Vibrant & Colorful DIY Gel Eyeshadows

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I don’t know about you ladies, but my makeup collection is incomplete without a beautiful selection of vivid eyeshadows. These wonderful little DIY gel eyeshadows were probably the easiest of all of my makeup projects to make.

Generally, DIY makeup recipes are hard. Products have to look a certain way on the skin. Formulating something that looks both beautiful and professional is a challenge. But this gel eyeshadow is so simple that absolutely anyone could make it. Yet they are so durable and long-lasting as well. What’s not to like?

3 diy gel eyeshadow's of different colors sit together


The vibrancy of this homemade gel eyeshadow is huge. When we’re talking in terms of how strong a makeup product’s pigments are, we use the phrase ‘color payoff’. With this product, that payoff is very high!

Don’t get me wrong, I wouldn’t use such strong colors on my eyes for everyday use, generally, I go with my powder eyeshadows. But I know I’ll reach for a bold and out-there eyeshadow for special occasions. If that sounds like you, you’ll adore them!

And you get all this for just two ingredients. Yes, that’s it, just two simple ingredients. I wasn’t joking when I said this DIY gel eyeshadow recipe was easy. In fact, the hardest part is getting it into the tube!

What Ingredients Am I Using & Why

Aloe Vera

Aloe vera gel is a clear gel that comes from the aloe plant leaf. It’s absolutely packed full of skin healing goodness!

Aloe vera is widely known for its skin healing benefits, but did you know that it is also great for your eyes too? It’s used often to repair damaged skin around the eyes, as well as to reduce puffiness or redness, and alleviate dryness and irritation. 

Aloe vera is full of natural minerals, vitamins, and antioxidants. This makes it an obvious choice for DIY makeup, especially eyeshadow products. I’m using a simple gel aloe vera for this recipe, but there are some great infused aloe vera gels around such as cucumber or seaweed. This will make your DIY glel eyeshadows a mini spa treatment at the same time!  


The key pigment in this recipe is mica. Depending on the type you use, it can lend a high vibrancy and shimmer to the eyeshadow. I had a great time mixing and matching to find my favorites! 

You can pick them up quite cheaply, and the variety of colors is jaw dropping. Get yourself a little set of different powdered mica and you can mix and match to your heart’s content.

I’m keeping things simple here, and only using one mica at a time. But you could mix to create a custom shade. Use your creativity and come up with some seriously funky colors!

The mica can also be substituted for cosmetic glitter if you want to try a glitter eyeshadow instead. Just make sure that you use cosmetic glitter rather than craft glitter as this is not safe for your face or eyes. 


A lip gloss container is by far the best way to store the eyeshadow, and it has the added benefits of containing an applicator too. 

If you choose not to use one or you are unable to get hold of any then the gels will keep just as well in a small lip balm-sized jar or tin.

3 diy gel eyeshadow's of different colors sit together

Vibrant & Colorful DIY Gel Eyeshadows

A beautiful DIY gel eyeshadow with high color pay off and smooth application
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Active Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Yield: 17 grams
Author: Angela Wills

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  • Place the aloe vera gel into a mixing beaker
    14 grams Aloe Vera Gel
    Aloe vera gel is measured in a small glass beaker
  • Weigh and add the mica
    3 grams Mica Powders
    Mica is added to the aloe vera gel
  • Stir until fully combined, the mica will not dissolve, but it will fully mix in.
    Then, check the color on the inside of your wrist and adjust if need be. As I mentioned before this will be a bit wet when you first apply it.
    The mixture is stirred
  • Use a syringe or small funnel to fill the lip gloss tube. I found it best to squeeze a little into the tube then give it a couple of taps of the surface and repeat.
    Fill the tube to just over three quarters so that you can fit the lid with the applicator into the tube without it overflowing
    The gel eyeshadow is transferred to the lip gloss tube to store
  • Give the gel a good shake before using
    A green tinted gel eyeshadow

Final Thoughts

Out of all of the DIY eyeshadow recipes, this is definitely the simplest and also creates the most fun colors! So if you want to try something quick and easy that creates a vibrant, long-lasting color then this is the recipe for you.

If you’re looking for a more everyday product, you might be interested to see my cream eyeshadow palette recipe which I’m working on right now and will post next week. you will learn how to make a collection of 3 distinctive yet still cohesive shades to mix and match on your lid for a creative yet more subtle look.

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Author: Angela Wills

Title: Founder and Author - Savvy Homemade

Expertise: Beauty Recipes, Skincare Formulation, Soapmaking, DIY Crafts, Parenting

Angela Wills is an author, founder, and the driving force behind Savvy Homemade. With over fifteen years of experience, she brings a wealth of knowledge and dedication to every post she writes. She is fearlessly dedicated to creating tried and tested beauty recipes, skincare formulations, soap recipes, and many other DIY crafts that will work for everyone. Angela has a Diploma in Skincare Formulation, is a proud member of the Handcrafted Soap & Cosmetic Guild, and infuses each DIY product with her passion and expertise.

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