Celebrities around the world have popularized vegan lifestyle in the years behind us, and the internet spread the information on what vegan foods can do for your health and appearance. The same logic goes for the products you put on your skin. Vegans not only monitor the food they consume and the clothes they wear but also the beauty products and the makeup accessories they use in their daily lives. When it comes to vegan makeup, only a few years ago, there was a sacrifice in performance when choosing vegan cosmetics. But thanks to leaps in technology its formulations have improved beyond recognition. Also, more and more cosmetic brands are choosing the path of veganism, so there is also a variety of products out there. For all makeup and animal lovers, this revolution is a real game changer!
What does “vegan makeup” really mean?
Some confuse it with simply being cruelty-free. Which of course it does need to be—animal testing is a huge no – but more than that, vegan makeup needs to contain absolutely no animal-derived ingredients or byproducts. Some of the most common ingredients would be beeswax (often used in lip balms) and Carmine, a dye made from beetles’ wings. Here is the complete PETA list of animal-derived ingredients and their alternatives to help you avoid animal ingredients in cosmetics, food, and other products.
You need not necessarily be aligned with animal rights issues to reap the benefits of a vegan cosmetic line: animal ingredients can be amongst the most allergenic and skin reactive, so vegan makeup is better suited for sensitive skin.
These beauty brands ensure that every product they produce is 100% vegan.
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Seeking highly pigmented luxurious lipstick formula? Look no further from Axiology. With ingredients like organic coconut oil and avocado butter, these lipsticks and lip crayons will nurture your lips. The pigments are vibrant and long-lasting, and shades are rich and well-picked.
Known as the brand for the cool kids. Whether you’re looking for deeply pigmented eye shades, lip color that lasts, even bold nail lacquers, Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics has got you covered! Insanely pigmented formulas are fierce and with products like this on hand, you will want to be more creative makeup-wise.
Created and developed by former chief chemist and MD at MAC cosmetics, Cover FX is a pro when it comes to catwalk-worthy face. Our top pick would surely be Custom Enhancer Drops! You can find those in a set – The Glow Getter Set. It is a revolutionary set of liquid highlighters and bronzers in six shades, featuring four illuminators and two matte bronzers. You can apply them over the makeup, or mix them with the foundation for an overall glow. It is a beauty lover must-have.
These so-instagramable brushes are vegan as well. Spectrum has filled the gap that was missing on the market. So they made dull and boring makeup brushes into the decoration of every makeup station. With high-quality synthetic instead of natural bristles, these gorgeous are a double win.
Kat Von D Beauty fans now have one more reason to obsess over the brand. As a matter of fact, she announced that the brand is going completely vegan. While the process takes a while, she already has a section of her website titled #VeganAlert. This section will introduce you to products that do not contain any animal products or by-products and have not been tested on animals. Go Kat!
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