Hey y’all! Today I thought I’d share part of my make-up routine- eyeliner and mascara! It’s kind of a no-brainer, but I know a video like this would have been helpful for me 7 years ago when I started wearing make up. πŸ˜› Charcoal is super inexpensive (since it hardly takes any) and healthy for you, so why not use it for make up? πŸ™‚

Anyway, here is a 6.5 minute video about painting your eyes. πŸ™‚ Please forgive the out-of-focus-ness… still figuring that part out! πŸ˜› Yes, I’m a mumbler, yes this is super close to my imperfect face… real life, folks. πŸ™‚

What do y’all think? Is that too weird? Ever used charcoal for eyeliner? Do you even wear eyeliner?

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73 thoughts on “Charcoal Eyeliner”

  1. I can't wear black eyeliner, no matter how light I put it on (my eyes and lashes are so dark that it looks really bold)…. I use dark green. I wonder if there's a way to dye or pigment the charcoal?

    1. You might could try mixing a teeeeny bit of charcoal with some green powdered stevia for a lighter eyeliner. I've also seen a youtube where you burn and grind an almond and use that. It's a brownish color instead of midnight black. πŸ™‚

  2. Hi, Madeline Hunt told me about your blog….and it is amazing! You are so encouraging in modesty!
    I love this! I can only do "light with the eyeliner" (if any at all), but it's great for my sister when she gets a little older; and I'm planning on being a non-profeshional make-up artist!

  3. Very interesting! I have never really worn eyeliner until now, because black always looks so bold, and brown wouldn't match with my mascara(I am trying navy right now). I love natural stuff though, so maybe this would work better for me! πŸ™‚

    P.S. You are so pretty, and I loved hearing you on video for the first time!

  4. This is great! I've been using black eyeshadow as an eyeliner, which doesn't work too badly, but I may give this a try, because it's probably better for me to be putting on my eyes, and I really like the look!

    Any chance of you doing any other makeup tutorials?(:


  5. I'm not really sure if I'm allowed to wear make up yet. My parents don't really encourage it unless it is really needed. When did you start wearing it?

    1. I started wearing mascara and coverup to church when I was 13.5, and mascara daily when I was 14. Eyeliner when I was 16. I don't know when I would have been allowed to wear eyeshadow and stuff, since I never have really gotten too into it. I'll wear it in the evenings sometimes.

  6. That was neat Olivia! I really liked getting to watch a pro put on eyeliner. My mom bought my sis and I a whole set a make up brushes, but I never knew how to use the eyeliner ones.. now I know! πŸ™‚
    Is that Willa recording? It was funny to see her everyonce in a while in the mirror. πŸ˜‰ Thanks for the vid! I'm so going to dig out my charcoal and try this… like now! πŸ˜‰

    1. Oh no! I hope she gets to feeling better… well, my adventure with the charcoal wasn't very successful, but I suppose it's something that gets better with practices… and maybe a thinner brush. I did use it as a mascara, though! It was more natural looking than the product kind… so, that was kind of fun! πŸ™‚

  7. How cool is that! Never thought of using activated charcoal as eyeliner. I'm going to try this! Sounds so much healthier! πŸ™‚ Loved the video! Thanks for sharing!

  8. This is a great idea! Have you ever made mascara with charcoal? You just mix it with aloe-vera gel and then put it in an old mascara bottle. I've never tried it but my friend likes it!

    I know this is really wierd, but you don't sound at all like I imagined you would:D


    1. I have plans to try that mascara when I finish mine off next time. πŸ˜€

      "Is that my voice? Is that MY voice?!"~ Eezma from Emperors New Groove. πŸ˜‰ Yeah, I don't sound on video like I think I sound in person. My voice translates really deeply. πŸ˜›

  9. This was SUPER helpful! I don't wear a lot of makeup in general, because I am still pretty "young" haha :), but I might have to try this sometime!
    Thank you!


    P.S. Where do you usually get your activated charcoal?

  10. Great video! I didn't know it was that easy to make eyeliner. I had heard about using activated charcoal before but I thought more ingredients needed to be added. I really like the idea of using coconut oil to make it more waterproof. I'm definitely going to try this soon.

  11. Hi Olivia!

    I don't really use eyeliner… I'm more of a just-foundation kinda gal πŸ™‚

    I was wondering – I just entered a scholarship for CollegePlus, but I need votes to win it. Would it be okay for me to post a link to my video entry? Could you do a quick post on Fresh Modesty about my scholarship entry?

    Thank you so much, and I read your blog every week (my favorites are Awesome/Awkward Thursdays)

    Katherine Nicks (a.k.a. Kate Singer)

  12. I'd love to try this! I love eyeliner because mascara and I don't get along, but I need something to make me not look like a sleep-deprived zombie. Regular black stick eyeliner is a bit too bold for me, but brown is too light for my eyelashes, so I'm thinking the charcoal would be perfect, not to mention the good-for-you aspect. It was great to see how you do the underlash thing…I've read about it, but could never figure out how to do it, so that was quite helpful.

    Also, I didn't know you could drink the stuff. O.o Interesting.

    Incidentally, do you suppose one could use an artist's charcoal pencil? We have a few of those lying around….

  13. Hello, I was wondering if activated charcoal is bad for your skin/ or if it got in your eyes does it sting? -Betsy

    1. Charcoal is really good for you, it has "drawing out" properties and whisks bad bacteria away. Google says not to get it in your eye, but it didn't hurt me when I got it in my eye during the video πŸ˜›

  14. Loved the video! I was wondering if you could to a blog post on your daily face routine… showing how you clean your face and what make-up products you use?? Thanks for all your posts, I love reading them!!! πŸ™‚

  15. Wow, Great tutorial! I'm going to have to try that sometime, I just use Revlon brown eyeliner. I have pretty tan skin and dark hair and eyes, so black makeup never really looks good on me, though. Do you know of a way to make it any lighter?

    1. Same for me…. I really only watched it to hear your voice 'grins with cheeky look'
      BTW. I saw your sister with the camera on the mirror πŸ™‚

      I think that in person, I would prefer less eyeliner though (but, that is just me, everyone is different).

      Sayna (3rd oldest of 8 children)

  16. I really enjoyed your video! That is a great idea, and is a much better alternative to store bought eyeliner! I wear mostly just mascara, no foundation or concealer here! Also, thanks for all of your cute outfit ideas! My sister and I are doing a skirt challenge, if you want to check it out. Thanks, Olivia!

    P.S. My baby sister's name is Olivia, too! Blessings

  17. How neat! You are so beautiful! Your face looks amazing. It's neat to hear your voice. You talk very similarly to how you write. (Which I think is a good thing. You're not fake when you write.)
    What a neat idea. Thanks for sharing!


  18. Neat! I had never thought of using charcoal before…but it sure sounds a lot better for your skin than the stuff you buy at the store πŸ™‚ Thank you so much for sharing this!

  19. Wow! Thanks for the video/tutorial!
    I am excited to find out about using charcoal for eyeliner (and mascara!?!)

    I have used a (flat) charcoal artist's pencil for my eyebrows for years. It matches my brow color, is simple to use, and has lasted about seven years (comparing to six months of ever sharpening the pasty eyebrow pencils!) To sharpen it, or refresh the tip, I just shave away a little with my Olfa knife.

    I don't wear much makeup. Prefering a simple, natural, ladylike look. But I do enjoy learning techniques for when I "dress up"… or need to camouflage tiredness! =)

    I've never worn lipstick, (only Burt's Bee's lip balm, or gloss) it always seems to artificial, cakey or glittery. I'm wondering about lip stain. What do you use?

    Please share more makeup tips sometime!
    Thank you for keeping a feminine, modest approach!

    (And Thank You! to your sister for recording! You both did a fabulous job!)


  20. I must have missed the memo about Christians wearing makeup. I can see that I'm the only one to comment negatively about it… but that doesn't bother me. I have more imperfections than anyone I know, but I'm not ashamed of the body that God gave me, and while I try my best to keep my face clean and healthy looking, nothing will ever bring me to wear makeup of any kind, because I believe that God wants His girls to be natural-looking. Apparently the world is changing the standards of being a Christian, but God never changes.

  21. very interesting! I've never heard of that before! I just have been using the $1 e.l.f. eyelinner from target! πŸ™‚
    where do you get your charcoal from?

    p.s. so cool to actually "see" and "hear" you πŸ™‚ lol thanks for the video!

  22. I'm wondering if you ever think about your blog and the heavy emphasis on you as being vain. This isn't a criticism, but it seems self-centered to have a blog dedicated to so many pictures of self. It's almost asking for people to stroke you.

    1. I think about it all the time. I've almost stopped blogging several times because it does seem immodest to be posting so many pictures of myself. But then I'll get an email from a mother of a distressed-about-clothes daughter who has been encouraged by my example and suddenly it's a risk I'm willing to take. I write, read, and re-write every post trying to take the focus off of myself and put it on Christ~ You wouldn't believe how much rewriting I do trying to figure out how to say stuff in a way which isn't talking about ME and my stuff so much as it is talking about the outfit or the sermon or other such topic. I've never advertised, since I feel really silly saying, "HEY! come look at my blog! It's 352 pictures of me!" πŸ˜› I just let those encouraged by it share it so that others may likewise be encouraged that it is possible to dress modestly in a non-frumpy way. πŸ™‚
      Also, that's part of the reason behind the "Friends of Fresh Modesty" posts I've started doing– getting the focus off picture after picture of me and instead showing that modesty is a world-wide thing. πŸ™‚
      so, yeah. Hope this didn't come across as if I'm trying to defend myself- I'm just sharing my heart since I know that sometimes it's hard for that to be portrayed accurately online. πŸ˜‰

    2. That would definitely be hard, Olivia! (to butt in on a conversation.) I think you're doing a good job and the Friends on Fresh Modesty idea was a good one. πŸ™‚

    3. Just wanted to say I've been reading your blog for years – and I never saw you as being selfish! You always give glory to the Lord and I love that. You're encouraging to me and so many other sisters in Christ. Keep up the great work!

  23. Activated charcoal is also great for brushing your teeth…gets them clean and white. πŸ™‚ I've been using it for that, but never thought to use it for makeup! *heads to bathroom to try this novel idea!*

  24. Hi Olivia,

    I stopped by after reading your interview's on Natasha's blog. I'm so glad to see yet another young lady blogger who dress modestly, yet doesn't look like she's jumping out of Jane Austen novels! (I love Jane Austen stories, but you know what I mean, I read the Bible, but I don't want to dress like women in the Bible in this year of 2012!)

    And I agree about what you said on the interview about layering. I do it all the time to avoid many oops moments (especially when I'm bending down), sort of modest-ifying what I've already had in my closet.

    Visit me:
    LeeAnne, Style N Season

  25. That was a very creative idea, Olivia! πŸ™‚ I don't usually wear makeup, but I love to play around with it and experiment with new things. Maybe I'll try this someday! πŸ™‚

    Mary Kate (www.21stcenturygirls-mk.blogspot.com)

  26. Wow, Olivia, you sound like me. I love coming up with cheap ways to do "expensive" things. I don't wear make-up, but if I did, charcoal is an incredible idea! Ever paint your toenails with gel pens??? πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ It works.

    Keep on posting!

    Blessing from another country gal,


  27. You are NOT vain and you have no idea how helpful this is to me. You should have seen the ugly, but still "modest" way I used to dress before I started reading your blog – and before I was saved, your blog didn't do it all πŸ™‚ But it sure helps!


  28. Yes I have to agree with many of your readers I think your blog is not self centered like many other modest fashion blogs. Instead of talking about yourself you do put the focus back to Christ. Thanks for that example to us your readers. Keep doing what you are doing which is serving Christ which definately I believe can be done through modesty blogs. πŸ™‚ also I love this video and it was helpful to me as a new eyeliner user. πŸ™‚

  29. I hope to not wear make up and still be beautiful. One thing I've noticed amoung the make up free ladies of my church is that they can pass for younger than they are. Yes, we may be plain, but we believe that we're supposed to be. As a married woman, let me encourage you ladies that men would rather see your face as God made it, without all the paint. Every man I know feels that way. As Jordan from Blimey Cow says "If people don't like you for who you really are, they're not worth worrying about." or something like that πŸ™‚

  30. I enjoyed the video. I enjoy seeing how others do things. I use eyeshadow for eyeliner because it defines, yet is softer than actual eyeliner.

  31. Before I address my comment, I would like to address the person who asked if you could use regular charcoal briquets. The answer is emphatically NO! The two are very different with the briquets having toxic ingredients. Use only activated charcoal and sterile water, not faucet water, to avoid bacterial issues.

    My sensitive eyes are rarely in top condition. With very light, short eyelashes and a lot of eyelid real estate, I am drawn to eye makeup to enable those around me not to go screeching into the night, cursed with nightmares forever. My eyes used to be able to handle anything, but as I age, 57 now, they, as I (LOL), have become picky as to what touches them.

    So, tonight I was on an internet search trying to find the perfect eyeliner for sensitive eyes. Some suggested such as Bobbi Brown, Almay, Clinique, and Physician’s Formula I have already tried with no luck, although I could wear Almay self-sharpening silver-cased pencil the longest, i.e., day after day with removal at night.

    Then I found this sight, and others like it, promoting activated charcoal as eyeliner. The recipes varied somewhat. So I ran to Walgreen’s and bought a bottle of 260mg capsules of activated charcoal. I had a couple of pots of Bobbi Brown gel liner that I emptied and cleaned, one for black and one for brown (using cocoa powder – another recipe I found). First I tried the 1/2 t aloe vera juice and 1/4 t of coconut oil to 1 capsule of activated charcoal (or 1/2 t cocoa for the brown). Had to nuke the oil for about 6 seconds to allow the dry ingredient to mix in. Excited, went to the bathroom to apply the liquid concoction. Tried the cocoa and couldn’t get it to stick to my dry, clean eyes. Cleaned and dried eye. Then applied the charcoal. It went on, but found it was thin and greasy. Thought I’d wear it for awhile to see what happened. My eyes slowly began to get irritated. So, I washed the first batch off my eyelids and emptied and cleaned the eyeliner concoction pots for the second experiment. After learning I didn’t want oil in the concoction to allow it to melt into my eyes nor aloe vera juice to introduce another foreign substance into my eyes, I used probably 1/2 t of distilled water to 2 capsules of activated charcoal (I didn’t try the cocoa yet). It mixed in easily. Excited once again, I ran into the bathroom, and, using a clean eyebrow brush, I lightly dipped into the pot then onto the back of my hand to dispel the excess, then applied, using the one dip, to both eyes. It brushed on smoothly. I made a placement mistake, and this dries fairly quickly, so I rinsed the brush under clear water, blotted it on a tissue, and then brushed the mistake away. I also found that the liner can be toned down, once dry, using a very slightly damp/almost dry brush, brushing over the top of the liner. I have not figured out how to smudge it, if it is even possible.

    It has been 2 hours and my eyes feel as though there is nothing on them. YAY! They felt great immediately after application, unlike when using the coconut oil/aloe vera recipe.
    I hope this helps others with the sensitive eye thing going on! PLUS! The cost savings is going to be great! YAY! You can thank me by checking out The Itsy Bitsy Spider On The Farm at littlebooksalive.com. Great little book for 2-4 year old tykes! Took time out from illustrating book #2, The Itsy Bitsy Spider And The Fat Fly, to write this. Had to share my findings on the eyeliner recipes! Merry Christmas!

  32. Hi Olivia,
    I have been "following" your blog for about a year now, and this is the first time I've ever commented. I really appreciate all the beautiful, classy, and modest outfits you put together. I also appreciate the makeup videos. I'm 16, and I like to wear makeup, as pretty much every girl I know does. But I have often wondered if I should. Your explanation has helped me greatly. I do have one question. What brand and color nail polish are you wearing? I love muted colors like that, and it looks so classy on you.
    Thank you again for all that you do.


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