Sultry Bedroom Eyes

I pretty much can’t leave my home without eyeliner everyday.  If I do, I feel completely naked.

While I’m a eyeliner lovah, I keep peepers protected with clean, non-toxic eyeliner (who really wants toxins so close to the windows of their soul?).   I use something that isn’t even eyeliner.  I use some little magic pills that relieve your tummy of gas.  Charcoal. For reals.

If you stroll your pharmacy aisles you’ll find bottles of activated charcoal sitting right next to good ol’ milk of magnesia. Activated charcoal comes in tablets and in capsules.

To get a sultry, soft smudge moisten a flat edged eye brush in water and dab on a charcoal tablet and line eye.  To get a more defined and concentrated dark line (as Lindsey Wixson pictured above), get your favorite eyeliner brush really wet and swirl on the tablet or charcoal powder from an opened capsule (think of how you used watercolors when you were a kid) and line eyes.

Who knew that indigestion could be oh, so sexy and healthy?  Leave it to Cleopatra.



  1. Awesome idea! Does it stay on well? And what’s the go on eye safety?

    • Anna, it is pure charcoal, which is non-toxic. It definitely has staying power and what is even better is that a little goes a long way. I’ve had my bottle for two years. You don’t have to worry about shelf life.

  2. Love this!!!!

  3. Rhonda Hylton says:

    Awesome. I get this in powdered form to use in a few beauty recipes I have. Nice to have a new use for it.

  4. Genius. Love this, thanks girl!!

  5. Wow! Awesome. I always wondered how my sorority sister did it after she came back from studying abroad in India. Ha, I know her secret and will use it now! XOXO. Any tips on natural brow powder/liner?

  6. 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 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!