DIY Beauty: Homemade Mixing Medium

by Gio
how to make your own mixing medium tutorial

Before the gods of makeup created Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy, you had to use MAC Mixing Medium to foil loose eyeshadows. It has cult following because it makes eyeshadows look SO vibrant. Plus, it helps them adhere better to your lids too.

What’s the secret ingredient that makes this magic trick possible? Glycerin and water. Yep, it’s that simple.

You know what that means? You can easily make your own mixing medium at home. Here’s how:

How To Make Your Own Mixing Medium


  • 1 part liquid glycerin (you can get it at your local pharmacy)
  • 3 parts water
  • A bowl
  • A spoon
  • A small funnel
  • An empty bottle


  • Pour the glycerin and the water in a bowl and stir
  • Pour the mixture into an empty (and clean) bottle

Yes, it’s that easy!

P.S. Anything that has water is a breeding ground for bacteria. Make enough mixing medium to last you only a few short days. Break this rule, and you’ll soon find tiny little black dots (hello, bacteria!) swimming in it.

P.P.S. Even if the bottle is new, wash it anyway. You never know where its’ been and trust me, you do want to go the extra mile to avoid bacteria contamination.

Related: How To Make And Store Homemade Beauty Products Safely

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Icaria November 16, 2013 - 10:28 am

Oh this is smart and so inexpensive. I know that to transform an eye shadow into eyeliner there are some eye makeup removers you can use, the ones with no oils of course. I’ve tried it and it works quite well. 🙂

beautifulwithbrains November 17, 2013 - 7:10 pm

Icaria, I had never heard of that. I will have to try it now. 🙂

Janessa November 19, 2013 - 5:22 am

Ooo. I like this post a lot! I’d definitely try this out when I have time but sadly (and happily that I have lots of art to make) I don’t have time in the near future. I would pay for a product already formulated for me as opposed to making my own for the sake of sanitary purposes because I doubt I’d use it up fast enough but I still want to try it anyways. Someday!

beautifulwithbrains November 24, 2013 - 10:30 pm

Janessa, I prefer to buy products too, but it’s nice to know how to make your own. That way, if you need a product for just one or two looks, you can make it yourself rather than rush to the shop to buy something you won’t use often. 🙂

Trish Becker July 21, 2018 - 12:04 pm

I use a professional mixing liquid for mic powders in my face painting business. To my horror I realize that the cap has come off and Spilled all of it out just before I left for an event this morning. Have to order it and knew that there is no possibility of that happening so I Googled a do-it-yourself remedy and thank God I happened upon your site! And you think that I’ve been sitting on a whole bottle of Glycerin all this time but paying high-dollar for a tiny bottle of mixer. Your recipe worked perfectly. It came up in conversation with a parent today and she had heard of a similar recipe but added that a couple of drops of vitamin E oil will actually lengthen the shelf life of your mixer. Honestly, you made my day!

Gio July 28, 2018 - 6:40 pm

Trish, aww thank you! So so glad it helped.

Rakhi November 22, 2018 - 6:25 am

Hi Gio, my name is Rakhi and I am doing a post (for my blog) on how to use water, makeup fixer and mixing liquids to create eyeliner out of eyeshadows. I thought your post was incredible and I will definitely making my own mixing medium (particularly since they’re not easily available here in India). I wanted to ask your permission to post the link to this DIY article within my post. Please let me know. Thank you and I’m a fan!

Gio November 23, 2018 - 12:44 pm

Rakhi, thanks for your support. So glad you enjoyed the post. Yes, you can definitely link to my pots, thanks!


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