Cruelty-Free Makeup Go-Tos

As someone who loves hair and makeup, one of the greatest challenges of going vegan has been switching over to vegan beauty products. As I have mentioned in previous blog posts, I have learned to update my haircare routine and nighttime regime to accommodate my new lifestyle. Something I have not yet discussed, however, is how I have updated by makeup regime. If I am being honest, I am still struggling to find cruelty-free replacements for some of the beauty products I have grown to love over the years, but here are a few new favorites I have discovered since becoming a vegetarian, and now a vegan.

Physician’s Formula’s Creamy Natural Pressed Powder. To say that I love Physician’s Formula would be an understatement. Since I go through makeup so quickly, to keep costs down, I like to purchase drugstore makeups that can be easily replaced. I wear powder everyday, so of all the products I use, I go through this most quickly. As I frequently discuss, my skin is very sensitive, and I can easily breakout in a rash, or with acne, if I don’t use gentle products. Not only are Physician’s Formula’s products cruelty-free, but they are also hypoallergenic, which is a major plus in my case.

Physician’s Formula’s Shimmer Strips Extreme Eye Shadow. Okay, I know–this is another Physician’s Formula product, but it is amazing. If you have met me in person, you would know that I am all about looking glamorous, and one of my favorite ways to really bring out my eyes is with eye shadow. Some people may not like this eye shadow, since it is extremely sparkly, but I love it. As I have a very light complexion, the colors of this palette are very subtle, but the glitter adds a bit of fun to the more natural look this product gives. Also, for a drugstore product, I find that this eye shadow is not very susceptible to creasing and stays on for a fairly substantial amount of time.

Urban Decay’s Glide-on Eye Pencil. Stepping away from drugstore makeup products, another favorite vegan brand of mine is Urban Decay. I have used their products off and on over the past ten years, but right now, I have two must-haves from this brand. First and foremost, Urban Decay’s eyeliner is the ultimate go-to. I have always struggled to find eyeliner that doesn’t smudge or make my eyes water, and recently, I received this eyeliner as a Christmas gift and have yet to be disappointed. While I don’t wear as much eyeliner as I used to, if I want my eyes to pop just a bit more, this is what I use.

Urban Decay’s Naked Skin Shapeshifter Contour Palette. Last but not least, no beauty guru’s life is complete without a contour palette, at least in 2018 that’s the case. While they no longer carry the contour palette that I currently use, I can strongly recommend this palette. Again, for someone with fair skin, it can be challenging to find contour palettes that aren’t too dark, but Urban Decay’s products blend so well that I haven’t found this to be an issue, and they definitely add the finishing touches to any look.

Despite writing a blog post about vegan makeup products, I am personally considering reducing the amount of makeup I use on a daily basis. Since one aspect of veganism involves seeking to support a more sustainable environment, I often feel that I am doing a disservice to our planet by continually re-buying non-recyclable products like these. Perhaps I will share more about my reduction in makeup in the future, but for now, I am still a fairly heavy makeup user and will continue to seek out cruelty-free products. What makeup products do you enjoy using, or vice versa? I’d love to hear your thoughts, critiques, or recommendations in the comments.

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