January 20, 2017 at 7:39 am #18741
So I love Marie’s recipe for mascara. However, I’m a bit obsessed with cake mascara — it’s easy to travel with, it’s hygienic, and it’s super customizable based on how thick or thin you like your eyeliner and mascara to be. So I tweaked her recipe a bit to make something resembling a dry cake that you activate with water. But I don’t want it to dry out and become flaky either.
I’m currently on test 1 using this recipe (the color change is only because I prefer a soft black):
2g | refined beeswax
1g | e-wax
1g | v-glycerine
0.5g | castor oil
0.5g | jojoba oil
6g | 99% isopropyl alcohol
1/2 tsp | kaolin
1/2 tsp | brown iron oxide
1/2 tsp | black iron oxide
0.1g | preservative
I melted it all together and poured it (as best I could) into a parchment paper lined tin and waited for it to solidify before I used a wet eyeliner brush to apply to my eyes. It’s not totally dry yet from making it — I could smell som alcohol still in the formula when I was applying it. I imagine it would take another day or so to dry out completely into a cake.
Now I’m just wearing and waiting to see how it performs today! Will keep you posted.January 20, 2017 at 7:46 am #18743
Here’s the eyeliner and mascara right after applying:January 20, 2017 at 8:21 am #18745CristieParticipant
You possess an awful lot of eyelashes. I’m shaking my jealous fist in the air looking at your photo!
I haven’t made the mascara yet, nor do I even know what cake mascara is but your lashes look good.
I consider mascara to be that one beauty item I could never live without and really should make up a twenty year stash of it. Just in case!January 20, 2017 at 8:45 am #18746
I’m impressed with how well she puts eyeliner on with a brush! I really will need to practice this skill. I’m hoping to make a mascara and eyeliner this weekend.January 20, 2017 at 9:25 am #18753
Christie: I posted a link for “How to Use Cake Mascara” (it’s one of the original mascaras from the 1920s) in the top post.
Belinda: I think using a skinny eyeliner brush (looks like the lead of a mechanical pencil) is easiest, but some people think the angled brushes are easiest. Just gotta find which one you like and practice!
UPDATE: The lower lash mascara smudged onto my lower lids a bit, but honestly what else it new? I’ve never had a mascara, store-bought, waterproof, smudge-proof, or otherwise, that didn’t smudge off my lower lashes. The curse of having super-long lower lashes. If I rub my finger on the eyeliner, it smudges onto my finger a teeny tiny bit, but after scrunching up my face over and over I don’t see any cracking yet. Maybe a little less castor oil (more like 0.25g?) would make it smudge a tiny bit less? Or more beeswax? Thinking on it.January 20, 2017 at 10:39 am #18754
This blonde is pouring over the short lashes she has. So unfair!January 20, 2017 at 10:57 am #18761
So far, no smudging or flaking! I’m thinking the next batch will add a tad more beeswax (like 0.5g?) to make a stiffer dry formula (so it doesn’t rub off on my fingers). Thinking…January 20, 2017 at 12:17 pm #18765
It still looks good! And I don’t know of any mascara that doesn’t smudge or flake either. I usually have to go in at some point with a q-tip and clean up a bit around my eyes, especially underneath.
I like that lip color you’re wearing. Did you make it?January 20, 2017 at 12:19 pm #18766January 20, 2017 at 12:24 pm #18768
It’s beautiful! I’d wear that color! I really love my pinks. It looks much lighter on the website than it does on you.January 20, 2017 at 3:03 pm #18782PennyParticipant
I like how a new question we need to ask is, “did you make it?” When it comes to anything cosmetic! Need to learn how to draw a line!January 20, 2017 at 4:49 pm #18795
Lol more like, “How did you adapt it?”January 20, 2017 at 8:11 pm #18853
End of the day, a bit of smudging from my bottom lashes still, but still expected. Almost no flaking, and quite water resistant, even when scrubbing my face (but I did still look like a scary zombie raccoon when my face got wet). Took a round of washcloth + cleansing balm to get it all off, so yay for that 🙂 better hot yoga staying power! It’s almost what I want it to be, I’d just love it to set faster on my skin instead of being smudge-able for the first few hours. Going to cut back the castor oil to 0.25g in my next experiment and maybe increase the wax. Advice, ideas? More beeswax, add cendelilla wax, leave it as it is?January 20, 2017 at 8:15 pm #18854
Hmm, perhaps increase candelilla wax. Reduce castor oil slightly. That together would give you stiffness and less liquid, but would it dry quicker? I’m trying to think what in regular mascara makes it dry quickly and what’s our better alternative.January 20, 2017 at 9:26 pm #18860
I was reading on the Beauty Brains about the typical ingredients in store bought mascara. Beeswax, Ozokerite (type of paraffin wax), shellac!, and stearic acid. It said these ingredients make mascara waterproof and smudgeproof. So, I thought maybe stearic acid….do you have any? I add it to creams to thicken them. It’s worth a try, if you have it or maybe a combination candelilla and stearic. I’d definitely drop the castor oil amount, like Cyn said, and use the candelilla or try a bit of stearic acid. I can’t come up with anything that would make it dry faster, except maybe blowdrying it😜
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