DIY Midnight Clay Eyeliner

I don’t normally wear much makeup but I usually like to smudge a little dark liner over my top lid to open up my eyes (as a bonus, it usually helps me look less tired!). So when I started making my own makeup, eyeliner was one of the first things I attempted.

But making eyeliner proved more difficult than I expected. Anything with coconut oil tended to smear and leave dark shadows under my eyes (as if I don’t already have enough problems there!) while lighter formulas would disappear in a matter of an hour or so. I actually stumbled onto the two key ingredients when I was experimenting with DIY shampoos: guar gum and vegetable glycerine which gave the eyeliner just enough holding power to stay in place all day without being greasy. Success!

Most days, I throw a bit of this on along with some DIY Airbrushing Mineral Powder or DIY Airbrushing Mineral Liquid Foundation and Positively Rosy Lipstick and Cheek Stain and call it a day.

DIY Midnight Clay Eyeliner




1. Mix the red and black clays in a small jar.

2. Add in your guar gum and mix again.

3. Put several drops of sweet almond oil and vegetable glycerine in with the other ingredients and mix well. You have to mash it around to get it all well incorporated. This took me several minutes.

4. Using a spoon or even your fingers, smush your eyeliner down into your little jar. You may need to add several drops of water to get it really compact.


How To Use:

1. Get an eyeliner brush damp with water and then dip in into your eyeliner…then draw across your eyelid.

2. You can use it dry if you want to layer it for more of a smokey look.


9 replies

  1. I was wondering about the black clay. I went to the website and it said that the particle size of this clay is bigger and not suitable for making mascara and eyeliner. Have you had problems with this?

    • No, I’ve never had a problem with it. Maybe it would help to run it through an old coffee grinder if it’s a problem but it has definitely worked just fine for me without it 🙂

      • Ooh that’s a great question! I’m honestly not totally sure but you might try looking at the complete selection on…they have so many different ones! I’m thinking it might be possible that you may need a mineral instead of a clay so that’s something to check out.

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