Clean Beauty Tips & Techniques 5 Natural Eyeshadow Recipes You Can Make at Home Create your own custom shade with a few simple ingredients. By Emma Stenhouse Emma Stenhouse Writer University of Exeter University of Plymouth University of the West of England (Hartpury College) Emma Stenhouse is a marine scientist, educator, and writer with more than 16 years of experience. She holds an M.S. in Marine Science from the University of Plymouth. Learn about our editorial process Published August 29, 2021 hlphoto / Getty Images Share Twitter Pinterest Email Clean Beauty Products Tips & Techniques Making your own natural eyeshadow at home is surprisingly easy. Homemade cosmetics also allow you to experiment until you find the perfect shades, while also avoiding some of the harmful ingredients that even products branded as "natural" may contain—like parabens and talc. For any of the recipes we’ve rounded up below, you can add your own choice of pigments—either a cosmetic-grade mica powder (available in a wide range of matte and metallic colors) or a natural pigment. Our favorite natural pigments include: Cacao powder: brown Clay: green, red, rose, or white Spirulina: green Activated charcoal: black or gray Tumeric: gold 1 of 5 Nourishing Beeswax Cream Eyeshadow Ivan Bajic / Getty Images Ingredients 8 small beeswax pastilles 1 teaspoon pure shea butter 1 teaspoon glycerin 0.75 ml jojoba oil (approximately 24 drops) 1/4 teaspoon vitamin E oil 2 teaspoons cosmetic grade mica powder or natural pigment (color of your choice) Place the beeswax pastilles and shea butter into a microwave-safe jug or measuring cup (with a spout). Warm in the microwave on low heat for 10 seconds, then stir. Continue heating in 10-second increments and stirring until the wax and butter are completely melted together. This will take around a minute. Add the glycerin, jojoba oil, and vitamin E oil and blend well. Add your chosen color of mica powder and blend. Transfer to a small sealed container and leave to set for 24 hours. Apply using your finger, a brush, or a sponge tip applicator. 2 of 5 Natural Mineral Powder Eyeshadow kazmulka / Getty Images Ingredients: 1/2 teaspoon bentonite clay 1/4 teaspoon arrowroot powder Natural pigment of your choice 2-3 drops jojoba or sweet almond oil Mix the bentonite clay and arrowroot powders together until fully blended. Add the natural pigment of your choice until you’ve reached your preferred shade. Add a few drops of oil and blend. Keep adding oil until the mixture is soft and all the powder has been absorbed. Store in a small sealed container. This mineral eyeshadow is also applied using your finger, a brush, or a sponge tip applicator. 3 of 5 Natural Shimmer Eyeshadow S847 / Getty Images Ingredients: 1/4 teaspoon arrowroot powder Natural pigment of your choice Pinch of white cosmetic grade mica powder 1/4 teaspoon pure shea butter Blend the arrowroot and pigment in a small bowl. You can use individual pigments or blend them together. Add a pinch of mica for shimmer. Add more pigment or mica until you get the color and shimmer combination of your choice. Next, add the shea butter and blend well. Be sure to store your shimmer eyeshadow in a sealed container. When ready to use, apply with a makeup brush, your finger, or an eyeshadow applicator. 4 of 5 Simple Three-Ingredient Eyeshadow Gaelle Beller Studio / Getty Images Ingredients: 1/4 teaspoon cosmetic grade mica powder (color of your choice) A few drops of 91% rubbing alcohol A few drops of oil (we like vitamin E, jojoba, argan, or sweet almond) Place your cosmetic-grade mica powder in the small container you’re going to use to store your eyeshadow. Add a few drops of rubbing alcohol until the powder is suspended in the alcohol. Add a few drops of oil at a time until the consistency is smooth and creamy. Keep stirring until you notice the mixture starting to separate. Leave the mixture for 20 minutes to allow any excess alcohol time to rise to the top of the mixture. Use a tissue or Q-tip to absorb any remaining alcohol. Leave the eyeshadow uncovered for 5 hours to allow it to dry. Once set, put the lid on the container. 5 of 5 Easy Creamy Eyeshadow triocean / Getty Images Ingredients: 1/4 teaspoon cosmetic grade mica powder (color of your choice) 1/4 teaspoon unscented eye cream Add the cosmetic-grade mica powder to the small container you plan to use to store your eyeshadow. Then, add the eye cream and stir with a toothpick. This eyeshadow can be used right away, and its smooth consistency makes it easy to apply using your finger.