I recently ran out of eye liner & thought I’d try out an old trick that my grandma taught me about making kohl at HOME! This is what you will need to make it:
- Ghee (clarified butter).
- Cotton wick (made by rolling one end into a point & the rest in a ball shape).
- Diya holder (to put cotton wick in).
- Spoon/Inverted basin either in steel or clay.
- Scraper e.g end of a match stick to scrape the kohl off the spoon or inverted basin.
- Kohl pot (any small container you want to keep the kohl in).
So this is what I did…
- I placed the cotton wick & ghee into a diya holder & lit the wick.
- Hold the spoon above the flame to catch the soot, or place a steel or clay inverted basin above the flame by using stands on the side (e.g. glasses - not something flammable like books!) to hold the basin in place above the flame.
- Add more ghee to the flame, when needed.
- Leave for roughly 1 hour.
- Scrape the soot off your soot collector into your desired kohl holder, with something like the end of a matchstick.
- Slowly add a drop of ghee into the powder.
- Keep doing this until you have a smooth & consistent black paste.
Now, VOILÀ! Your home made kohl is ready! It’s a very DARK black & looks amazing on! I will post a picture of how it looks like this week for you dolls
- You can apply the kohl with a COTTON BUD or Q-TIP.
- Make sure enough OXYGEN gets to the flame.
- Keep an eye on the ghee within the diya holder, you don’t want the flame to go OUT!
- If the ghee is looking low, just ADD MORE as you go along.
- Your soot collector will be VERY HOT, so please, PLEASE, don’t touch it straight away! Leave it to cool for 10-20 minutes.
- The process can get MESSY when you’re scraping the soot, so be prepared!
- You can apply this DRY onto your eyes without adding the ghee at the end, just make sure it’s COOL before you do!
- You can swap the ghee & cotton wick for an ALMOND, but I haven’t tried it personally!
- The ghee & also be swapped for CASTER OIL, but I haven’t tried that personally either!
P.S - I will try the alternative methods too & give you a run down on how it goes