In this tutorial I’ll show you how to make your own mascara or liquid eyeliner. It’s an Edwardian recipe for eyelash stain. The recipe is similar to traditional India ink or homemade lampblack calligraphy ink. India ink is made with lampblack, gum arabic and distilled water. The same ingredients which are used for this Edwardian mascara. ‘To Darken the Eyelashes use a little diluted India ink.’ (Three Meals A Day, 1902)
- 1 part distilled water
- 1 part gum arabic
- lampblack or black iron oxide
Don’t use activated charcoal tablets or black cosmetic pigments such as bone black (bone char) or carbon black because it’s too gritty. I tried it and even after grinding it in a mortar it was too gritty. Iron oxide or homemade lampblack is much finer. For this mascara I used my DIY almond soot:
-> how to make your own lampblack with burnt almonds
Stir gum arabic into distilled water and heat in a water bath while rubbing and stirring to dissolve the gum arabic. Let the mucilage stand overnight at room temperature (till the gum arabic is dissolved completely).
Mix some lampblack or black iron oxide with the gum arabic solution till you get a thick paste.
Use the homemade mascara just like store-bought mascara.
Just after some minutes the homemade mascara dries (therefore the mascara works because it dries quickly on the lashes) – so this recipe can also be used to make your own cake mascara: Pour the mixture into a container and let it dry. To use cake mascara: Wet the brush with water and rub it on the mascara. The first mascara which was sold in the Edwardian era was cake mascara.
This mascara can also be used as liquid eyeliner – it looks glossy even after it has dried. But because it dries so quickly and thoroughly it’s not very comfortable on the lids. However, adding some drops of glycerin might prevent the eyeliner from drying completely.
This mascara recipe is similar to India ink which was used since ancient times for writing and drawing.
Here I’m wearing my Victorian alkanet cream blush, rose petal setting powder and Victorian violet face powder together with the natural Edwardian mascara.
Here you’ll find more recipes for homemade natural mascara, kohl and eyebrow dye.
30 thoughts on “DIY Natural Edwardian Mascara Recipe”
I’m completely fascinated by your blog Lina. LOL, I may have said that one more than one occasion but it’s true. I need to give this a try
Thank you! 😀 I always enjoy reading your comments.
I might have to try making my own mascara now. Thank you for sharing at Ravenwould.
Thanks! 🙂 It’s not difficult to make your own mascara.
Wow! I had no idea you could do your own mascara. Amazing!
Thanks! 🙂 It’s fascinating, isn’t it?
I would not in a million years have thought to try making my own mascara – what an interesting idea. The results look great. Do you have sensitive skin at all? Do you know how it would be for people who do or would it be a case of try it somewhere out of the way and see?
Thank you! 🙂 I have sensitive skin. I don’t think the ingredients cause a rash or irritation. But to be on the safe side I think it’s best to try it out like you said.
That’s such a great idea! I have been on the lookout for a mascara tutorial, but so far I’ve only found recipes that contain charcoal or oil (which will prevent the mascara from drying and will leave black particles under your eyes), so this one sounds very promising! Bookmarked 🙂
Let me know how it works for you! 🙂
What a great idea! I hardly wear mascara anymore because it makes my eyes itch so much, but I’d like to try this. Where do you get gum arabic?
You can buy gum arabic at the drugstore or online.
This mascara really works. I was wondering if you think it will break the eyelashes with continued use, since it dries so stiff with no waxes or anything. What do you think? Thanks.
I don’t think it’ll break the eyelashes.
Thanks for the tip about activated charcoal being too gritty. I might have been tempted to use that. I can’t wait to try this. Thanks for sharing on the #WasteLessWednesday Blog Hop!
Let me know how it works for you! 🙂
Wow, I learn something new everyday. Who knew you make your own mascara. Thanks for sharing on Sunday’s Best.
Thanks for stopping by, Rhonda! 🙂
This is really interested I didn’t know you could do this. Thanks for sharing at the Inspiration Spotlight party. Shared & Pinned
Thanks for sharing, Theresa!
Thank you!! This is so much healthier not to mention no animal testing.
You’re welcome! Thanks for stopping by, Lea!
WOW…can’t believe this is something that we can actually make ourselves! It’s fascinating. Thanks so much for sharing. Saw your makeup diy party at Thurs. favorite things linky. pinned:)
Thanks for pinning, Kathleen! 🙂
I have been wanting to find a cake mascara I can wear (lots of allergies,) so I gave this a go and I love it! Stays put and builds up nicely. It is a little crunchy, but that only bothers me if I am naughty and sleep in my makeup, lol. Gonna share with my friends for sure!
Thanks so much, Becca! 😀 I’m glad you like it!
Wow smth new, didn’t try it. Is it comfortable close to the eyelids? Used to experiment with homemade serums and mascaras but only when my favorite nourishing Cherish mascara is over. )) It is very nourishing and hypoalergenic too. Thanks great page
Thank you! 🙂 It’s as comfortable as store-bought mascara if you use it as mascara. But it’s not suitable as eyeliner.