner, cut across the corner making a small hole.
  • Fold this corner up and push it into your mascara tube. Make sure to push it down a bit to avoid any mess. Do these parts over a piece of kitchen roll in case of any spillage. An extra pair of hands would be useful to hold the container and the corner down the tube to prevent it moving.
  • Start filling up the mascara tube slowly by pushing the mixture towards and through the hole.
  • When complete, add in your wand and screw tight.
  • One black conditioning, separating and lengthening mascara is ready to go!


  • During very warm weather you may want to keep it in the fridge to prevent it liquefying too much.
  • A disposable non needle type of syringe would be ideal to use to fill up your tube.
  • A small funnel that fits down the neck of the tube works too.
  • For brown mascara – try using powdered walnut hulls, cocoa powder or crushed eyeshadow (quality ones) instead.
  • For colored mascara – if vibrant fashion colors appeal, try the quality eyeshadows crushed up.
  • NEVER allow anyone to use your mascara. It is one cosmetic product that cross infection is highly possible. The eye area is the most sensitive part of the face and deserves some respect and care.

Eye infections are too common and serious to play the Good Samaritan for.

If you do loan it to a friend remember if she has an eye infection and you end up with it, you will be REPLACING ALL your cosmetics and washing ALL your makeup brushes along with a costly visit to the doctor, your choice.

Make Your Own Lash Growth Gel

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My Conclusion ~

This was my initiation into the world of mascara making and I have been delighted at the results.

Is it as black as I would wear? No, probably not but it provides a good black coating for my naturally black eyelashes. Is it waterproof? No panda eyes to report yet! Does it come off easily? I use some olive oil and it works a treat for removing it.

If you are a diehard mascara fan then give this homemade one a try.

Your eyelashes will thank you!

“Creating health awareness through homemade beauty solutions”


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Author Info ~

Information on the author, her bio and full body of works available @ Suzie HQ

Credit to homesteadbound ~

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Homemade Mascara Recipe Comments

Julie Galactique on October 15, 2019:

I used to make this vitaminised mascara years ago because coconut oil is vital for the eyelashes... but now when I'm always busy, I make sure to use only Cherish mascara with vitamin E and other nutritients :)

Jayne Lancer from West London, UK on January 23, 2014:

What an interesting article. I'm very tempted to try your recipe, just for the fun of it.

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on September 23, 2013:

Hi Shauna,

Many thanks for checking this mascara out! It is my must have out of all products and Max Factor always my brand of choice. Quite possibly your reaction and irritations are due to ingredients in mascara. My mum grew very sensitive to certain products so much so she had to forget wearing them. Cheers so much for your thoughts and comments, always delighted to receive!

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on September 23, 2013:

Suzie, I'll have to bookmark this page. I don't wear makeup anymore unless I meet friends at a restaurant or some other event. It seems mascara bothers my eyes, even the hypoallergenic brands. I was never bothered before, but now if I wear mascara my eyes become red and irritated. This would be a great option. I would imagine the lash growth gel would give the appearance of wearing mascara.

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on July 04, 2013:

Hi Riviera Rose,

Thanks for your lovely comment, glad you found it interesting enough to want to try it! Hope you do give it a go! Appreciate your thoughts and input!

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on July 04, 2013:

Hi Vinaya,

Lovely to see you. So your mum makes her own kohl, how cool is that! I am a fan of kohl and have yet to make it! Maybe I could try your mum's "recipe"? Cheers so much for the comment!

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on July 04, 2013:

Hi Janet,

It is so good to know mascara is doable at home for all fans and do give it a try! Appreciate your visit and comment, hop you are having a great week!

Riviera Rose from South of France on July 04, 2013:

The health ratings you mentioned are shocking - we are slowly but surely poisoning ourselves!! I do admire you for all your handmade products, and I'd love to give this one a go. Thanks!

Vinaya Ghimire from Nepal on July 03, 2013:

My mother makes her own kohl. She tried to teach her daughters but they took no interest.Perhaps, they will find this recipe interesting.

Janet Giessl from Georgia country on July 03, 2013:

I have never thought you could make a homemade mascara. With this hub you have persuaded me that it is possible. I will definitely try this out as soon as I have time. Thank you for sharing such a wonderful idea.

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on July 02, 2013:

Hi Sue,

Delighted you enjoyed, maybe mascara will be on your to do list in the near future! Go on, give it a go!! LOL Appreciate your thoughts and comment always!

Susan Bailey from South Yorkshire, UK on July 02, 2013:

Pinned and shared Suzie. This is marvellous. Never gave home-made mascara a thought until now that is!

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on July 01, 2013:

Hi Phoenix,

No worries, I get blank spots too thinking where to look for things. Just from going into different type stores i am always on the look out for what they stock that may be useful in ingredients, containers etc . . . Craft stores are also very useful, superdrug have small travel size stuff plus applicators and the hair and beauty suppliers are great for bowls and brushes for face masks or for using in other ways.

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on July 01, 2013:

Hi Heidi,

I agree that more info would be useful on what exactly was of low concern or high when mentioned. What is interesting I find is the fact there are numbers of commercial brands in all product categories that advertise to be natural or organic when it is not true. Natural is a word that needs to be used cautiously. Glad to hear you enjoyed this and hopefully you will give it a go in the future! Appreciate your comments and continued interest!

Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon from United Kingdom on July 01, 2013:

Thank you, Suzie. That's so obvious. Don't know why I didn't think of it myself. :)

Heidi Thorne from Chicago Area on July 01, 2013:

This is probably a little ambitious for me at the moment, but glad to know it's possible (and, of course, where to find the recipe!). I've been using Physician's Formula Organic Mascara for a few years. It gets an 8 on Good Guide for product, but dismal ratings for environment and society (but no explanation available). Awesome stuff as always!

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on July 01, 2013:

Hi Phoenix,

Thanks for commenting. The wands and tubes to buy are available on amazon and ebay for sure. They should be available in beauty supplier stores or even boots and pharmacies. I have seen packs of wands definitely there. Recycle old ones by cleaning thoroughly if you have them. Hope this helps!

Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon from United Kingdom on July 01, 2013:

This is the first time I've ever run across a recipe for mascara. I'm intrigued. But where would you find mascara tubes and wands?

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on June 30, 2013:

Hi Kathryn,

Many thanks for the interest in mascara. Appreciate you dropping in and hope your weekend is going well for you!

Kathryn from Windsor, Connecticut on June 29, 2013:

Sounds like an interesting idea! When I run out of my existing bottle of mascara, I will give this a try. Thanks for sharing this with us, and have a wonderful weekend!

~ Kathryn

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on June 29, 2013:

Hi Rose,

Glad this has intrigued you and maybe you will experiment sometime! Thanks Rose, good to see the idea is making you curious!

Rose Clearfield from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on June 29, 2013:

So awesome, Suzie! I never would have even considered the idea of making my own mascara, but I'm intrigued now.

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on June 29, 2013:

Hi Ceres,

Thanks for dropping by. Hopefully you found the idea appealing to try in the future, greatly appreciate your comment and for the interest.

Ceres Schwarz on June 29, 2013:

Interesting hub. I've also never heard of making homemade mascara before. This hub was very detailed and contained a lot of information on more than just the homemade mascara recipe.

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on June 29, 2013:

Hi jabelufiroz,

Cheers for your interest and vote up! Much appreciated :-)

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on June 29, 2013:

Hi Vacation Trip,

Appreciate your comment. A fellow mascara fan, hopefully you will give it a try to do remember keeping it in the fridge if very hot were you live. Thanks for the thumbs up!

Firoz from India on June 29, 2013:

Super Mascara Recipe. Voted up.

Susan from India on June 28, 2013:

Great hub. I am very fond of putting mascara and thanks to you Suzie for sharing this interesting and useful hub. Now I can make my own mascara. Voted up and useful.

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on June 28, 2013:

Hi Abby,

I was intrigued too so decided to give it a go as I do love my mascara above all color cosmetics. The beeswax is important to give it "body" and the beauty is beeswax has tons of benefits and uses in other products. An eyelash curler if you don't have already , is brilliant for getting the curl in lashes. have fun and hope you give it a go sometime! Appreciate your interest!

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on June 28, 2013:

Hi epbooks,

Appreciate your interest here! The charcoal should be easily found in a health food store or a good online source is who have thousands of products at reduced prices. The activated charcoal is approximately $7 for 100 capsules. Hope you get a chance to try it out!

Dr Abby Campbell from Charlotte, North Carolina on June 28, 2013:

Suzie, I have to say I have never ever heard of making homemade mascara. This is a very interesting and impressive article. I have all the ingredients except beeswax. I'll now have to get some just to try this out. I often use waterproof mascara because it tends to keep my lashes curled. I wonder how well it washes off... hmmm. In any event, it sounds good enough to eat! LOL.

Elizabeth Parker from Las Vegas, NV on June 28, 2013:

I love this hub. One question of mine is where do you buy the activated charcoal? I may try it one of these days.

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on June 28, 2013:

Hi Bill,

OMG, thank you my friend yes I had left a word out of my tagline!!! Not good- What eagle eyes you have thank you!

Your kind words have touched me greatly Bill. Mickster will tell you I don't take compliments easily as still feel I am finding my way in writing and tend to be hard on myself. I do feel passionate about helping others through these recipes and truly appreciate every comment and link received. I have the determination to make it a career with different paths to travel so I thank you again my yoda and teacher for being a guiding light. Have a great weekend with the lovely Bev!

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on June 28, 2013:

Did you change your tagline? I don't remember it being worded so before. Oh well, memory and all that.

I have nothing to say about mascara. :0

I do have a lot to say about you. You are the poster girl of everything I have been trying to teach other writers. You have a great, personable voice when you write; you have established yourself as an expert in this niche; and the good vibes are just beginning for you. I predict big things for you, Suzie, and it couldn't happen to a nicer person.

Have a great weekend with the Mickster.


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