How to Make an Eye Mask

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This is an article on how to make an eye mask at home!

I love everything DIY skincare. Though I have my own staple set of skincare products from brands and manufacturers, I can’t help but be curious about the many DIY recipes of these products. The last DIY recipe I tried was green tea bags for the under eyes. It’s more of an at-home remedy rather than a recipe but hey, who’s keeping score?

Sadly, my last DIY quest didn’t work for me as much as I wanted it to work. Instead of reducing puffiness and reducing my dark under eyes, it caused some reactions under my eyes. But because I love anything eye-related skincare, I’m more than willing to try my hands at other DIY recipes for at-home under-eye masks and eye patches.

As eye masks and eye patches are slowly becoming a staple in everyone’s skincare routine, there are also a lot of at-home DIY recipes making their way around the internet.

If you want to try these recipes yourself, I’ve got you covered below!

How to Make an Eye Mask

1. Prepare what you need

To make sure you make your new DIY eye mask as smooth as possible, it’s important to prepare everything you would need.

Prepare these things:

  • Cotton pads
  • Scissors
  • Bowl for soaking and mixing
  • An old tub or ziplock
  • Your chosen DIY recipe

Before you go ahead with the rest of the steps, you might want to cut your cotton pads in half or in two half-moon shapes to fit your under eye area. Prepare a few pairs of these as recipes can usually take more than one pair.

2. Pick your eye mask recipe

There are tons of DIY eye mask recipes floating on the internet right now for different eye concerns. The next step you would need to do is choose your recipe. I have below some of the essentials you might want to consider.

For Puffiness and Dark Under Eyes: Coffee and Rose Water Eye Mask

Mix one tablespoon of ground coffee with two tablespoons of rose water (aka 1:2 ratio of coffee and rose water) into your mixing bowl. Mix well and get ready to dip and soak the cut-out cotton pads in.

For Hydration and Soothing: Cucumber and Rose Water Eye Mask

For this recipe, use half a cucumber and an ounce of rosewater. Puree the cucumber and rose water together in a blender until mixed and liquified. Put the mixture in a bowl for easier soaking of the cotton pads. When using it, leave it on for about 10 to 15 minutes under your eyes.

For Brightening and Exfoliating: Turmeric and Buttermilk Eye Mask

Mix one part of turmeric with one part of buttermilk. So if you use one tablespoon of turmeric, mix in a tablespoon of buttermilk as well. Mix those two in your mixing bowl. You can actually skip soaking the cotton pads and directly apply the mixture to your under eyes with a brush. But if you do want to use cotton pads, go ahead and soak a pair in. Let it sit for about 15 minutes before wiping it off.

For Overall Under Eye Health: Parsley Eye Mask

For this recipe, you would want to chop a handful of parsley leaves. Grind the chopped parsley in a bowl with a spoon to release the juice. Pour over hot water in the bowl and stir together. Soak in your cotton pads. Apply and leave on under the eyes for about 10 minutes.

For Soothing Tired Eyes: Aloe Vera and Cucumber Mint Eye Mask

For this DIY eye mask recipe, you would need aloe vera, cucumber, and some fresh mint leaves. Put the aloe vera gel, cucumber, and mint leaves in a blender. Blend and mix all three. You would want to extract the juice of the mixture into a bowl. Soak in your cut-out cotton pads. Leave under the eyes for about 15 to 20 minutes.

These are just some of my favorite DIY recipes for at-home under-eye masks. With some research, you’re sure to find more recipes you can try floating around the internet!

3. Prepare your eye mask ‘essence’

After choosing your DIY under eye mask recipe, go ahead and do as the instructions say. You can even choose multiple recipes and do all of them so you can have multiple options every morning or at the end of the day.

4. Soak cotton pads in

Once your essence is mixed well, dip in your cut-out cotton pads into the bowl. Let it sit and absorb for a few minutes.

5. Freeze and use

Once the essence has absorbed into your pads, take them out of the bowl. If there is a lot of excess, go ahead and remove them. You don’t want your under eye masks to be dripping wet. Place them inside a tub or a ziplock. Leave it inside the freezer for a few hours or overnight.

When you want to use your eye mask, thaw them for 10 minutes before usage as they may be freezing and hard. While still cold, apply and use under your eyes for about 15 to 20 minutes, or as the recipe states.


With so many eye care products in the market right now, it can be difficult to determine which will be best for your eyes.

Whether you’re not sure what products to buy or just want something easy and cheap, a DIY under eye mask is always a good way to go.

To make your own eye mask at home, all you would need are cotton pads, a tub or ziplock for storage, and an easy DIY recipe. There are tons of great recipes to choose from floating on the internet on how to make an eye mask at home, but these are a few of my favorites. And the best thing of it all is that it all requires easily accessible ingredients in your own home!

Michelle Jackson
Michelle Jackson