You may or may not know just how bad some makeup brands are – not just when it comes to the environment and animal testing, but also for your skin! Conventional foundations, lip sticks and mascaras tend to come pre-loaded with potentially toxic chemicals, including phthalates, triclosan, synthetic colors, and even lead. While you may be extra careful with the food you’re putting in your body, you may not think to second guess the makeup products you’re using. However, our body absorbs 60% of the topical products we use.
If you’re like me, I had tried a few natural products however the quality just wasn’t the same as my usual conventional products and I choose to turn a blind eye in favor of quality over eco-friendliness. But you don’t have to! Here is a breakdown of my favorite 10 natural makeup products I’ve come to love over the years.
InstaNatural’s Rose Water is 100% pure and natural made from Rosa Damascena petals. There is no artificial fragrance or any added chemicals or preservatives. The rose water acts as a toner to naturally balance the skin’s pH, making it soft, smooth and radiant. Its unique properties soothe and calm skin irritations while cleansing and hydrating the skin naturally. Suitable for all skin types: normal, oily, dry & sensitive.
Pros: Only one ingredient, very gentle, light scent, hydrating and refreshing without leaving a filmy residue.
Cons: The smell could be too strong for some but it doesn’t last long, sometimes the spray top doesn’t work as it should but sometimes I just use a cotton ball to apply instead.
Cost: $13.97 for 4 fl oz.
Bottom Line: I love this product! Such a simple addition to any daily routine. My skin is dry and pretty uneven toned so I use it before I apply any makeup to hydrate my skin (so that my makeup lasts longer) and to even out my skin tone – it makes a noticeable difference.
Dizao Organics mascara consists of 100% natural ingredients (95% USDA organic):
- The power of rice bran for protection, nourishment and replenishment of eyelashes. Bran extract creates a protective barrier, whilst enriching eyelashes with nourishing proteins.
- Organic coffee extract for the deep black color
- Carnauba wax extract enhances the natural volume without clumps and stickiness, achieving the perfect eyelashes.
Pros: Hypoallergenic for sensitive eyes, eyelashes feel soft not brittle, smells like coffee, doesn’t smudge throughout the day, good price
Cons: Can take multiple coats to get desired effect
Bottom Line: I’ve tried many natural mascaras and this one is my favorite right now! Smells like coffee, lasts all day, is made from all natural ingredients (including rice bran, coffee, and carnauba wax) and doesn’t smudge – what else could you want?
This creamy long lasting formula glides on your eyelids to beautify and define your eyes while nourishing your skin with Vitamin E.
Pros: “Safe enough to eat”, creamy yet defined, silky application, not dry
Cons: Can smudge if not careful, not water resistant
Bottom Line: This is a great natural eye liner with no toxic ingredients. However, I would recommend applying some powder before using this product in order to help it stay in place longer.
Completely Covered Creme Concealer introduces pure pigments to organic oils because your skin deserves to be both flawless and nourished. Formulated without animal bi-products, synthetic preservatives, nano particles, gluten, parabens, fillers, dyes or toxins, Completely Covered Creme Concealer is 100% natural, cruelty-free, vegan and made in the USA.
Pros: Hydrating, not “cakey”, build-able, a little goes a long way, doesn’t crease
Cons: Color is lighter than it appears online, a little pricey for the size
Bottom Line: I would recommend using your finger to apply it to allow your body heat warm it and to use a moisturizer beforehand for even blending. Also buy a shade or two darker than you would think since it comes lighter than it appears online. Other than that it’s a great natural creamy concealer that lasts me all day!
- Vegan / Cruelty-Free and made with Organic Ingredients! Contains: Aloe, Chamomile, Thyme, and Vitamin E. These ingredients keep your skin looking fresh and give the foundation a natural looking shine.
- Amazing build-able coverage
- Free of pore clogging ingredients
- Smooth application with a beautiful dewey finish
Pros: Smells amazing (like light vanilla), feels lightweight but still great coverage, silky finish, lasts a long time
Cons: The pump sometimes has a mind of its own, I still need a powder to set it
Cost: $24.99 for 1 Fl Oz
Bottom Line: I looove this foundation. My skin is actually softer from using it AND it smells great. I especially like how it makes my skin looks naturally flawless and lets some of my freckles shine through. Best part is – it’s made from all natural ingredients!
Glides on effortlessly to provide natural, vibrant, long lasting colors while conditioning and smoothing your lips. No more dry, cracked lips from hours of wearing lipstick. Now, the more you wear it, the better your lips will feel! This lipstick is moisturizing and nourishing and will actually help heal chapped lips. Not heavy and lasts a long time. Made with Organic Ingredients: Shea Butter, Jojoba Oil, Castor Seed Oil, Coconut Oil, Sunflower Oil, Cocoa Seed Butter, Vitamin E and more!
Pros: Moisturizing (even with chapped lips!), super creamy, rich color
Cons: Have to reapply it to last the whole day
Bottom Line: I have trouble finding good natural lipsticks but this is my fave at the moment! I love how moisturizing it is since lipsticks usually just dry my lips out. Some colors are matte while others are a little more glossy so check out their website for a description of each color! Pomegranate is my current pick.
Light weight powder for flawless skin if your skin is extra sensitive, then Physicians Formula mineral wear talc-free mineral loose powder is what you must go for. It helps keep the skin oil-free, prevents breakouts and increases the beauty of your face. It is hypoallergenic and gives a natural finish and a better coverage. Hypoallergenic provides flawless finish easy to use cover the skin imperfections such as spots, blemishes and others effectively with a flawless, natural-looking appearance.
Pros: Good price, leaves skin soft, looks natural, doesn’t clog pores, lightweight
Cons: Brush that it comes with is terrible
Bottom Line: This is better than any other drugstore powder I’ve used – natural or not! It can be used alone but I like a little more coverage so I tend to use it to set my liquid foundation. The only downside is the brush it comes with is useless – not soft and falls apart. I wish they just left it out and made the container more compact, but we can’t have it all! Instead I recommend using my favorite EcoTools Blending and Bronzing Brush.
9 Piece Professional Brush Collection. 3 Sets, 9 Brushes, 1 Amazing Collection. All with Recycled Aluminum Ferrules, Cruelty-Free Bristles, and Bamboo handles.
Pros: Great value for the number of brushes, durable, soft bristles
Cons: Some of the smaller brushes I don’t use that much
Bottom Line: I’ve been using these brushes for years and they hold up great. Some of them are even better quality than a few of the more expensive brushes I’ve owned except these are way less expensive!
- The finest Italian powder delivers a buildable natural tan glow.
- Two shades blend together for the most natural finish.
- A 100% natural origin bronzer, formulated with 15% certified organic ingredients, including jojoba seed oil and corn starch to moisturize and mattify the skin.
Pros: Not sparkly like a lot of other bronzers, easily blends, looks natural
Cons: The little brush it comes with is cute but useless, might be too light for darker skin tones
Bottom Line: This is a great little bronzer for a little sun kissed pop – not drastic but it definitely looks natural! As usual the brush it comes with is not so great, check out my favorite brush brand Ecotools for a much better quality brush.
Use after applying your make up to set it in place for hours or for a refreshing boost of hydration anytime. Simply formulated with herbal extracts of organic rooibos, white and green tea, as well as MSM and DMAE to provide vital hydration and anti-aging benefits. Safe and effective for all skin types. It is gentle and non-irritating. No parabens, petro-chemicals or artificial fragrances. No animal testing.
Rooibos, Green & White Teas
Modern research continues to validate the anti-aging and health-promoting benefits of tea. Recent findings have shown that tea has antioxidant, anti-aging and anti-inflammatory benefits. When combined with other topical agents in skin care products, tea helps to enhance their effects, a synergy that helps improve the skin’s appearance, texture, and function.
MSM (methylsufonylmethane) is a naturally occurring sulfur compound found in all plants, soils, fruits, vegetables and the human body. As a cosmetic ingredient, it has the unique ability to penetrate several skin layers to provide a deeply hydrating and smoothing effect for longer periods of time. It also has anti-inflammatory and skin-repairing properties.
DMAE(dimethylaminoethanol) is a compound made from fruit acid and is known to penetrate easily into the skin, providing instant tightening and increased elasticity, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It also has anti-inflammatory properties.
Pros: Feels lightweight, nice dewey (highlight) finish, good value, great for oily skin
Cons: People with extra oily skin may need to apply before and after makeup
Bottom Line: This is one of my favorite products! It doesn’t just help my makeup last longer, it actually makes it look so much better. I have tried other makeup setting spray but haven’t really noticed a difference until I used this one.