Black grease paint was used in the Edwardian era as alternative to liquid eyeliner to accentuate the eyes. Grease paint was usually sold in sticks covered in paper, sometimes protected by a cardboard tube. Grease paint sticks looked like wax crayons (here’s a picture of 1930s stick grease paints). This Edwardian black grease paint recipe is from 1916.
DIY Grease Paint Paper Wrapper
Because Edwardian grease paint came in stick form like wax crayon in a paper sleeve …
… I designed a paper wrapper in Word with a fictional company name inspired by Stein’s grease paint sticks, and printed it out.
Now roll the paper around a pencil …
… or a skewer.
And glue the banderole together with DIY wheatpaste.
Make a paper funnel to fill the black grease paint into the paper wrapper.
Edwardian Black Grease Paint Recipe
- 1 part lampblack (or black iron oxide)
- 1 part almond oil
- 3 parts cocoa butter
Triturate lampblack ‘to a smooth mixture with the oil; then add to the melted cacao butter’ (Henley’s Twentieth Century Formulas, Recipes And Processes, 1916).
I melted all together: cocoa butter, oil and lampblack.
As soon as it’s melted, use the paper funnel to fill the grease paint into the paper banderole.
Here you’ll find my tutorial for DIY almond kohl and more recipes for homemade kohl, grease paint, mascara and eyebrow dye.