DIY – 5 Easy Steps To Make Eye Liner From Your Eye Shadow


DIY eyeliner makeup can give you a fresh and unique look. While nothing beats the intensity of black eyeliners, colored and bright ones can add some extra drama and definition to your eyes. These vibrant colors also help you keep pace with the ever-changing trends. But it is not always possible to own every shade of eyeliner or kajal available in the market. That is why we are here with a brand new makeup lesson. It is time to accumulate all your discarded eyeshadows to make new eyeliner colors. Swipe up to learn how and have your Eureka moment!

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Required Things For This DIY:


Here is a list of things you’ll need to make this eyeliner:

  • A small empty container to store the product
  • Loose pigment or eyeshadow in any color
  • Water
  • Eye liner brush
  • Primer
  • Cotton swab

How To Make Eye Liner With Eye Shadow:

Follow the steps to make your very own eyeliner with eyeshadow:

Step 1:

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Wash your hands to sanitize them. Then, take the eyeshadow of your choice. It has to be in powder form. Check the expiry date of the products before making the eyeliner. If you wish to make shimmery or satiny eyeliner, go for powder eye shadows, which contain shimmer or glitter particles. If you want a matte finish for your eyeliner, then go for powder eyeshadows in matte finish. You could also use a powder blush, highlight powder or any loose pigment for making this eyeliner. Here, I have used my favorite purple eyeshadow from the Lakme eye shadow palette in Tanjore Rush to make the eyeliner.

Start by scrapping the eye shadow gently with a clean cotton swab, and transfer the loose powder into a small container. As my eyeshadow was already broken, I just used a blunt knife to push it into the container. The container has to be clean and sanitized before use to avoid bacterial infections. It is simple to sanitize the container. Wash it with a detergent liquid soap or use a rubbing alcohol spray and wipe off the container. I used an old lip balm container to store my eye liner. If you are trying to make the eyeliner for the first time, make sure you use only small amounts of the eyeshadow products to avoid any wastage. The amount of the eyeshadow to be taken for making the eyeliner depends on how much you would require.

Related: How To Apply Eyeliner Perfectly

Step 2:

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Now, add a few drops of water to the powder eye shadow for creating a liquid-like consistency. If you have refreshing eye drops, you can also use it instead of water to make the eyeliner.

Stylecraze Says
Ensure you don’t overdo the use of eye drops as the active ingredient in it is a drug. It is best not to put too much of it on the skin.
Related: 7 Effective Makeup Tips To Make Your Eyeshadow Look Brighter

You can also use a mixing medium to turn your powder eye shadow into eyeliner. Award-winning makeup artist Rachel Duncan says, “It’s a PRO makeup artist’s favorite! Instead of buying liquid liners in different colors, you can use the shadow palettes you already have with a few drops of mixing medium, and BOOM, a creamy liquid liner that dries down beautifully!”

Step 3:

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Use a pointed thin eyeliner brush and mix the powder well to form a thin liquid liner consistency. Start by adding a few drops of water to avoid a runny consistency. Mix the powder eye shadow with the water for a good 2 minutes to avoid any lumps in the product, and check for fine consistency.

Step 4:

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Now, add a small amount of eye primer or a face primer to this mixture. This step is optional, but it is recommended as this will increase the longevity of the eyeliner. It will also avoid any creasing or budging of the product.

Stylecraze Says
You may also add setting spray to this as it will help improve the longevity of the product and creates a budge-proof film.
Related: What Is A Makeup Primer? How To Apply It?

Step 5:

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Mix the contents again for half a minute till the primer gets dissolved and mixed with the eyeliner completely. Close the cap of the container tightly, and store it. This eyeliner will last for a long time. This will also not dry or decrease in quality even after several days of storage.

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This eyeliner worked well and lasted for a good 4 hours on me as I had added the primer. The expiry of this eyeliner will be the same as the expiry of the eyeshadow.

Infographic: Simple Steps Of Making Eyeliner From Eyeshadow

Eyeliners and eyeshadows are the most important part of your eye makeup. So, knowing how to make eyeliner from eyeshadow will help you add some extra magic to your eye makeup. We have focused on the main steps of making eyeliner from eyeshadow in a simple and efficient way. Check out the infographic below to know more!

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Illustration: StyleCraze Design Team

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Once you have mastered the process of DIY eyeliner makeup, you are set with almost unlimited shades of liners. Old, powdery eyeshadows (not expired) in colors of your choice, water, primer (optional but recommended), eyeshadow pencil, and a container are all you need to make your eyeliner in less than five minutes. You need to mix everything thoroughly, and voila, you have a brand new eyeliner to enhance your eyes. These DIY liners can last for around 4-5 hours without smudging or fading, especially if you have added a few drops of primer to the liner solution. In addition, the liner stores well and does not dry out, and only expires when the eyeshadow used to make it reaches its expiry date.

Frequently Asked Questions

What ingredients make an eyeliner?

Activated charcoal, waxes, lanolin, and castor oil are all commonly found in an eyeliner.

Can you make your own liquid eyeliner?

Yes. All you need is activated charcoal for the pigment, beeswax for a thick consistency, and coconut oil and water for fluidity.

Can mascara be used as eyeliner?

Yes. Just make sure the consistency is correct and use a clean brush to avoid clumps.

How do you make Vaseline eyeliner?

You can mix approximately 3 parts of eyeshadow of your desired color and 1 part of Vaseline to make your own gel-based eyeliner.

Can henna be used as eyeliner?

Yes. However, be careful while applying henna as your eyeliner as it is semi-permanent and may stain if smudged.

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