DIY Zero Waste Gel Eyeliner

Becoming vegan nearly a year ago has opened my eyes to so much – including the immense impact our reliance on/demand for convenient, disposable and new products has on the environment.

So, I’ve decided to add maintaining a more zero waste lifestyle to my list of goals. YouTube, Pinterest and Instagram have served as my primary resources for tips and advice on transitioning to a less wasteful life, and that’s how I stumbled across a video on three-ingredient eyeliner!

Ela Gale has a beautiful YouTube channel, full of vegan, DIY and minimalist inspiration, including this short video with her recipe for charcoal eyeliner.

The ingredients are:

  • 3 activated charcoal capsules (I ended up added 5 capsules to achieve the deep color I wanted)
  • 1 vitamin E capsule (I used a Vitamin E oil I already had)
  • 1/2 teaspoon of aloe vera gel

I stirred up a batch this weekend, and I must say, I’m impressed! Below are photos of the eyeliner applied with an e.l.f. angled brush. I got 8 hours of wear with minimal smudging, but admittedly, some noticeable smudging near the outer corners of my eyes. However, I do plan on testing it with a matte black eyeshadow on top, too.

It’s so reassuring to know exactly what ingredients are in my makeup, especially makeup that goes near my eyes. I upcycled an old Lush sample jar as the new home for the liner 🙂

I plan on trying more beauty zero waste DIYs as my current makeup runs out, so stay tuned!

2 thoughts on “DIY Zero Waste Gel Eyeliner

  1. I’m excited to follow along with any posts you have about trying to minimize waste. I’ve recently been trying to head in the direction of zero waste and I love seeing the steps other women are taking in that direction. You might already follow her, but Alli Cherry on youtube has some great videos about minimizing waste.

    1. Yay! I’ve been binge watching Alli Cherry’s videos recently and I love her! I am looking forward to sharing my zero waste journey, too 🙂 Thanks for commenting!

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