In the Lab: DIY Hair Mascara – Eyeshadow and Gel!

So my hair color is…not consistent. 😉 My natural color is a mixture of dark brown, medium brown, auburn, and copper. I have sandy sections in the summer due to the sunlight. Did I mention the few blond hairs that eventually turn gray? Yeah, those are fun. Anyhoo, my hairline has been playing tricks on me for the last year or so. I really thought that I was losing hair until I looked at it really closely in the mirror earlier in the year. As I pinched that section repeatedly, I realized that I was not losing my hair. In fact, there are plenty of strands there (of the baby variety!) – they’re just extremely fine, and extremely light in color. The solution? Hair mascara!

I’ve used hair mascara that you can buy at beauty supply stores, and then realized that brown/black eye mascara works just as well. The only problem is that the hair does not stay soft, and it’s not always easy to wash out. So I decided to see if I could make some myself, because really, it just sounded like fun. And I was bored. And there we have it.


Black/Brown eyeshadow (or whatever color combination works for your hair!)

Hair gel

A bowl for mixing

A utensil for scraping eyeshadow and for mixing

A clean mascara wand

Hair! 😀

1) Scrape out your eyeshadow into a bowl. I blended a “light” black shadow with a light brown shadow to get a brown/black shade. You can use whatever combination you want! :)

Kinda yucky looking, huh? It’ll be alright, I promise. 🙂

2) Grab your gel, and mix enough of it together with your eyeshadow(s) so that it has a slightly muddy consistency. I know “muddy” isn’t the word that you would want to use to describe this, but for me, it was probably the most accurate description! Ha! I used  Isoplus Styling Gel. I needed to find a way to get rid of it anyway.

3) When it’s all mixed up and ready to go, dip your clean mascara wand into the mixture, and proceed to apply it to your hair. If you do have thinning spots, make sure that you fill them all in with the color. Gently, though. If you rake it through, then you just might end up bald. That would not be good! And that applies to all hair mascaras, DIY or store bought. Be careful with your tresses!


And there you have it! Mind you, it’s also super easy to wash out – takes much less effort than it does with regular mascara. If you want to store some for later, I would suggest buying some empty plastic mascara tubes from eBay or from stores that sell supplies/containers to people that make their own cosmetics for personal or commercial use. Please do not re-use old mascara tubes, even if it’s only to be used on your hair. You might be forgetful like me and think that it’s regular mascara. *looks around* Hey, it happens. 😉

10 thoughts on “In the Lab: DIY Hair Mascara – Eyeshadow and Gel!

  1. Reem says:

    i got a couple of questions if you dont mind :3

    1- how long does it last ?
    2- can i substitute gel for anything else ?
    3- does it wash out ?
    4- should i rinse it or leave it to dry ?
    5- if i do a streak will it mess up the rest of my hair ?

    thanks !
    youre a genius 😀 …forgetful genius 😛

    • K. Nicole says:

      Hi there! Not a problem! I’m just not sure how much help I will be! lol

      1. It will last for as long as you need it to…that day. I would recommend washing it out or at least wiping the areas where you used the hair mascara down before you go to bed. I’m pretty sure that it would transfer onto your pillowcases, and you don’t want that! 😀

      2. You probably could! I’ve only used it with one type of gel, but feel free to try out other bases (conditioner, etc.), and if it works out well, please let me know!

      3. Absolutely! It doesn’t take much effort to wash it out. It washes away just like the rest of your hair products would. 😉

      4. Leave it to dry.

      5. Nope! Wait…streaks through your hair? If so, then I’m not sure. You can always try it and see! Just remember that it’s totally easy to wash out if it happens to go awry! 😀

      You’re welcome, and thanks for the questions! Again, if you try another method, please feel free to let me know! Have a great evening! 😀

      • Reem says:

        awesome ! 😀
        thanks a lot for the reply 😀
        ill try out cream or something and ill let you know ^_^ ive always wanted to do it !

        i still dont get how theres no comments on this lol its genius 😛

        • K. Nicole says:

          You’re welcome, and I hope that it turns out well! I look forward to seeing/hearing about your results! 😀

          And thanks! I don’t know why I didn’t try it sooner myself! It’s so easy, honestly, and it’s easy to wash away if it doesn’t turn out right, which is always a plus in my world! And lol @ there not being any comments! 😀 It’s okay! I don’t think that people are checking for my blog like that! lol! I do appreciate your comments, and if you have any other questions, please feel free to ask! (((hugs)))

    • K. Nicole says:

      Okay, I know this was from quite some time ago, but…did I respond? If not (I can’t see from this page! lol), I’m truly sorry! Thank you so much! I truly appreciate it! (((hugs)))

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