“Are you sick?”, this is what people tell me when they see me without kajal. I am sure most women have been through something similar.
Kajal has an Arabic origin, but it is said to be in use since 3100 B.C. Egyptians used it as a cure for any eye ailment. Presently, it has become an essential part of grooming and makeup.
With so many brands making different types of kajal, you have a plethora of options to choose from. But do you wish to do something exciting, like making your own kajal at home? If yes, you are in for a treat as we have explained the best ways to make kajal at home in the following article.
Ways to Make Kajal at Home
You would be surprised to know that there are several ways to make qualitative kajal at home. As there are different ingredients required with varying methodology, we have segregated the methods for better understanding.
- Two same-sized bowls
- One steel plate
- Clay oil lamp
Light the lamp and place it on the floor.
Keep the two bowls on both sides of the lamp.
Cover the steel plate with ghee.
Place the plate on the bowls in such a way that both are covered.
Let it sit for at least forty minutes.
The ghee from the steel plate will burn out, leaving the soot behind.
This soot must be transferred and stored in an airtight compartment. Store it in a cool place for more durability.
- Castor oil
- Sandalwood powder
- Cotton cloth
- Metal container
- Clay lamp
Mix a teaspoon of sandalwood powder and castor oil till you get a thick paste.
Take a considerable length of cotton cloth and roll it in the paste.
Place it in the clay lamp and fill it with castor oil.
Take a metal container with a flat surface and put two to three drops of castor oil at its bottom. Spread it evenly.
Fill the container with water and place it over the lamp in such a way that there is a small gap between them.
Light the castor oil-soaked cotton cloth.
Slowly, you will see soot being deposited at the side of the container.
Add more water if required.
Let the lamp burn for an hour or so.
When the flame dies out, lift the container and drain out the hot water.
Flip it upside down and collect the soot once it cools down. You can use a knife in scrapping it off.
Transfer it to a small plastic container.
Add two drops of castor oil to it and blend it well.
Once you get the right consistency, close the lid.
Your homemade kajal is ready to be used.
- One bell-metal plate (Kansa)
- Almond oil
- Cotton pad
- Mustard oil
- Clay lamp
Take five almonds and crush them.
Place the crushed almonds in the cotton pad.
Take two spoons of ajwain on the almonds and close the cotton pad.
Fill the clay lamp with mustard oil and place the cotton pad in it.
Light it once it gets soaked in the oil.
Place the bell-metal plate on the lamp with the help of glasses or any other containers.
Ensure that there is a small gap between the lamp and the plate.
Let it light for a few minutes. It will start depositing black ink on the surface of the plate.
Keep it in place till the mustard oil is exhausted.
Scrape the black ink with a spoon and transfer it to a small container.
Mix some almond oil with it.
Store it in a cool place.
- Two bowls
- Two copper plates
- Ten camphor pellets
Put some camphor on the center of a plate.
Take another plate and place it inverted on the bowls.
Light the camphor.
When the soot gets collected on the inverted plate, scrap it out.
Transfer it to a small container.
How to Make Kajal Long-lasting?
It is necessary for the kajal to be long-lasting and smudge-free. You wouldn’t want it to get smudged in the middle of the day while you are out, would you?
The following tips will help you retain your kajal for hours:
Your kajal application method matters a lot, especially if you want it to last long.
Always wash your face before you start applying it.
Instead of starting from the inner corner of the eye, start from the outer one. As the inner corner might be watery, it can make your kajal pencil wet.
Do not go over two strokes.
Use a White Liner
Before you start applying your kajal, we recommend a white liner on the inner corners of your eyes. This will help it last longer and make your eyes pop.
Place some ice cubes in a cotton cloth and dab them over and around your eyes. This will help in soothing them while reducing any swelling.
Moreover, it will get rid of any oils, making your kajal less susceptible to getting smudged.
Apply some concealer or foundation around your eyes before you get started with kajal. This will make it more prominent as well as long-lasting.
Applying some loose powder around your eyes will get rid of any oil. This will prevent your kajal from getting smudged easily.
Black Eye Shadow
Once you have applied your kajal, put some black eyeshadow on it.
This will give you a smokey eye look. Moreover, it will keep your kajal in place throughout the day. Complementing the look with some mascara and eyeliner can make it look chic and classy.
Kajal is an important part of makeup as it highlights your eyes in the most beautiful way. The best thing about it is that it goes with traditional as well as western style of clothing.
We hope that the aforementioned methods have helped you in making kajal at home. If you are using a store-bought kajal, we recommend using it only occasionally as the chemicals might irritate your eyes.