WARNING: Don't use Crayola products as makeup

Thursday, May 21, 2015


I have to say it. I normally try to stay as professional as I can in my blog posts but this is a topic that seriously irks me.

People are idiots. Stupid and foolish. And for what? For vanity? For the sake of being cheap? For the sake of getting reader or viewers? I don't know who is worse those who promote these ideas or those who DO use those ideas.

A few months back a young lady on YouTube did a video on how to make a "fiber" mascara using Mint Oreo Cookies. COOKIES! Not just any cookies but cookies made with mint oil. Not only were the results gross looking but it was expensive to make when you looked at her "ingredients". I really don't know if she was joking or not but I have read people's comments about how "amazing" idea it was. *facepalm*

If you want to give her Youtube channel some hits to contribute to her "Insta-celebrity"attempts here's the video.

Of course there are people who have recommended using Crayola crayons to make DIY lip balms and sticks. I think I've stupidly shared it in the past over on my Facebook wall, I hope not but I might have when I first saw it. I did think the idea was clever when I first saw it. I know Promise Phan did a video on it as well.

The concept is great but the more I thought about it the more I realized we're (and yes I'm putting myself in this category because I did think it was a great idea at first) stupid. Why? Because while the crayons are non-toxic the fact is the pigments are not cosmetic grade and the pigments used my not be lip safe. Overtime you might get sick or you might not but is it really worth the risk when there are legitimate alternatives out there that are inexpensive like NYX lipsticks?

You still can use the base of this particular DIY to make a colorful lip product but instead of using crayons use cosmetic grade, lip safe pigments. You can get such pigments from TKB Trading or even from indie companies like Glamour Doll Eyes which labels their products as lip safe or eye safe. I've turned many of my GDE pigments into lip glosses but I made sure it was a lip safe pigment.

The newest thing to hit the internet is to use Crayola (or any other non-toxic) colored pencils as eyeliner. I haven't watched the video for that one but have seen the instructions which is basically "wet the pencil with warm water and slide on"

I kind of let the lip stick one slide compared to anything doing with the eyes. The cookie mascara and now the colored pencil eyeliner one just sets me off. Why? Because I DO know what it's like to live with permanent eye damage. I've harped on it so many times when it comes to people buying Latissee and Carepost from foreign pharmacies or even people using Circle Lenses from Pinky Paradise. My eyes are yellowing and are no longer a "pure white". My eyes burn and itch on a daily basis. I can't wear contact lenses any longer. There are some mascaras I can't even use because it burns my eyes. Years ago after the damage was done I saw another doctor who said there was a growth in my right eye that he was concerned about. It didn't affect my vision and obviously it's not cancer since it's been years but I can tell you that growth is still there because that eyeball feels "heavy" compared to my left eyeball. I'm not even a candidate for Lasik surgery because of the damage done by an improperly fitted contact lenses. My eye damage came from a bad fit by a licensed optician that I would never ever risk my vision doing something stupid like making mascara out of cookies or using colored pencils as eyeliner.

Sure Crayola products are non-toxic to use but it's not cosmetic grade and the pigments used may not be approved for certain areas of the body. Did you know there is only ONE red pigment approved by the FDA for use in eye makeup and that's Red 40. Granted the FDA regulations are out of date and that the EU regulations are better but the fact remains that in the US there is only one red pigment approved for eye use and that's Red 40. I'm using red as my example because it's used in in various cosmetics from mascaras to eyeliners to blushes to lipsticks and lip glosses but it does apply to other colors especially blue used in eye shadows but some blues are not lip safe.
  • Red 40 can be used in eye makeup.
  • Red 6, 7, 21, 22, 27, 28, 30 and 40 can be used in lip products. Reds 33 and 36 are limited to less than 3%.
  • Red 4, 6, 7, 17, 21, 22, 27, 28, 30, 31, 33, 34, 36 and 40 (basically all the red pigments) can be used in face products.
Composite screencap of the FDA colorants table.

Crayola products are non-toxic which means you're kid won't get sick and die if they bit into or even eat a crayon or pencil but at the same time it's not exactly a healthy thing to do. Like I said before, the pigments used in it are not cosmetic grade. Cosmetic grade ingredients have been refined for a variety of reasons from removing even more toxic chemicals to softening the edges microscopically. Talc is a good example of cosmetic grade versus non cosmetic grade and it's one of the biggest and cheapest fillers some Chinese manufacturers use in their products and some Chinese manufacturers don't use cosmetic grade talc but that's a whole other discussion. Cosmetic grade ingredients have been refined via a chemical process or a milling process depending on the ingredient so that it's as safe as it possibly can be for use in cosmetics. While nothing is 100% safe why take a risk using a product not intended for your eyes as an eyeliner or even mascara? You have only one set of eyes and when damage is done to your eyes the chances of it being permanent damage is high and unlike lip damage that can be repaired with plastic surgery, eye damage can't always be repaired.

There cheap alternatives such as using eyeshadow or eye approved pigments with a damp eyeliner brush to create the same rainbow effect as using Crayola color pencils.

It's not worth your sight or health doing one of these DIY tutorials. Save your sight and health just use makeup.


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