Recently, someone asked if the Accidental Purist wears make-up, or if make-up is too "toxic" and not in the spirit of clean living. This is such a fantastic question, and certainly, in the early stages of my sickness I avoided all products of any kind as I did not know what was triggering my pathology and reaction. And I have to say: I really really REALLY missed my products and eyeliner in particular.
I don't need to repeat myself about the toxic qualities of many standard commercial beauty products. The EWG website does a pretty good job on educating consumers--for those who are well and unwell alike.
Fortunately, there are also wonderful products on the market that are safer options. I can personally recommend Gabriel Cosmetics for their vegan, gluten-free, toxin-free products, as well as Faerie Organic. However, these products--while incredible--are expensive.
Last year, in an attempt to save money as well as even further "clean up my beauty product usage"--even beyond the "safe" commercially available brands--I began creating my own DIY makeup.
My favorite DIY product--by far--has been fashioning my own eyeliner using spring water, activated charcoal, and a fine-tipped eyeliner brush. I had seen this DIY regimen floating around the internet for quite some time, so when I decided to try it myself, I was so pleased by the outcome and felt an incredible sense of accomplishment.
Activated charcoal is not to be confused with the charcoal used in your BBQ grill. Activated charcoal is a powerful absorbent agent (found in nature) that has been used (and I have used) to bind-up toxins, gas, or even alleviate food poisoning or stomach bugs. As the foundation for DIY eyeliner, it is a neutral natural ingredient, toxic-free, and a fantastic base.
Here's what you'll need:
- Open 4-5 capsules of the activated charcoal into your little glass jar container. Keep this jar with the rest of your makeup in a drawer.
When you want to apply eyeliner, wet your make-up brush into spring water and dip it into your charcoal jar.
Apply. This eyeliner lasts all day!
TIP: For a eyeliner that is more "thick," you can also mix coconut oil into your opened activated charcoal caps, and experiment with the spring water to adjust the texture. I find that spring water on its own works wonderfully, but for those looking for a thicker eyeliner, coconut oil is magical.