Best Cruelty Free Skincare, Makeup, and Hair Products

Best Cruelty Free Products

Here’s a list of some of my favorite cruelty free skincare, makeup, and hair products. Since, I’m new to becoming a cruelty-free advocate. I have been on the hunt for some good products. It’s been tough, but I have found many products that I fell in love with. These are products I used on myself and my clients. Everyone has different skin and hair issues, so be mindful that this may not work for you.

Everyone has a choice in life, I rather give my money to companies that are conscious. Some people may say that they’re not the ones who are hurting animals, but if you purchase products that are being tested on animal, then you are condoning it. They make money from the consumer, and WE ARE the consumer.

 

Skincare

Toner

cruelty free
Pixi Glow Tonic $15-$29

Occasionally I break out and have some scarring, and Pixi Glow Tonic helps exfoliate and evens out your skin tone.

 Pixi Beauty

Target

Facial Spray

 

cruelty free brands
MARIO BADESCU Facial Spray $7

Mario Badescu Rose Water Spray is great to use in your skincare regimen. My face is on the dry side, so I use this to lock my moisterizer in before I start my makeup, and afterwards to set my makeup to give it that natural glowy, radiant skin that I love.

Mario Badescu

Ulta

Moisturizer

cruelty free makeup
Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentrè $16

This is literally the best moisturizer ever. It will bring life to ALL skin types. Especially, dry skin. I use to suffer with dry flaky skin and I swear this cured it. I use this every single day!

Embryolisse

Amazon

 

Makeup

Liquid Eyeliner

cruelty free hair products
Eyeko Skinny Liquid Eyeliner $22

I have oily eyelids and this eyeliner does not smudge and it stays in tack all day. I do recommend to using it with an eyeshadow primer.

Eyeko

Ulta

Mascara

cruelty free skincare
Blinc Mascara Amplified $26

This is a tube-technology mascara, meaning it will actually create small little tiny tubes that wraps around your eyelashes and will not smear.

Blinc

Sephora

Contour/Highlight

Conscious brands
Milani Contour & Highlight Duo $11

Since my skin is currently dry, I like to use liquids and creams. I use this in my daily routine to give my face an appearance of higher cheekbones with a touch of luminosity.

Milani

Target

Foundation

 

Conscious makeup
The Ordinary Serum Foundation $7

My philosophy is to wear foundation as if it’s imitating real skin so it looks like you’re not wearing anything at all. Therefore, I prefer foundations to be sheer to medium coverage with a dewy finish. I like to mix The Ordinary Serum Foundation with a illuminating primer.

 Deciem
Eyeshadow Primer

Conscious hair products
Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer $12

Urban Decay’s eyeshadow primer is the best primer I have ever used. It prevents creases and help your eyeshadow have a longevity.

Urban Decay

Sephora

Eyeshadow

 

Conscious skincare
Urban Decay Naked Palette $54

Urban decay’s eyeshadow are so pigmented and it photographs so well so I love using this for weddings.

Urban Decay

Sephora

 

Hair

Shampoo/Conditioner

Conscious products
Hairstory New Wash $40

New Wash is game changer. As a hairstylist, I color my hair A LOT. Usually, I have to use a leave in conditioner, but with New Wash it’s shampoo, conditioner, and leave in conditioner in one. I LOVE IT!!

 Hair Story
Dry Shampoo

Beauty by Rosa Van
Kenra Dry Shampoo $17

My hair tends to weigh down and look flat, so I love to use this in between shampoos for more volume where is needed.

Ulta
Hairspray

Hairstylist and Makeup artist in Philadelphia and NYC
Loma Finishing Hairspray $19

We carry this in the salon where I work, it’s organic and smells like a dream. It’s lightweight and doesn’t get crunchy.

Amazon

 

Guide to Cruelty-Free Makeup Brands

Find your guide to cruelty-free brands here

I have created clickable links to help you have easier access to brands that don’t test on animals.

How to Highlight with Cruelty-Free Makeup

 Learn how to highlight with cruelty-free products

Today, I will help you learn how to highlight with cruelty-free products. We are at a day and age where we should be more aware of what we are putting on our face. As well as, who we are hurting in the process. We need to bring awareness to this global issue. I have decided to make a transition to no longer purchase makeup that are being testing on animals. I hope you join me as well! ENJOY!!

Highlight

  • When choosing a highlight, try to purchase a highlight that compliments your skin tone. A trick I like to use is, testing it on your hand to see how it looks before purchasing it.
  • When using a liquid highlight, be careful when using powders in areas you may want to highlight because it will become splotchy. So avoid using powder in those areas.

Liquid
Use a liquid highlighter such as the NYX Born to Glow Liquid Illuminator or the NARS Illuminator. You can use these step as the base.

  1. Add a liquid highlight to any foundation or moisturizer you use.
  2. For an extra pop, using your fingers add a tiny amount to the high points of your face such as your cheekbones, bridge of your nose, cupid’s bow, and chin.
  3. Set your foundation with powder ONLY to places you have not highlighted. When you mix powder with liquid it tends to get splotchy.

Powder
Use a powder highlighter such as the Anastasia Beverly Hill Glow Kit or the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette (vegan). Follow these instructions after you have already applied your foundation and setting powder.

  1. Apply the highlight to the to the high points of your face such as your cheekbones, bridge of your nose, cupid’s bow, and chin with a brush similar to the e.l.f. highlighting brush or the e.l.f. fan brush.

how to highlight with Cruelty-Free Makeup
NYX Born To Glow Liquid Illuminator

how to highlight with Cruelty-Free Makeup
NARS Illuminator $30
how to highlight with Cruelty-Free Makeup
Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kit $40
how to highlight with Cruelty-Free Makeup
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette $62
how to highlight with Cruelty-Free Makeup
e.l.f. Highlighting Brush $3
how to highlight with Cruelty-Free Makeup
e.l.f. Fan Brush $4

How to Contour with Cruelty-Free Makeup

 Learn how to contour with cruelty-free products

Today, I will help you learn how to contour with cruelty-free products. We are at a day and age where we should be more aware of what we are putting on our face. Also, who we are hurting in the process. We need to bring awareness to this global issue. I have decided to make a transition to no longer purchase makeup that are being testing on animals. I hope you join me as well! ENJOY!!

 

Contour

  • When contouring you always want to use a cool color that is about 4 shades darker than your skin tone. Shadows are never warm so you want you use a color that will give you an illusion of higher cheekbones.
  • When picking a bronzer, you should choose a warm color that is 2-3 shades darker than your skin tone.
  • Always blend with a light pressure. When you blend too hard what it will do is remove the product that you have placed.

Powder
Use powders such as the Kat Von D Shades and Light Palette or the NYX Highlight and Contour Pro Palette. Follow these instructions after you have already applied your foundation and setting powder.

  1. Use a brush that is similar to the Nars Kabuki Ita brush or any brush that has a thin edge to apply the contour shade.
  2. Suck in your cheeks, and follow the line from your ears down to the tip of your eyebrows.
  3. With your desired shade of bronzer, use a fluffy brush like the Nars Yachiyo brush to blend your contour upwards. Blend until you can’t see a line anymore.
  4. Apply bronzer to places where the sun usually hits such as your temples, and forehead. You can also apply bronzer to the side of your jaws and down your neck if you want those areas to appear slimmer.
Philadelphia wedding makeup artist
Kat Von D Shade + Light Contour Palette $46
NYC wedding makeup artist
NYX Highlight & Contour Pro Palette $23
NYC Print makeup artist
NARS Kabuki Ita Brush $55
Philadelphia Print makeup artist
NARS Yachiyo Brush #27 $55

Cream
Use cream contour sticks such as the NARS Sculpting Multiple Duo (laguna) or the Milani Contour & Highlight Cream & Liquid Duo.  Follow these instructions after you have already applied your foundation without setting powder.

  1. Suck in your cheeks, and apply contour shade to the line from your ears down to the tip of your eyebrows, sides of your nose and jaw, forehead, neck.
  2. Use a brush that is fluffy and not dense, like the Urban Decay Diffusing Highlighting Brush or e.l.f. Beautiful Bare Stipple brush to blend your contour in a circular motion with light pressure. Blend until you can’t see any lines anymore.
  3. Apply your desired setting powder.
  4. Apply the a powder bronzer to places you have contoured to blend the lines even more. You do not want to see a solid line. Everything must be blended.
makeup artist in NYC
NARS Sculpting Multiple Duo $39
Milani Contour & Highlight Cream & Liquid Duo
Urban Decay Diffusing Highlighter Brush $32
contour with cruelty-free makeup
e.l.f. Beautifully Bare Stipple Brush $4

 

 

Voilà! That’s all folks!contour with cruelty-free makeup