As the weather cools and our summer tans inevitably fade, it’s time to step things up a bit when it comes to makeup. But wearing a bit more does NOT mean slathering our skin with toxic and pore-clogging chemicals.
I’ve made it my mission to find the most effective natural makeup out there, and I’m super excited to share my favorites with you guys! These natural beauties boast some awesome ingredients, without the dangerous chemicals you’ll find in most drugstore brands…and without ever sacrificing results!
All of the selections below are formulated without:
sodium lauryl sulfates
It’s important to note that not all products from the suggested natural makeup lines below are created equal. Just because they make a good lipgloss, doesn’t mean that their mascara is chemical-free. As always, make sure to read your ingredients, with a particularly keen eye towards the big bad additives listed above. If you’re ever in doubt, enter the product into the EWG Skin Deep Database to see it’s safety score. All of the products listed below rate under 2 on a 10 point scale (0 being the safest).
No matter what level of coverage you need, there’s a natural makeup option that’s perfect for your skin!
Unlike the other mineral foundations out there, Miessence Organic Mineral Foundation doesn’t have talc which can cause organ system toxicity. This powder foundation provides lovely, even coverage without clogging pores. I like to mix it with a few drops of argan oil to create a dewy, glowing look.
I’m super sad that best BB cream I’ve ever encountered, Korres Ginger & Vitamins, isn’t made anymore. I’ve been hoarding mine and using it sparingly to stretch out this last tube, but I’ve also been on the hunt for the next best thing, and I’m happy to report that I’ve found it! Juice Beauty Organic Tinted Moisturizer creates a flawless finish with moderate coverage that heals and protects skin. With SPF, hydrating plant oils, and skin clearing, anti-aging ingredients like green tea, cucumber, and aloe, this baby has it all!
If you need a bit of heavier coverage, my top choice is NVEY Eco Organic Moisturizing Liquid Foundation, which is loaded with awesome ingredients for healthy skin. Organic chamomile, safflower oil, and vitamins, A, C and E make it perfect for reversing the signs of aging and fighting inflammation.
For lighter coverage in a super blendable concealer, my top pick is RMS Beauty Un-Cover Up, which is formulated to heal skin while covering up blemishes. With coconut oil and rosemary, it minimizes pores and has great anti-aging effects. I also love Nvey Eco Erase Corrector, which is perfect for blemishes and under eye circles, and is loaded with healing antioxidants and plant oils.
For heavier concealing, which can also cover moles, scars, and tattoos, as well as pimples and skin discoloration, I love the Hickey Stick from G2 Organics (check out my full review here). With healing vitamin E, this two-step concealer will cover pretty much anything, without clogging pores or wreaking havoc on your skin!
NATURAL BLUSHES & BRONZERS
A little well-placed color on your cheeks can take your face from blah to radiant. I alternate between RMS Beauty Lip2Cheek and Josie Maran Argan Infinity Lip and Cheek Creamy Oil every single day. They both provide gorgeous color that can be layered on to create everything from a subtle hints to a dramatic pop, and they’re loaded with potent ingredients for clear, youthful skin.
If you prefer powder blush, the most beautifying and natural blush out there is from Rejuva Minerals. It’s loaded with natural clays and minerals, with pigments from rose petals and organic fruit!
To get that sun-kissed glow all year long, I also turn to Rejuva Minerals for their amazing Organic Bronzer. Free from mica, titanium dioxide and other common skin irritants, it imparts a gorgeous bronze, without the crappy ingredients.
NATURAL EYE MAKEUP
Our eyes are incredibly sensitive little organs, with a direct line into our circulatory system, so using chemical-laden products on or around your eyes is definitely a big no-no. Treat your peepers right with these awesome products that will make your eyes pop.
Epic Mineral Beauty has an amazing line of totally natural mineral eyeshadows made without mica, titanium dioxide, or other crap. Their line of hyperpigmented shadows goes on beautifully and comes in a rainbow assortment of hugs.
I’m a big fan of Tarte for eye and brow pencils. Their Vapour Organic Beauty Mesmerize Eyeliner goes on like satin, and smudges perfectly. For a less smudgy pencil, I like Inika Organic Eyeliner, which also features potent plant oils. For liquid liner, I like Boots Botanics Liquid Liner, which gives a really nice liquid line, without all the chemicals. There’s also Lip Ink Waterproof Smearproof Liquid Liner, made from awesome organic and vegan ingredients, including many eye-friendly herbs! As for cream liner, e.l.f. studio Cream Eye Liner and Tarte EmphasEYES Amazonian Clay Liner are both awesome, imparting a rich, dramatic line for when you need a bit more oomph.
Tarte strikes again here with a great brow solution, the Amazonian Clay Waterproof Brow Pencil, which comes in a double ended pencil, complete with a brow brush. For more dramatic brows, try Jane Iredale PureBrow Gel, which comes in three hair color matching hues, and tints brows beautifully!
My all-time favorite, super affordable line of organic mascaras can actually be found in a drugstore! I know.. BIG exception to the rule. But Physician’s Formula does it up right. The Organic Wear 100% Natural Origin Lash Boosting Mascara is pretty awesome. Filled with natural ingredients that help lashes grow thicker, shinier, and healthier! For ridiculous volume, I like Josie Maran GOGO Instant Volume Argan Oil Mascara. For super hydrated, thick lashes, try Tarte Gifted Amazonian Clay Mascara, loaded with plant proteins and mineral pigments. You never have to go back to those toxic standby’s again!
There are more organic and natural lipsticks out there than ever before, so you’ll definitely find the best hues to perfect your pucker!
There are more totally natural and organic lip balms out there than I can even name. My favorites are Purity Apothecary Organic Lip Balms and Avalon Organics Vitamin C Renewal Lip Balm. Both are wonderfully hydrating and protective.
For luscious, glossy lips, I love Eminence Organics Kiss Lip Glosses, that come in three wearable shades, and are filled with hydrating and antioxidant ingredients like raspberry and coconut oil. For slightly less of a glossy finish, I am obsessed with Intelligent Nutrients Organic Lip Delivery Antioxidant Glosses, that come is two lovely colors, and one clear formulation. It’s perfect for deep moisture and anti-aging magic.
When you need color that lasts all day, stains are where it’s at. Lip Ink Organic 100% Smearproof Lip Stains live up to their name. They stay on through drinks, dinner, and the best of kisses, and don’t dry out your lips. Plus, they’re filled with vitamins, minerals, and herbs to keep your lips healthy and beautiful. For a slightly less permanent stain, try Vapour Organic Beauty Aura Multiuse Stain, which is amazing for lips as well as cheeks, and can be layered on to create anything from a light, clear stain, to a bold, vibrant one.
I discovered Obsessive Compulsive Lip Tars at Sephora of all places, and have been obsessed with it ever since. It falls somewhere between a stain and a lipstick, and lasts all day, and when paired with the OC primer and anti-feathered liner, makes for a lush and super pigmented lip!
When you want luscious, creamy color, Bite Beauty is where it’s at. Try their Bite Organic Luminous Creme Lipstick, which comes in every color of the rainbow, and boasts an ingredient list that packs a powerful anti-aging punch in the form of resveratrol and argan oil, among several others. I also like Beauty Without Cruelty Natural Infusion Lipsticks, which comes in a bunch of beautiful natural hues.
I’m a big fan of Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetic Color Pencils for lips. They’re formulated with coconut essential fatty acids and awesome antioxidants, and the Anti-Feathered Clear hue is awesome for preventing all that annoying feathering that most bright lipsticks seem to inevitably fall prey to!
Have you tried some of our top picks? Do you have some favorite natural or organic makeup products? Share them in the comments below!