How to Make Homemade Eyeshadows: Pressed, Cream, Crayon, and Loose

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You must be aware of the recent hype with homemade eyeshadows, but you may not know how to make eyeshadows at home. This blog of ours will help you learn about homemade eyeshadows of different types. 

Homemade eyeshadows are cheaper, skin-friendly, and more durable. And the most exciting part, you can heartily replace your pricey chemical-based eyeshadows with your homemade ones. 

Our informative blog will take you through the types, required ingredients, and steps to make homemade eyeshadows. So, let’s jump into the main content.

Processes of Blending Various Colors of Eyeshadow 

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Processes of Blending Various Colors of Eyeshadow

Before jumping onto the steps to making eyeshadows at home, it’s necessary to know the process of blending various colorants or powders. Below are some examples for your help in learning multiple color combinations while mixing the ingredients:

Consistent Eyeshadow Color:

  • Step 1: Take 2-3 shades or colors of mica powder in equal amounts.  
  • Step 2: Mix them in a container or mixing bowl with a .15cc pigment scoop or a small measuring spoon. Blend them evenly as long as you don’t produce your desired shade. 
  • Step 3: Pour the mix into its pot or palette.  
  • Step 4: Press the content onto the pot or palette with a presser. 

Autumn Eyeshadow Color:

  • Step 1: Take mica powder of various colors, including orange, gold, light brown, dark brown, and cream, in equal amounts. 
  • Step 2: Mix them evenly until you acquire a warm autumn shade. 
  • Step 3: Pour the mix into its pot or palette. 
  • Step 4: Press the content onto the pot or palette with a presser.

Aqua Blue Color:

  • Step 1: Take silver, green, and blue mica powder in equal amounts in a mixing bowl. 
  • Step 2: Mix them well to procure the desired shimmering aqua blue or aquamarine color. 
  • Step 3: Pour the mix into its pot or palette.
  • Step 4: Press the content onto the pot or palette with a presser.

Here’s a video on how to mix various mica powders to produce your desired eyeshadow colors:

How to Make Your Own Eyeshadow/ Updated Version/ DIY

How Many Eyeshadow Shades Can You Make at Home?

Honestly, there’s no exact number of homemade eyeshadow shades. You can make various eyeshadow shades of brown, purple, blue, autumn, red, etc. at home using the different colorants, such as mica powder, iron oxide powder, and the like. 

You can also make eyeshadows at home with household spices. Below is a chart for various common spices to make different eyeshadow colors at home:

Desired Eyeshadow ColorRequired Spices and Ingredients 
Red EyeshadowRed clay
Orange EyeshadowBeet powder and saffron
Golden EyeshadowTurmeric 
Grey or Black EyeshadowActivated charcoal 
White EyeshadowWhite clay
Brown EyeshadowCacao powder and nutmeg 
Pink EyeshadowBeet powder 
Green EyeshadowGreen clay and spirulina

You can always switch from making the popular eyeshadow shades to inventing some new hues and colors. Your thirst for experimenting at home with eyeshadow colors is the only limit. 

Can You Make Eyeshadow Pigments from Scratch?

Yes, you can make eyeshadow pigments from scratch by following the steps below:

Required Ingredients and Tools:

  1. Rubbing alcohol or hydrogen peroxide, soap and water, or bleach and white vinegar. 
  2. Filler mix: Base filler or chalk powder. 
  3. Mica powder, iron oxide powder, or pigment powder (You may keep any one of them or all in case of mixing two to three items). Choose the color of each powder of your desired shade. 
  4. A mixing bowl
  5. A grinder or a mortar and pestle. 

Steps to Make Eyeshadow Pigment from Scratch:

  • Step 1: Wash out all your palettes, pots, and equipment with rubbing alcohol to sterilize them. Use hydrogen peroxide or a blend of soap and water or bleach and white vinegar as cleaning agents if you don’t want to use alcohol. 
  • Step 2: Take the base filler and iron oxide powder (selected color) in your mixing bowl. Mix it well. 
  • Step 3: Grind the base filler and iron oxide mix in a mortar & pestle or a grinding machine. Even a coffee grinder will do—a proper grinding to bring out the color in iron oxide powder. 
  • Step 4: Now, you may add mica powder or pigment powder (same color as iron oxide powder) to the above mix and grind it enough to bring out the color in mica powder.
  • Step 5: You may use a sieve to filter out the content, ensuring it’s okay and even.
  • Step 6: Now, your homemade eyeshadow pigment is ready to get back to its palette/pot.

How to Make Pressed Eyeshadow at Home?

Ingredients and Tools

  1. Rubbing alcohol or hydrogen peroxide, soap and water, or bleach and white vinegar. 
  2. Filler mix: Base filler or chalk powder. 
  3. Mica powder, iron oxide powder, or pigment powder (You may keep any one of them or all in case of mixing two to three items). Choose the color of each powder of your desired shade. 
  4. A mixing bowl
  5. A grinder or a mortar and pestle


Steps 1-6 in the above “Make Eyeshadow Pigment from Scratch” will remain the same for making the pressed eyeshadow at home, followed by the below steps:

  • Step 7: Take the eyeshadow pigment you’ve just made and drop some binder in it. The usual ratio of mixing binder into base filler and colorant is 3-5 drops: 1 gram; meaning, 3-5 drops of binder into 1 gram of colorant powder and base mix. 
  • Step 8: Mix the binder and eyeshadow pigment with a toothpick until the content reaches its desired texture. 
  • Step 9: Put the mixture in a pot and cover it with tissue paper.
  • Step 10: Press it with a presser to set the eyeshadow content firmly on the pot. 
  • Step 11: As the pressed eyeshadow is ready, you must let it dry for 24 hours to make it ready for use. 

How to Make Loose Eyeshadow at Home?

Ingredients and Tools

  1. Mica powder and iron oxide powder of your favorite colors
  2. Chalk powder as base filler
  3. A mixing bowl 
  4. A small spoon or toothpick
  5. A grinder
  6. A sieve 
  7. A tin-pot or pan
  8. Some tissue papers
  9. A presser


  • Step 1: Take the required amount of mica and iron oxide powders in a mixing bowl.
  • Step 2: Mix them well with the spoon or toothpick until you get the desired shade.
  • Step 3: Grinde them well with the grinder.
  • Step 4: Use the sieve to even out the content texture. 
  • Step 5: Upon sieving, put the mixture in a tin pot or pan.
  • Step 6: Cover the mixture with tissue paper over the pot.
  • Step 7: Press on the tissue-covered area to firm the mix contained in the pot. 

How to Make Cream Eyeshadow at Home?

Making a cream eyeshadow at home is a bit trickier than the loose and pressed ones since it requires different ingredients and a different process. 

Check below the required ingredients and process to make cream eyeshadow at home:

Ingredients and Tools

  1. Shea butter
  2. Jojoba oil
  3. Beeswax pastilles 
  4. Vitamin E oil
  5. Vegetable glycerine 
  6. Mica powder (single color or a combination)


  • Step 1: Take the shea butter and 6-8 beeswax pastilles in a bowl. Melt them in a microwave in 1-2 minutes. 
  • Step 2: Add vegetable glycerine, vitamin E oil, and jojoba oil to the melted content in the bowl. 
  • Step 3: Now, add mica powder(s) to the content and mix them with a spoon until the mixture is firm and consistent. 
  • Step 4: Keep the mixture in a container or a pot.
  • Step 5: Let it sit for 24 hours before using.  

How to Make Crayon Eyeshadow at Home?

Care to utilize your own or your sibling’s unused crayons into making eyeshadows? Then check the process below to know-how:

Ingredients and Tools

  1. Crayons of desired colors
  2. Coconut oil
  3. Shea butter (if you want to make it creamy)
  4. Candle warmer or a burner
  5. A jar or pan


  • Step 1: Break down the crayons into smaller pieces and take them in a jar. 
  • Step 2: Put the jar on a candle warmer to melt the crayon pieces. 
  • Step 3: Upon the melting of crayons, add a tablespoon of coconut oil. 
  • Step 4: Simmer the crayon and coconut oil mix for 5-10 minutes. You may add a tablespoon of shea butter to the content if you want to make it creamy. 
  • Step 5: Pour the melted content into a small pot and let it cool down. 
  • Step 6: Let the content set for a day or half before using. 

How to Make An Eyeshadow Palette at Home

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How to Make An Eyeshadow Palette at Home

You can make eyeshadow palettes at home in different ways with spare or used materials. Below, we’ve arranged one of the many options to make an eyeshadow palette at home:

Tools Required

  1. A thick carton sheet 
  2. A ruler and a pencil 
  3. Epoxy or any craft glue


  • Step 1: Cut a thick carton sheet into your desired palette dimension. A standard medium eyeshadow palette dimension should be 5.875″L x 3.25″W x 0.375″D (inside) and 6.68″L x 4.125″W x 0.68″D (outside).
  • Step 2: Make outlines of vertical and horizontal rooms with a ruler and a pencil on the sized up sheet. 
  • Step 3: Apply epoxy or craft glue in alignment with the made-up lines. Let the glue dry and stiffen. 
  • Step 4: Hence, your palette is ready. Now, you can put your homemade eyeshadows in the sized-up spaces of your handmade eyeshadow palette. 

Are Homemade Eyeshadows Better than Chemical-Based Eyeshadows?

Since homemade eyeshadows contain less risky ingredients, including natural products mostly, they are easily better than chemical-based ones. 

Most chemical-based makeup items contain paraben as a preservative, which poses a health risk for women. Paraben in makeup items, including eyeshadows, can prove to be carcinogenic in the long run.   

Homemade eyeshadows may be short-lived, but their skin-friendly behavior will always keep you worry-free. Conversely, the pricy chemical-based and branded eyeshadows could give your eyes an instant makeover, yet there remain chances of allergies, rashes, and even infections. 

Wrapping Up

Homemade eyeshadows aren’t obsolete nor less fashionable. Instead, considering their hassle-free and cheaper efficiencies, thousands of teens and young adults opt for homemade eyeshadows. 

Be careful about what ingredients, such as nearby store chemicals, spices, tools, etc., you’re using to make your eyeshadows at home. Make sure there’s no harmful ingredient in your mixture of colorants.

Avoid any perfume agent in your homemade eyeshadow recipe as it may pose a risk for allergies and rashes. Make sure of the optimum measurement while pouring down the colorant powders and base fillers. 

Lastly, keep your homemade eyeshadow palette clean and sterilized. Remember, even your organic or homemade eyeshadows may prove harmful to your skin and overall health if they contain bacteria or dust. 

Mohammad Anique

Mohammad Anique is the editor at WomenMinds who writes informative and helpful blogs on various topics, including beauty, skincare, parenting, etc. He's a bookworm, an animal lover, and an aspiring writer.

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