How to make a simple eye liner pencil

This eye pencil recipe is super simple to make and offers great coverage.

I like pencil eye liners to be quite soft, as I find them easier to apply and blend out.  However, if you replace the candelilla wax in this formula with more carnauba or beeswax you will achieve a harder finished product which some of you may prefer. 

If making this exact recipe you also have the option of pouring into little jars and applying with a brush.

I’d encourage you to play around with what waxes you like and find the consistency that you like, as everyone is different.

I'm using black iron oxide in this recipe which means that I did have some success with magnetic eye lashes staying put, but do your own experiments with this.

This is an anhyrdrous formula, meaning that you do not need a preservative.  We’d advise a shelf life of 6-12 months, but you can do your own testing.  This may change depending on oil choice.

Remember that you need to stability test and obtain a CPSR before gifting or selling your finished products.

You’ll need:

  • Scales
  • Heat proof beakers
  • Stirring rods
  • A pan and hot plate or double boiler
  • Small dishes or beakers for ingredients
  • Empty eyeliner pencils or jars.
  • PPE – Gloves, mask, apron, hairnet


Phase A

  • 53% Castor Oil
  • 6% Jojoba Oil
  • 9% Carnauba Wax
  • 12% Candelilla Wax

Phase B

  • 9% Stearic Acid

Phase C

  • 10% Mica or pigment

Phase D

  • 1% Vitamin e (Tocopherol 70%)




Recipe for a 20g batch – for phases see above

  • 6g Castor Oil
  • 4g Candelilla Wax
  • 2g Mica or pigment – I used black iron oxide
  • 8g Stearic Acid
  • 8g Carnauba Wax
  • 2g Jojoba Oil
  • 2g Vitamin e (Tocopherol 70%)



  • First adhere to GMP and clean down your workspace and equipment.
  • Weigh out all your ingredients ready in small dishes or beakers.
  • Add your oils and waxes to a beaker and you Stearic acid to another beaker and heat in a pan of about an inch or two of water or in a double boiler until melted.
  • Take off the heat when fully melted and pour your oils and wax mixture into your now liquid stearic acid.
  • Add your coloured mica or pigment (make sure you grind it first to ensure that it is smooth and not grainy and evenly).
  • Mix well until fully incorporated.
  • Once the mixture has cooled to below 40 degrees C, add your vitamin e and mix.
  • Use a syringe or pipette to take up the liquid and insert into an empty pencil casing until it comes out the other end slightly.
  • Lay flat on a clean surface, and stop from rolling away 😉
  • Allow to cool and harden for 1-2 hours. If you have a clean fridge to do this in then this will speed up the process. Do not remove until fully set.
  • Once set, you can clean up the pencil and sharpen one end ready for use.

Congratulations, you’ve made your first eye liner pencils!  To customize, try swapping out the waxes for different consistencies, and change up the colours. Experiment, as that’s what formulating is about 😊

And I hope that you are better at sharpening pencils than me!!



Disclaimer: These formulas and recipes are experiments created for the purpose of sharing on Patreon and YouTube. Revega does not make any claims as to their qualifications or the efficacy of the formulations which are listed here for entertainment purposes and accepts no responsibility for how you use these. We are self-taught and offer these videos from our years of knowledge and experience in making our own cosmetic products.

Remember that if you intend to use one of these formulations for your own product range, do your own research, experiments, adjustments and tests before using, gifting or selling.


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