Tuesday, 16 April 2013

#GreenLiving - Best vegetarian makeup brands

Model: Simone
Photography: www.wayneleewilliams.co.uk
MUA: williamspromakeup

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 Cosmetics Elegantissimi Eye Palette
Neve Elegantissimi Eye Palette
Neve Cosmetics Blush Palette
Neve Blushissimi Blush Palette
Neve Cosmetics Intensissimi Eye Palette
Neve Intensissimi Eye Palette

Neve Cosmetics Chiarissimi Eye Palette
Neve Chiarissimi Eye Palette

These palettes are absolutely BRILLIANT. You can use them wet or dry, they blend effortlessly, are highly pigmented, there is a stunning range of colours and I would say the quality is up there or better than MAC, Inglot and MuD. Now for £20 pounds a palette they are super affordable. The BEST thing about these as well is that the pots are replaceable, so you can mix and match which shadow or blush you wish to put in the case. For an MUA this is perfect :-). It is super slimline and really, one of the best investments I have made in my Kit.

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?


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.

Cocktail Cosmetics

This is one of my favourite websites for cruelty-free quality cosmetics. They sell OCC and Neve and have lovely customer service.

Beauty without Cruelty (BWC)

BWC New Mascaras

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!

Honesty Cosmetics

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.

Honesty Unscented Range Lip Balm 10g

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
  • Lard
  • Tallow
  • Lactose or Lactalbumin
  • Silk derivatives
  • Propolis
  • Elastin (from cows)
  • Hyaluronic Acid

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  1. Urban Decay restored to cruelty free http://www.peta.org/b/thepetafiles/archive/2012/07/06/urban-decay-s-decaying-principles.aspx

    1. Thanks crueltyfreemakeup for the link :-) I am super happy Urban Decay has been proactive about this x

  2. Vegan makeup products are cosmetics that do not use ingredients derived from — or tested on — animals. Concerns about animal abuse by the cosmetic industry has created a growing market for cruelty free products. Vegan cosmetic options include eye shadow, blush, lipstick and foundation; even vegan nail polish is becoming increasingly available.
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  3. Great that these products are vegan, and though I have not tried specific 'makeup' products by e.l.f. I have purchased e.l.f. shadow appliators, foundation/brow/and smudge brushes, eyelash wand and curlers and have found that these items are by no means built to last. Flimsy, the shadow applicators fell apart within two days of use, and the bristles on the foundation brush fall off regularly. My hunch is that they are cheap because you are indeed getting what you pay for, vegan or otherwise.
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    1. thanks for your comments emanicosmetics! I haven't used their applicators etc so thanks for your feedback. The products I use are the studio glosses and their lipsticks in the most pigmented shades. I have the brush kit and holder which are good value for money, but haven't fallen apart from my own use. did you wash the foundation brush and let it dry standing up? sometimes that loosens the glue and then the brush starts shedding. sigma and crown infinity brushes are good alternatives :-)

  4. I am ready to drop some cash on high quality vegan brushes to replace all the animal hair ones I am currently using. I’ve had some of my animal hair ones for quite a few years now and I had purchased/was given them before I came to the decision to go cruelty-free with my cosmetic collection.
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  5. Great idea! You know, you won't even miss them :-) crown infinity series, ecotools, sigma, real techniques, royal and Langnickel are just a few lines that rival natural hair brushes :-)

  6. It was nice article for fine the vegan make up for eye brush and it looks nice very easy to use the products we get free vegan makeup for trial