DIY Beauty: Make Your Own Cream Eyeshadow

by Gio
how to make your own cream eyeshadow tutorial

I’m not a big fan of cream eyeshadows. I have oily lids and cream formulas on me crease faster than you can say “eyeshadow!”

But last week, I accidentally dropped a couple of powder eyeshadow to the ground and they smashed into a thousands pieces. *cries*

I didn’t want to let them go to waste so I rescued what could be rescued and decided to use the broken bits to make my own cream eyeshadows. Here’s how you can do the same, too.

How To Make Your Own Cream Eyeshadows


  • Loose eyeshadows (any pressed eyeshadow that got smashed into a thousand pieces is fine, too)
  • Clear glass or vaseeline
  • Q-tip or spatula
  • Clean container

P.S. You can use intact pressed eyeshadows, too. You’ll just need a scraper to scrape it out of the pan.

WARNING! Before mixing any loose pigment, clear gloss or lip balm, make sure they are approved for use around the eyes. A quick way to do this is to compare their ingredient lists with those of your eye products. If you find any ingredients in a lip balm that aren’t used in any of your eyeshadows/primers/eyeliners etc, don’t risk it.


  1. Clean the container you’ll use to house your new cream eyeshadow well. Yes, even if it’s brand new. You never know where it’s been and you don’t want to risk anything nasty ending up in your eyes.
  2. Once the container is dry, mix the eyeshadow with either a clear gloss or vaseline. Just keep adding the ingredients until you get your desired consistency.
  3. Stir well to get rid of all the lumps.

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Have you ever created your own cream eyeshadows? Share your experience in the comments below.



Emi at Project Swatch February 3, 2012 - 4:12 pm

When I break a powder eyeshadow, I just repress it – there are lots of tutorials online.

If I mixed it with something like this, I’d be worried about creasing – it seems like commercial cream eyeshadows have a very different consistency than gloss or balm. But this is definitely intriguing!

beautifulwithbrains February 3, 2012 - 6:52 pm

Emi, I use to repress them too but then I found out this trick and really love the result. But as is the case with most cream eyeshadows, you will need to use a primer to avoid your homemade cream shadow from creasing. But then I always use a primer anyway.

Hafsa February 3, 2012 - 8:59 pm

I love DIY tips on a tonne of things but a cream eyeshadow is one thing I never considered. Fantastic idea, I can’t wait to try it!

beautifulwithbrains February 3, 2012 - 10:05 pm

Hafsa, it’s a shame this “recipe” is not more commonly known as cream eyeshadows are fun to make and a great way to use broken eyeshadows. πŸ™‚

Lorraine ER February 6, 2012 - 2:41 am

You don’t have any problems with them creasing with your oily lids? Which works best to help avoid the creasing- you mention a few different mixing mediums.

beautifulwithbrains February 6, 2012 - 6:47 am

Lorraine, when I use them on their own, yes, they crease. On me, vaseline works best.

Frak13 February 10, 2012 - 8:29 pm

It’s seems to be a very good trick!!! πŸ˜‰ ciao! πŸ™‚

beautifulwithbrains February 11, 2012 - 7:08 am

Frak13, it’s very nice and handy trick indeed. πŸ™‚

Jessica M Diaz September 6, 2017 - 7:52 pm

My shadows are to oily how dip I fix thGood, thank you.

Gio September 8, 2017 - 9:27 pm

Jessica, I’m not sure I understand what too oily means? If you mean they crease, you need to use an eyeshadow primer. My fave is Too Faced Shadow Insurance.


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