NOURISHING COCONUT CHARCOAL EYELINER
This one's a game changer. I used to use a liquid eyeliner that contained alcohol (I think most of them do, so that the liquid evaporates on contact with your skin leaving a dry black line. It would apply it to the very sensitive skin around my eyes, and feel the cold tingle of the alcohol evaporating, resulting in some seriously no-smudge eyeliner. Until I clicked that this concoction is actually terrible! Alcohol dissolves oil (like the natural oils in your skin), and evaporates, releasing our skins natural moisture with it. Around the eyes, this is a sure way to encourage dry skin and aging! So flag that. Here's a better plan. It's free of alcohol, fragrance, and synthetic polymers, such as acrylic copolymers (YUK) and its totally biodegradable:
What You Need:
- Activated Charcoal Capsules for black eyeliner (you can find these in heaps of chemists, have a google), OR ½ tsp cocoa powder for brown eyeliner. Try spirulina powder for blue/green eyeliner or acai powder for purple!
- Coconut Oil (or, if you live somewhere really cold, do a combo of coconut oil and your favourite liquid oil - like jojoba or vitamin E - so you can achieve the desired room temperature consistency.
- A tiny container with a lid, like an old eyeshadow pot, and an eyeliner brush (I use an old Mac pottle and an old liquid eyeliner applicator).
- Open up 1-3 charcoal capsules and pour the powder into your container.
- Add melted Coconut Oil. (more or less depending on how thick you want your liner to be. In my experience, the thicker the better - it makes it easier to apply and stay in place, so start with a tiny amount of coconut oil, and work your way up to a good paste-like consistency). I wouldn't use any more than half a teaspoon, maybe less. If you live in a very cold climate, add in another oil so your eyeliner isn't completely solid at room temp.
- Mix the charcoal and oil with the end of a spoon, a toothpick or an eyeliner brush until well combined and smooth.
- Use an eyeliner brush or old eyeliner applicator to apply to the eyes.
Give it a go and let us know!