DIY Mascara: Do or Don’t
Last night, while using a DIY mask I heard about from Michelle Chan, I started to wonder what other beauty treatments I could do at home. I started perusing my favorite beauty blogs and came across a few on how to make your own mascara. I knew I had to try this one out.
I understand that you may be confused about why someone would want to do this themselves, especially because there are so many brands/types/formulas of mascaras on the market currently. Although it might take trial and error to find a mascara that does everything you want it to do, most women have a favorite–and once they find it, they’ll very rarely sway.
Either way, many people are seriously allergic to mascara (my grandma can’t wear even the most sensitive formulas without her eyes swelling up like she had a serious case of pink-eye); so when I came across this recipe, I had to try it.
Whip up your own formula with these simple ingredients:
An old tube of mascara that you don’t use anymore
Activated charcoal capsules
A cup to mix ingredients in
First, clean off your mascara wand. Take your old mascara and wash off the wand in hot water. If it’s hard to clean off completely, use cold cream on the wand, and that will get it extra clean.
Next, open the charcoal capsule and dump it into your glass.
Once you’re done, mix in an equal amount of the beeswax and coconut oil (a bit more than 1/8 teaspoon).
Now, dip the wand in the mascara mixture and coat it completely. Apply to eyes and fan for a few seconds to get them to dry more quickly.
I tried it, and it actually works! It obviously didn’t give me the volume and length that my beloved Dior Show does, but it worked. It was also much easier to remove than most of the mascaras I have used in the past (not to mention, this would save us makeup-junkies a pretty penny).
The final test though is to see if it really is sensitive enough for you allergy-prone ladies. Let me know if you try it and it works!