How to Make Cream Eyeshadow

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Learn how to make your own lush DIY pigment eyeshadow that’s rich in color but goes on smooth like a cream eyeshadow with my DIY Cream Eyeshadow recipe. It’s perfect for those wanting a quality makeup product without all the chemicals you find in many mass market commercial cosmetics.

DIY Handmade Cream Eyeshadow - How to Make Cream Eyeshadow in Your Favorite Custom Shades

What I love about this handmade cream eyeshadow is that it contains no scary chemicals or preservatives. However, like all makeup, you’ll want to discard it after three months and start with a fresh batch. Always use clean hands and applicators when applying to help avoid bacteria being introduced into your makeup.

How to Make Cream Eyeshadow Cosmetics - DIY Handmade Cream Eyeshadow Recipe and Tutorial

Handmade Cream Eyeshadow Recipe

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

Here’s what you need to get started:
Measure Spoons
Glass Pyrex Measuring Cup
Graduated 3ml Plastic Transfer Pipettes
5 gram Eyeshadow Container

8 White Beeswax Pastilles
1 teaspoon Refined Shea Butter
24 drops (approximately .75ml) Refined Jojoba Oil
120 drops (approximately 3.75ml) Vegetable Glycerin
12 drops Vitamin E Oil
2 teaspoons Ultramarine Violet Pigment Powder (or you choice of oxide or ultramarine pigments or combination of Cosmetic Mica Pigment Powder and Titanium Dioxide)
1/4 teaspoon Cosmetic Pearl Mica Powder

How to Make Natural Pigment Eyeshadow

Start by melting your beeswax pastilles and shea butter in a glass measuring cup in the microwave for 1 – 1 1/2 minutes or until melted. Then, using a different pipette for each ingredient, add the glycerin, jojoba oil and Vitamin E to the wax and shea butter.

How to Make Cream Eyeshadow Cosmetics - DIY Handmade Cream Eyeshadow Recipe and Tutorial in Violet

Next measure out the pigment powder and mica and stir add to the liquid mixture. Stir well, then scoop into your empty eye shadow container. For best results wait a day before using.

Handmade Makeup Eyeshadow - DIY Handmade Violet Cream Eyeshadow

To use, apply a small amount to eyelids and spread across lid. Apply more or less to get your desired look. You may have to experiment a bit to get your perfect shade.

If you like this project, also be sure to check out my homemade vegan lip stain recipe. And for more fun diy bath and beauty recipes and tutorials, be sure to follow my DIY Bath and Body board on Pinterest.


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  1. This is so neat. I never even thought to make your own cosmetics!

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  2. Totally have to share with my teen!
    I’m visiting today from the Raising Imperfection hop.

  3. What a great tutorial … I haven’t used cream shadows too much but I do like the way they go on!

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  4. good for making eyeshadow pencils as well thanks.

  5. Great recipe! Two questions: does this list of ingredients make just one 5 gram jar? If you have to measure the pastilles, what would you say the approximate measurement would be?

    Thank you.

  6. Hi Rebecca, any idea about how much this might cost to make? I’m trying to figure out if if worth the savings, etc. Thanks!

    • No, I don’t. Sorry. The start up of supplies would be the most but you only use a little of everything. And it would all depend on the quantities and shops you buy from. Obviously if you make a lot of these with the materials it would cost a lot less than if you invested in the materials and only used a small amount of them to make one or two.

  7. Ooooh I love this!! Great Pinterest find!

    Can’t wait to try!! Does it dry pretty quickly like the store bought kind?

  8. Made some! 🙂 mine turned out really clumpy and not smooth though and the color barely shows. I used same color pigment as you. Any suggestions to help troubleshoot this? Thank you.

    • Did you try it right away or after a day had passed. It makes a difference. It feels very different between the day you make it and then 24 hours later. Mine went on smooth after one day and the color held much better. For a darker color, try adding more pigment powder until you reach your desired color or use a darker pigment or combination of pigments. Hope this helps.

  9. Hi there! So excited to see this post; I am wondering what you think about me using the yellow Beeswax for the recipe? I don’t know if I have access to a white beeswax.

    Thank you!

  10. Do you think it would be ok to use the mica powders you can buy in the craft stores? I have a bunch of them, but don’t want to use them if I shouldn’t.

  11. What is the shelf life of these eye shadows?

    • The standard for using makeup once opened is between 3-6 months. However, the ingredients in the recipe have a shelf life of a year or more so the product should be fine up to a year. But I don’t like my cosmetic products to stick around for more than three months after using since you are potentially introducing contaminants to the your cosmetic product with every use.