Greening/Cleaning up your makeup can be a lengthy process and expensive if you dive right in all at once. My advice to anyone first getting into non-toxic beauty is to start simply by replacing your conventional products with non-toxic products as they expire or get used up. Focus on liquid/cream products that will get absorbed by the skin and products that sit on the lips if you can.
Whether you're just starting out or you've been at this game awhile finding clean makeup that works equally as well as the conventional products we're used to can be challenging. The clean beauty landscape is so diverse and the options are endless. You absolutely can find nontoxic products at all price points that work beautifully. Below are a few of my favorite makeup products that I've discovered over the past 5 years at both “lux” and “affordable” price points:
100% Pure 2nd Skin Foundation ($45.00 USD)
This is a more recent love of mine. I've been using it for a few months and its beautiful texture gives this foundation a skin-like natural appearance. The olive squalane base means this foundation applies like a serum, but it has medium to full coverage with a matte finish and it's definitely buildable. I apply it on its own in warm weather and over bb cream in the winter for extra moisture locking and to cover any flaky, dry skin.
Physicians Formula Organic Wear BB Cream ($14.95 USD)
One of the first products I tried when I first started going green was this BB Cream. It was inexpensive and once I tried it I was hooked and it frequently makes appearances in my makeup ritual. The coverage is medium to full (buildable) with a dewy finish. It stays put all day and doesn't feel heavy. 100% Natural, 70% Organic, Gluten Free, and Hypo-allergenic.
Au Naturale Creme Concealer ($24.00 USD)
Au Naturale's Creme Concealer is my current favorite all around concealer. Under eyes, over redness, and covering blemishes. It's thicker consistency makes it great for all of these applications, it blends into foundation easily, and it stays put.
Alba Botanicals Fast Fix For A Pimple ($5.99 USD)
More of a spot treatment than a concealer, but the tint helps cover minor redness. If I'm having a stubborn breakout I'll go without makeup for a few days and let my skin breathe. This concealer is perfect for those days. Just enough tint to even out redness, but with the added benefit of a spot treatment. Use sparingly as it does contain sulfur (which I generally avoid unless nothing else is working) which can be very drying or irritating for sensitive skin.
- Eye Palette
Hynt Eyeshadow Palette in Suite Tuxedo ($39.00 USD)
This eye palette is my latest beauty obsession. The colors are matte, neutral, and there's no fallout. The shadows are finely milled and pressed so they apply smoothly and evenly and blend out well. It's been a struggle to not wear this every day. I’m addicted. Great lighter shades for everyday wear and the darkest shade lets you vamp it up when necessary.
Pacifica Power of Love Palette ($20.00 USD)
This palette is probably in nearly every clean beauty makeup drawer. It has a wide variety of colors - warm, neutrals, and cool tones for a lot of mix-and match options. At this price point with this number of color options, it can't be beat. All the shades are shimmery, which is neither here nor there for me. I like to have a lot of variety to play with and this palette has a lot to offer.
- Liquid Eyeliner
Hush & Dotti Organic Liquid Eyeliner in Black ($26.00 USD)
I’m not a fan of felt tip liquid eyeliners, but that’s just about the only thing I don’t like about this formula. It is extremely long lasting, really opaque black, and smudge-proof. Be careful not to get this on your eyelashes though, as this is very quick drying.
ZuZu Luxe Liquid Eyeliner in Black ($16.50 USD)
This guy is another felt tip liquid eyeliner. It has a great black color, is pretty opaque, and dries quickly. You might need to be mindful of your eye cream or if you have oily lids as I did get some smudging when I applied it after using eye cream in my morning routine.
Lily Lolo Mascara in Black ($19.50 USD)
A thicker, creamy textured mascara that gives fantastic lash coverage and volume. Not only is it vegan, free from parabens and preservatives, but it also opthamologist tested to be safe for your eyes. Lashes stay soft and it’s easy to remove at the end of the day. No smudging and no flaking. It’s definitely worth giving a whirl.
Pacifica Dream Big Mascara in Black ($16.00 USD)
I've tried numerous affordable green/clean mascaras and this one blew me away. Great lengthening and volumizing effect, it has a very liquid application so it coats every lash. No flaking or smudging like others I've tried at similar prices.
- Lip Product
Chidoriya Yuzu Lip Balm ($16.00)
I've always been a lipstick gal, but lately I've been reaching more for lip balms and moisturizing lip glosses. This Yuzu Lip Balm from Chidoriya is light in texture, not greasy and super emollient. It has a camellia seed oil base, one of my favorite face oils along with rosehip seed oil, beeswax, and yuzu oil.
Pogo Lip Balm in Mint ($3.50)
Another more recent find of mine. Organic, Gluten Free, Cruelty Free, and Non-GMO. Quick and easy to apply, emollient, and overall awesome. It's a pretty straight forward lip balm without the gunky ingredients. Not sticky or cloyingly thick.
With this info you can go forth and green your makeup routine. Start with all affordable products, jump right in to the lux end, or mix and match as you go. I find myself going back to my favorite affordable green/clean options all the time and they are staples in my makeup wardrobe.
What are your tried and true affordable nontoxic makeup products? Which eco-lux products do you think are really worth the splurge?
‘Til Next Time Lovelies
About the Author.
When she's not snuggling her cross-eyed cat, knitting her way to oblivion, or obsessing over superhero tv shows, you can find Stephanie blogging about gluten free, green and non-toxic beauty and lifestyle products on A Great & Feral Beauty.
*All photos and text courtesy of Stephanie.