I recently purchased the much coveted 'Ben Nye' Lip Gloss Colour wheel, as recommended by makeup up guru Wayne Goss only to discover it was packed with lanolin, which is from sheep wool.
Now lanolin has been used for decades in skincare, it is the key ingredient in 8-hour cream, which has made Elizabeth Arden super rich. But for make up artists with vegetarian clients, anything containing lanolin is completely useless.
As a vegetarian model, actor, dancer or musician, it is imperative you speak to your makeup artist on set to ensure what they are using is in line with your ethical standards. Similarly, no vegetarian bride wants to be smothered in animal-tested, animal-based products on their wedding day.
Makeup artists have a fundamental, ethical duty to ensure they can provide products to suit the needs of vegetarians and vegans. Yes, we all love to rely on our favourite cult products, but there are a range of professional-standard products out there that will do the job just as well- or even better.
I am a firm believer in suiting my kit to my clients' needs as much as possible and have found some fantastic, animal-friendly brands that deliver excellent professional results:
This Italian-based company has a fantastic and super affordable range of vegan and cruelty-free cosmetics.
My ultimate favourite vegan palettes are Neve:
|Neve Elegantissimi Eye Palette|
|Neve Blushissimi Blush Palette|
|Neve Intensissimi Eye Palette|
|Neve Chiarissimi Eye Palette|
The only downside is the purple packaging, which looks a bit like kiddie makeup when placed against the likes of Bobbi Brown and MAC, but if it does what it says on the tin, who cares?
IMPORTANT UPDATE ABOUT: Urban Decay
In the past, Urban Decay has always been strongly opposed to animal testing and even won an award from PETA recently for "best cruelty-free cosmetic line."
I love my Naked Palette and take it everywhere, often it is all I use on a shoot to achieve a natural look. But please note although they have a good line of vegan makeup, they are not a 100% vegan brand, as some products contain animal by-products like beewax and carmine. Last year, Urban Decay was in the media spotlight on its future plans for animal testing in China, but has been restored to cruelty free by PETA.
This is one of my favourite websites for cruelty-free quality cosmetics. They sell OCC and Neve and have lovely customer service.
This is another lovely site dedicated to anti-cruelty cosmetics, I must say I have not tested or used their entire line of cosmetics, but I have been most impressed with their waterproof mascaras - a must on pool, beach and water shoots - and of course, weddings!
A great vegan all-purpose lip balm for dry is the one by Honesty Cosmetics. Great for dry, chapped lips and when dabbed on lightly makes a great lip primer.
Avoid these cosmetic ingredients:
Ensure to avoid these ingredients If you are vegetarian, vegan or a makeup artist catering for your clients' animal-friendly needs:
- Carmine or cochineal- coloring made from boiling and crushing insect (many blushers and lipsticks contain carmine)
- Lanolin- moisturizing agent derived from sheep (The Body Shop's body butters contain lanolin)
- Beeswax/pollen/bee products - often found in lipsticks and lip balms
- Lactose or Lactalbumin
- Silk derivatives
- Elastin (from cows)
- Hyaluronic Acid