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  • #18511
    Penny
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    Hello! Good morning! My xanthan gum just arrived and I’m looking at making some of the gel eyeliner recipes. But before I do, I figured I’d ask!

    Any suggestions or helpful hints before I begin?

    #18513
    BelindaSK
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    Marie’s right about the clumping issue. I used Xanthan gum once to thicken a homemade flax seed gel and it clumped like crazy! Add it veeeeery sloooooowly, a little bit at a time, and stir, stir, stir the whole time. It will probably still clump but keep stirring. Smashing the clumps sometimes helps. Good luck making goo! Haha!

    What colors are you making? Can’t wait to see what you create!

    #18514
    Penny
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    I found the recipes with melting magnesium, making a larger batch (at least x5 the original recipe) makes it much easier and I just stash the stuff I don’t use for later. Do you think it might be easier to make a larger amount and use an electric mixer instead of a small amount and a whisk? Make a bunch of colours and toss the left overs?

    #18523
    BelindaSK
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    It might! The last time I used Xanthan gum, I mixed it with an immersion blender in water for a body butter. That worked great and in seconds flat, I had a bunch of gel. I’m guessing a mixer will have the same affect. A bigger batch would definitely make it easier to handle.

    #18524
    BelindaSK
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    Tossing would probably be better than keeping, even if preserving. Just as a precaution to keep your eyes safe.

    #18529
    Cynnara
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    Immersion blender is your friend with xantham and guar gum. I cook gluten free. Add in small amounts, pulse, add more, pulse, etc. You can create a bigger base, then separate to make multiple colours. Plus tossing is good with leftovers.

    Another thing you can do is put it in a shaker, like for herbs and coarse salt. Then sprinkle it out a bit at a time to prevent clumping while whisking.

    #18538
    Penny
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    I think I’ll do the immersion blender route tomorrow. I’ve a lot of little containers for eye liners and figure, I can do all the colours of the rainbow now, and chuck the rest. Well, after I out out a call to say, “who wants some?”.

    #18561
    Misty
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    I haven’t worked with it yet, but I did read about the gummy issues and have ordered a milk frother to help. Will post when I try it out.

    #25752
    genevievechl
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    Anyone have any success stories with the gel eyeliner? Any comparisons on the oil based eyeliner versus gel-based eyeliner?

    #26608
    genevievechl
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    Ok, so for those who still periodically check this forum from time to time. I have made both creamy oil-based eyeliner and gel eyeliner and I much prefer the gel version with xanthan gum. Particularly with the purple recipe, it shows up as purple with the xanthan gum recipe while it shows more muddy red in the oil-based. It is far easier to make too and is more economically friendly, all good things. Anyone on the fence about which one to make, I would suggest gel version over oil.

    #26674
    kittenspawn
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    Agreed!
    (I just FOUND the forum, so HA!)
    I recall Marie commenting about how the gel is like ‘watercolors’ and I couldn’t agree more. A slightly wet brush on the same color combo in gel VS creme gives me much higher payout. I do, however, loves the creme liner as a sort of creme eyeshadow.

    #27693
    BelindaSK
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    Good to know! The gel one sounds like it would adhere better, too, especially to my oily skin. Thanks for the update!

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