Diy Beauty Products: Homemade Eye Makeup Remover Recipe

To cleanse your eyes of mascara and liner, try using this homemade alternative to name brand eye makeup removers. Ingredients, recipe and instructions on how to use included.

Disputably the most aggravating part of the cleansing regimen, removing eye makeup is nevertheless a step that cannot be skipped. No matter how great your mascara and eyeliner look when you put them on, they will leave you looking like a raccoon if you do not wash them off before bed. Worse yet, not washing away this makeup can be bad for your lashes and eyes. Cosmetics companies sell products designed to wipe away every trace of non-waterproof eye makeup, but their basic recipe is so simple that you need not buy them. Instead, you can make your own and save that money to spend on your favorite beauty-enhancing products.

Why Use Eye Makeup Remover?

The reasons for taking off your eye makeup go far beyond just avoiding dark smudges on your face. It your eyelashes are perpetually coated in mascara, they can become brittle because the product leaches moisture from them. Brittle lashes are prone to breakage, which is an unpleasant fact considering how slowly they grow. Secondly, the delicate eye skin ages easily. Leaving any eye makeup on and allowing it to spread both makes you more prone to wrinkling and shows off preexisting fine lines. Finally, you need to consider the possibility for eye irritation. If your lashes break, there is a gap in the eyes' defense system where dust can easily pass through. If the root of the lashes is constantly coated with mascara, there is the possibility of infection occurring in the lash roots. If your makeup finds its way into the delicate eye area, it can cause irritation or can scratch the eyeball. In short, there is no excuse for risking your appearance and eye health by neglecting to remove you eye makeup.


This recipe is a simple blend of vegetable oils designed to remove non-waterproof mascara and eyeliner without exposing the sensitive eye skin to too much rubbing. The oils first bond with the makeup, allowing it to be wiped away. Secondly, they provide the skin and lashes with a nourishing dose of moisture. Common oils used for eye makeup remover include castor oil, extra virgin olive oil, and canola oil. However, I would suggest either using only grape seed oil or a mixture of it and castor oil in a 2:1 ratio. The reason for this is that it is the safest vegetable oil for cosmetic use because it virtually never causes skin irritation. You may have to shop around to find it, making sure to check both in cooking and cosmetic departments, but it will be worth your effort. As an added bonus, this oil absorbs into skin quickly and does not leave much shine behind.

Equally important for the ingredients list is the type of applicator used. You should never put your bare fingers in the eye makeup removing oil because it is too easy to transfer bacteria in this way. Instead, use the softest cotton balls you can find. These will be dipped into your container to smooth on the oil and will also be used to rub off any remaining makeup. Besides this, you should designate a releasable container that can be sterilized to hold your mixture. Once you have done so by plunging it in boiling water for at least thirty seconds, you can prepare your remover.

Recipe and Usage Guidelines

Since this recipe consists solely of one or two oils, it takes virtually no time to make. If you are using a single oil, simply pour enough of it into your container to fill it. If you are using two kinds, blend together equal amounts of each, stir, and then fill your jar with it. If you would like, you can also add the contents of one capsule of vitamin E to your blend for extra moisturizing power. Cap your container and label it, making sure to include the date that the recipe was made. All vegetable oils go rancid over time, and you should be sure to throw out your cleanser long before this happens. If you are unsure how long to keep it, check the expiration date on the original oil jar.

To use your eye makeup remover, dip a new cotton ball into the mixture and gently rub it over your eyes and lashes. Try your best not to get any oil in the eyes. At best, it will give you blurry vision for a few minutes, but at worst it can cause eye irritation. After allowing the oil to set for a few seconds, use another cotton ball dampened with pure water to clear away the oil and makeup. Repeat until no traces are left on your eyes.

Keep in mind that this recipe will not work if you are wearing waterproof eye makeup. Also, you should consult your doctor before using this or any other cosmetics around the eyes if you are prone to irritation or infections. No matter what, you should stop using this makeup remover if it causes stinging, redness, or any other problems. While the ingredients listed are generally safe, they can affect some people adversely.

The greatest benefit of making this recipe is that it cancels out the excuses most of us use for not washing off our makeup. It is affordable; in fact, you probably already have everything you need in your kitchen cabinets. It is simple; there is no cooking, confusing measuring, or long list of instructions. It is fast; in about a minute, you can thoroughly remove every trace of mascara and eyeliner. So try out this wonderful homemade recipe and leave the days of raccoon eyes behind you.

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