I’m a little beauty obsessed. I love trying out new beauty products and never buy the same product twice in a row. And this love of experimentation extends to the things that I make myself. So, when I saw this video on Facebook about DIY almond gel eyeliner, I knew I had to give it a test drive.
The beauty of making your own stuff is being able to create cruelty-free, green beauty products with simplified ingredient lists. This gel eyeliner has only three ingredients — almonds, aloe vera gel and coconut oil.
According to the creators, the formula to this DIY eyeliner is easy to manipulate. Want darker eyeliner? Add more almond charcoal powder. Want the formula to be lighter? Add more aloe vera gel or coconut oil. Want a brown eyeliner? Use cocoa powder. But does it actually work? I decided to try it out for myself.
STEP 1: BURN THE ALMONDS
First, pick up an almond with tweezers and burn it with a lighter. You’ll need to burn the almond to a crisp, which should take about 10 minutes. Make sure to do this over a fire-safe surface like a dinner plate, baking pan or in a ramekin. You will need to burn about three to four almonds.
STEP 2: MASH THE BURNED ALMOND AND GRIND INTO POWDER
I used a muddler and a spoon to smash the almonds in a ramekin to minimize the mess.
STEP 3: ADD COCONUT OIL AND ALOE VERA GEL
Next, add 1/2 teaspoon each of almond charcoal powder, coconut oil and aloe vera gel to your ramekin and blend until smooth. Your local health food store will have all these ingredients. When you’re done, you can move your concoction to a travel jar or other small container.
And you’re done. Or are you?
Real talk: I spent a long time burning almonds (and scorching my fingers) just to fill half a teaspoon, and even more time trying to get enough almond charcoal ash to make this DIY eyeliner pigmented enough. I’m also not sure that putting a beauty product that’s 1/3 coconut oil, a great eye makeup remover, on your eyelids is a good idea — you’d probably just end up removing all of your carefully applied eye makeup. Lastly, I was a little worried about wearing this DIY product around people. What if the almond charcoal ash triggered someone’s nut allergy? So, this DIY is a “No” for me.
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