UPDATE: I love the experience of high-quality cosmetics from companies that prioritize ingredient safety and preserving the environment. My recommendations for cosmetics have changed over the years, as I’ve discovered new brands and favorite products. I’ve updated this post to reflect my most recent favorites.
I enjoy makeup and find it a fun challenge to find the best-performing, natural-looking options with non-toxic ingredients. My philosophy is also higher quality and less quantity – I’d prefer to have one excellent non-toxic lipstick than six chemical-laden ones. I hope this is helpful to you if you are currently switching to chemical-free cosmetics!
Non-Toxic Makeup for Sensitive Skin
100% Pure Black Tea Mascara– available here. It provides lovely length and definition. It is susceptible to heavy rain or an extremely sweaty workout, however.
100% Pure Eyeshadow – available here – I use the dark brown shade as an eyeliner. I’ve had a good experiences with the other eyeshadow colors I’ve tried from 100% Pure. They are richly pigmented and I completely trust the ingredient integrity of this brand.
Primer and Foundation from 100% Pure – I use this Mattifying Primer and the Foundation Powder. I tried the creme foundations and tinted moisturizers, which are lovely for those with normal to dry skin types. The foundation powder is ideal for my oilier skin. I’ve tried many mineral foundation powders, and my sensitive skin tells me immediately which ones to avoid. Anything with bismuth oxychloride – an ingredient found in many mineral powders – is a no-go for me.
Alima Pure Mineral Concealer – available here – Most mineral concealer powders either irritate my skin or fail in their concealing abilities. This one is full coverage, silky, and gentle. If you have very light skin like me, note that the fairest shade is extremely fair. I’m the second-to-the-lightest shade.
Lip products – Again, 100% Pure is the winner for me. They list all their lip products here. Even many natural lipsticks contain questionable ingredients, but I always feel safe with 100% Pure. The products which remain my staples are the Fruit Pigmented Lip Glosses (Mauvely is my favorite) and the lipsticks. The glosses are not sticky or gooey, but provide a gorgeous sheen. The lipsticks are a luxurious experience: saturated and silky but not heavy.
100% Pure Fruit Pigmented Blush – available here – For a satiny, dewy glow. I don’t usually wear blush. If I do, I just dab a little bit of lipstick on my cheeks (before powder), blend well, and call it a day.
Makeup brushes – I use the Eco Tools brushes, they are inexpensive and I’ve had the same kit for 4 years. You can get them on Amazon here or at most drugstores.
I hope you enjoyed this peak into my natural makeup bag. I’d love to hear what natural cosmetics you use and recommend!