Kohl eyes. Part 1.

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).
  • Matches.
  • 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 :)

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4 Responses to Kohl eyes. Part 1.

  1. surbhi says:

    Awww. I remember this. Baaaa <3

  2. Kaushal says:

    I know, right? :)

  3. chastity says:

    can you use visine to make it pasty or it has to be ghee what will make it stay on longer?

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