With the existence of ingredients that can cause issues ranging from clogged pores to hormonal imbalance, it’s important to keep a wary eye on the contents of anything you put on your skin. But caring for your skin doesn’t have to mean going without makeup! Starting with a mineral-rich base, this easy DIY eyeshadow allows you to experiment with your natural look, without using ingredients that could be harmful to your skin.
Truly, the most beautiful feature of this wonderfully simple eyeshadow recipe is the bentonite clay. While it isn’t the star ingredient of your typical mineral makeup, this unassuming volcanic ash clay is known for its ability to draw out and absorb toxins, plus it’s full of minerals such as magnesium, potassium and calcium.
Because of these natural properties, it is commonly used both internally and externally for detoxification and healing. On the skin, bentonite clay is soothing and calming, and the additional mineral content it has to offer makes it a perfect starting place for our eyeshadow base.
Perhaps the most difficult part of making this eyeshadow will be choosing what colors to try! For a super natural look and low cost, start by searching through your kitchen cupboards. Grab cocoa powder for a rich brown and spices such as cinnamon, ginger, paprika, nutmeg, and turmeric for fun variations on natural tones.
But you don’t have to stop there! If you want to lean a little darker, mix in some activated charcoal, or branch out to wider variations of color with ingredients like spirulina and beetroot powder. You can even spring for a bit of shimmer by adding in natural mica powders.
Let’s Get Started
Begin by mixing the arrowroot starch and bentonite clay to create your eyeshadow base. Since I was making several different colors and shades, I divided the base into parts before the next step. Note that the more base you use, the lighter your shade will be, so you may want to start with a small amount and add more later as you formulate your shadows.
Now the fun part…add in your colors! Experiment until you have reached your desired tints, then add a few drops of oil to the powder. Mash and mix the drops of oil into the mixture until it is completely combined. If you feel the powder is still too dusty, add a few more drops of oil and repeat until the eyeshadow is nice and soft and sticks together just a bit.
Voila! Simply apply to the eyeshadow powders to well moisturized skin, and have fun with your new natural look.
Before using, test the eyeshadow on a small patch of skin away from the eyes, and always avoid using any known allergens.
Simple Mineral Eyeshadow
- ½ tsp arrowroot starch
- ½ tsp bentonite clay
- Ground ginger, cocoa powder, ground cinnamon, ground nutmeg
- Almond or jojoba oil
- Additional color options: activated charcoal, spirulina, beet root powder, mica powders
- Add the arrowroot starch and bentonite clay to a small bowl and mix well to create your eyeshadow base.
- Mix in desired colors until you have reached a shade that you like.
- Add a few drops of jojoba oil to the mixture and combine until the powder is no longer dusty, but is soft and sticks together slightly.
- Apply to well moisturized skin.