Homemade Mineral Eye Shadows

Lisa's Herb Remedies, Homemade Mineral Eye Shadows

There’s a lot of interest in natural makeup lately.  I’ve already shared my Homemade Plant Based Powder Foundation and now I will share my mineral eye shadow recipe.

I’ve tried to make eye shadows from plant materials only, but can’t get those beautiful colors that minerals give.  I use mica and iron oxides, and they are safe for cosmetics, or I wouldn’t be using them.

You can get mica in matte or sparkle if you want a little glitter.


  • Arrowroot Powder
  • Mica or Iron Oxide in your favorite color
  • Carrier oil (opt.) such as Sweet Almond, or other oils (like here)

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  1.  Add 1 teaspoon arrowroot to a glass bowl or mortar and pestal (like here)
  2.  Mix Mica OR Iron Oxide in, starting with just a sprinkle, and add more until you get your desired color.  Adding more arrowroot makes it lighter, but if you want it a darker color, you can add a black Mica or Iron Oxide.  Play with it until you get your favorite shade.
  3. If your eye shadow won’t stick to the skin, you can add a drop of carrier oil.  Carrier oils make your eye shadow even more healthy.  You don’t want to add too much, or your eye shadow will be too oily.
  4. You can double your recipe for more eye shadow once you get the hang of it.  Spoon your finished eye shadow in a small jar.
  5. Try another color…

That’s all it is to it!

You can add other ingredients, but why should you when this recipe works great.  It provides good coverage, the shades are eye-popping, and it don’t cost a lot.


Where to find mica and iron oxides?

Etsy is a great place to start.


Not up to making your own?

You can order mine in our Etsy store  Sage Hill Botanicals Herb Company

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