DIY Mascara At Home

Written by Esha Saxena

If you were trapped on a deserted island and could carry only one makeup product, what would you pick? For many of us, mascara is that one holy staple. You see, long lashes are eternally flattering and can never go out of fashion. This magical product instantly transforms your eyes and makes them look bigger and brighter – just like Bambi! There’s something wonderful about homemade beauty products. After all, who wouldn’t love a mascara that’s au naturel and eye-friendly? It is simple and inexpensive to create your own mascara at home. Read on to find the best DIY mascara recipes.

How To Make Mascara At Home

Follow these simple recipes and directions to create the mascara of your choice. Remember, store your DIY mascara for not more than four weeks. Dispose of it if it smells pungent.

  • DIY Clear Mascara

Clear mascara is just perfect for those “no makeup” makeup days. When used right, it can add a whole lot of oomph to your lower lash line. Besides, some days, we are all in need of a guaranteed, no-smudge finish. This recipe is good for your lashes and will prevent lash fallout and breakage.

What You Need
  • Clean mascara wand
  • A plastic jar or container
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1/3 tablespoon aloe vera gel
  • 1/3 tablespoon beeswax (grated)
  • 1 tablespoon almond oil
  • A candle
  • A metal spoon


How To Prepare – Step By Step Tutorial

Step 1: Pour the almond oil, coconut oil, and aloe vera gel into the container and mix the ingredients well.

Step 2: Place the grated beeswax on a metal spoon and hold it above the candle flame until it melts.

Step 3: Pour and mix the melted beeswax into the container.

Step 4: Wait for a few minutes for the mixture to cool down and dry.

Voila! Your DIY clear mascara is ready to use!

How To Apply

You can use this clear mascara on its own to define your lashes or over your regular black mascara as it adds a beautiful shine to your lashes and makes the mascara last longer. This recipe can also be used as a lash enhancing serum. Apply it before going to bed for naturally long and luscious lashes.

  • DIY Waterproof Mascara

If you want to make your own waterproof mascara, the trick is to add a tad bit more beeswax as this ingredient gives more of a “hold” to your mascara.

What You Need
  • 2 teaspoons coconut oil
  • 4 teaspoons aloe vera gel
  • 1 teaspoon beeswax (grated)
  • 1-2 capsules of activated charcoal (for black mascara) or cocoa powder (brown mascara)
  • Small plastic bag
  • Clean mascara tube


How To Prepare – Step By Step Tutorial

Step 1: Mix the coconut oil, aloe vera gel, and grated beeswax in a saucepan over low heat. Stir the ingredients together until they melt completely.

Step 2: Empty 1-2 capsules of activated charcoal powder or add cocoa powder to this mixture. Stir the powder well until it blends with the other ingredients.

Step 3: Remove the saucepan from the heat and wait for the ingredients to cool down.

Step 4: Now here comes the tricky part – transferring the mascara into your mascara tube! To do this, simply use a small plastic bag to create a funnel and transfer the mascara into your tube.

Step 5: Make sure you secure the cap on tightly to prevent your homemade mascara from drying out.

How To Apply

Apply this DIY waterproof mascara just the way you would use any other mascara. Make sure the wand is evenly coated with the formula before applying two to three coats of it. It is essential to layer it on by allowing each coat to dry (not entirely) before going in with a second coat.

  • DIY Mascara With Vaseline

We all know that Vaseline (or petroleum jelly) does wonders for your lashes. It not only makes them naturally long and thick, but it also works as a natural mascara. If you’re keen on making a mascara that nourishes your eyelashes, this is the way to go.

Pro Tip: Use Vaseline on your lashes before you curl them as it also works as a primer.

What You Need
  • A dollop of Vaseline petroleum jelly
  • Crushed mineral eyeshadow in black or brown
  • Aloe vera gel
  • A mascara tube or container

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How To Prepare – Step By Step Tutorial

Step 1: In a clean glass bowl, add a dollop of petroleum jelly and a tablespoon of aloe vera gel.

Step 2: Sprinkle some crushed mineral eyeshadow into the bowl and mix the ingredients together with a plastic spoon.

Step 3: Increase the intensity of color if you wish to by adding more mineral eyeshadow.

Step 4: Store this mixture in a mascara tube or a clean container.

Step 5: Apply it using a clean mascara wand, and you’re all set with your DIY Vaseline mascara!

Disclaimer: We do not recommend using this formula if you are allergic to petroleum jelly or wear contact lenses.

  • Homemade Mascara Without Beeswax

This recipe is perfect for you vegan lot. It’s made without beeswax and is very simple to prepare.

What You Need
  • 2 tablespoons aloe vera gel
  • Distilled water
  • A few drops of Vitamin E oil

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How To Prepare – Step By Step Tutorial

Step 1: Mix the aloe vera gel with a few spoons of distilled water and 2-3 drops of vitamin E oil in a saucepan over low heat.

Step 2: Once the ingredients blend together, remove the formula from heat.

Step 3: Transfer the mascara to a sterilized container or a mascara tube.

Pro Tip: You can add a color pigment of your choice to this recipe if you want a colored mascara like blue, purple, or brown. A pinch of white clay also helps make this DIY mascara dry faster.

  • Homemade Mascara Without Aloe Vera

For those of you who aren’t fans of aloe vera in your mascara, we have another cool recipe that does not include it. This works like a charm and only takes three ingredients that you can easily find in your kitchen cabinet.

What You Need
  • 1 tablespoon craft coconut oil
  • 1/8 teaspoon beeswax
  • 1 capsule activated charcoal
  • A clean container or mascara tube

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How To Prepare – Step By Step Tutorial

Step 1: In a double boiler, melt your coconut oil and beeswax together. Stir well until the two ingredients blend together.

Step 2: Pour the activated charcoal into a small bowl and add half a teaspoon of coconut oil to it. Mix well.

Step 3: Stir this charcoal mixture into the heated coconut oil and beeswax mixture.

Step 4: Once it reaches a thick consistency, allow it to cool and transfer the mascara to a clean container.

Step 5: Dip your mascara wand into the formula and apply a thin coat. Layer it on as you go until you achieve your desired finish.

Ladies, making your own mascara is a great way to steer clear of all the harmful chemicals and toxins that are found in store-bought mascaras. It is also beneficial to maintain the overall health of your lashes as the wholesome ingredients you use from your kitchen cabinet will help promote hair growth.

That was our round-up of the best DIY mascara recipes. We hope this article enables you to create your very own personalized mascara that suits your eyes. If you have any go-to recipes, share them with us in the comments section below.

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Esha Saxena is a writer, journalist, and a full-time wallflower. She holds a Master’s degree in Media and Mass Communication and firmly believes that makeup is nothing less than art. Combining her love for writing with her passion for makeup, she brings to you reviews, techniques, and her ever-growing knowledge on this form of art. In her spare time, she loves reading, listening to obscure indie bands, and writing poetry – all of this while being a crazy dog lady.