How to Make Cocoa Powder Eye Shadow {DIY Make-Up}

use cocoa powder as eye shadow

Most make up is full of chemicals. I buy the most natural make up I can find. But it can be expensive.

I recently stumbled upon the fact that some foods can be used as make up! This is usually super frugal and relatively easy too.

One of the simplest methods for creating an all-natural eye shadow is to use cocoa powder!

If you like to wear brown eye shadow, then give this a try.

Of course, be careful not to get cocoa powder in your eye! Remove immediately if any allergic reaction occurs.

How to use Cocoa Powder as Eye Shadow:

Use straight: Pour a little cocoa powder in a small jar or dish and apply with a cotton ball, q-tip, or make-up brush.

To make eye shadow a lighter brown add a small amount of arrowroot powder . This will also make the eye shadow smoother, and easier to apply.

To make eye shadow a darker brown, add a small amount of activated charcoal

If you are just starting out with homemade make up. This is a perfect place to start!

Need more ideas? Check out these wonderful eBooks:

Make Your Own Make Up from Organic Food or Minerals by Health Extremist

Is on sale for 50% off right now! 


100 Recipes for Homemade, chemical free, make up!

DIY Organic Beauty Recipes by Mommypotomaus


DIY Organic Beauty Recipes includes over 50 All-Natural, Toxin Free Recipes and access to exclusive video tutorials.

What make up essentials would you like to learn to make?

This post was originally published on Apr 8, 2014

This post contains affiliate links.

This is Day 25 in the 31 Days of Natural Beauty Series

Share this post:


  1. Fun! How long does it last?

  2. I really wonder it’s answer too…


  1. […] a darker, deeper tone, try adding cocoa powder (you can use this to make eye shadow […]

  2. […] 23: 20 DIY All-Natural Face Cleanser Recipes Day 24: Why Natural Hair Care is Important  Day 25: How to Use Cocoa Powder as Eye Shadow Day 26: 10 DIY Body Butter Recipes Day 27: DIY Natural Blush with Hibiscus Day 28: Day 29: Day […]