Take your DIY make-up game to new heights… to the heavens, even! Elegance meets glamour in Sky-High Lashes, a homemade mascara that you can make in one of three shades.
A word of warning: this DIY project is a bit of a challenge. Mascara is actually an emulsion made with very small quantities, so you need to measure everything very precisely. Alternatively, you can make a large batch and give the extras to your friends and family. It’s up to you! We chose to go with the second option here, because it’s always nice to share with the people we love!
Eyes on the prize and lashes to the skies: homemade mascara, here we come!
How to make mascara
- 2.5 g (5%) white beeswax beads
- 1.5 g (3%) mango butter
- 1 g (2%) extra-virgin coconut oil
- 7.5 g (15%) castor oil
- 3 g (6%) Polawax emulsifying wax
- 6.5 g (13%) black oxide
Add the black oxide directly to the melted oils.
Mix the brown oxide and titanium dioxide in a pigment blender until homogeneous. Next, add the mica powder and mix in a coffee grinder, and then add to the melted oils.
Dark green mascara
Mix the two powders in a coffee grinder, and then add to the melted oils.
- 2 small stainless steel bowls
- A lid to cover one of the stainless steel bowls
- Components to make two double boilers
- 2 small silicone spatulas
- 1 scale, accurate to 0.1 g
- A few pipettes
- A few spoons
- 3 ramekins
- 1 dispensing syringe
- 1 mini-mixer with frothing attachment (the small wheel)
- 1 pigment blender (if making brown mascara)
- 1 coffee grinder (if making brown or green mascara)
- 1 thermometer
- 7 small mascara tubes or 3 large supple mascara tubes
Good to know!
- Castor oil is known for its strengthening properties.
- Quick tip: if you have a mascara tube that you like a lot, you can reuse it! To clean it out properly, just pour some 70% alcohol into the tube and shake well.
- We recommend choosing one of two types of containers, each with a different applicator. The applicator for the small tube lengthens your lashes, while the applicator for the large, supple tube volumizes and curls your lashes.
- Feel free to play with mica if you’d like to add sparkle to your homemade mascara. For example, you can replace the regular mica powder with brushed copper mica in the brown mascara!
- We ran a number of tests in an attempt to make a blue mascara using ultramarine blue. Unfortunately, as soon as the mixture emulsifies, it gives off a sulfurous odour. It won’t harm you, but it’s rather unpleasant! We decided not to offer a recipe for this shade, because even if you add aromatic essences, the smell persists.
Steps to follow
- Prepare and disinfect your equipment and workspace.
- Weigh the oil phase ingredients in a small bowl and melt on the first double boiler.
- Weigh the aqueous phase ingredients in a second small bowl and heat on the second double boiler. Cover the bowl with a lid so the water doesn’t evaporate.
- Weigh the gel phase ingredients in a ramekin. When the aqueous phase reaches about 50°C, add the gel phase ingredients and replace the lid.
- Crush the gum with the small spatula until a gel forms. Mix a little with the mini-mixer if necessary. Put the lid back on the bowl between each mixing.
- Leave the gel on the double boiler until it reaches 60°C.
- Weigh the pigment phase ingredients in a ramekin. Mix if necessary; refer to the instructions in the Ingredients section for your shade. Add the pigments to the melted butters and oils. Using the small spatula, crush any clumps of powder that may have formed. Leave the mixture on the double boiler until it reaches 60°C.
- Weigh the cooling phase ingredients in a ramekin and set aside.
- When the aqueous and oil phases have both reached 60°C, remove them from the heat and pour the oil phase over the aqueous phase while mixing with the mini-mixer.
- When the mixture is homogeneous and the temperature has cooled to below 60°C, add the cooling phase. Mix with the mini-mixer.
- Working quickly, fill the mascara containers using the dispensing syringe.
- Leave the mascara tubes open until the mixture has cooled, then replace the lids. This prevents condensation from forming inside the tube. Condensation would add water to your homemade mascara, which would change its texture and reduce its shelf life.
Use and conservation
Apply to your lashes. Use make-up remover or vegetable oil to take off your DIY mascara.
When made in optimal sanitary conditions, your homemade mascara will keep for up to three months.