By now, we hopefully all know that we have to be careful about any product that we choose to put on our face. Whether its foundation, mascara or eye shadow, there are potentially harmful ingredients in nearly all mass produced makeup lines. For eye shadow in particular, there are concerns about iron oxide, which although deemed safe by the FDA for use in the eye area, is a suspected carcinogen, teratogen or toxin. No bueno. To stay on the safe side (and because we always promote giving back to your community directly as opposed to feeding the big corporations), it’s good to buy natural, local makeup (or DIY). This way, you know exactly what you’re putting on your skin and what you’re paying your hard earned dough for!
If you’re interested in learning more about the potential dangers of store bought beauty products, we strongly encourage you to read No More Dirty Looks and get informed. If you’re already ready to jump on the bandwagon, check out our favorite DIY recipe for natural shadow below and then read on for ten of our favorite handmade picks. Note: each shadow comes from a different artisan, so click their links to see their entire line.
Activated Charcoal capsules
A small glass jar with a tight lid
Eyeshadow brush, preferably with one thin end for liner and one rounded for smokey effects
Open up a charcoal capsule and pour into the small glass jar. Open up another one, and another, and another until you fill your jar about halfway. Store extra charcoal caps.
Just open the jar, flip the cap upside down and dab up some charcoal from the lid. Try mixing with a bit of water to paint on as a liner, but you get a nice liner effect without water by using a thin brush.
You can also try powdered spirulina for a green shadow and powdered mica for shimmer. Mix them for different effects.