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Green, Clean Beauty Products to Keep You Glowing

Finding “clean” beauty products can be tough. But for starters – what exactly is “clean beauty”? Traditionally, makeup is made with toxic ingredients, chemicals, and gross animal byproducts like sheep grease, fish scales, and crushed insect shells. These ingredients are being absorbed into your precious skin and can even contain carcinogens.  And don’t get us started on the whole animal-testing thing. Instead, switch to “green” products which are just as effective and treat your skin like the temple it is. Here are some great picks that will keep you beautiful.

Best CC cream

Buildable Blur CC Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 35

Finding the right color-correcting cream can feel impossible for many, but Buildable Blur has a range of 18 tones, making it easier to find your shade. They even have a shade finder quiz to help you find the right match. This cream is an all-in-one foundation, moisturizer, and sunscreen.

Best Glow

Rituel de Fille Rare Light Luminizers

We’re not sure about going contour crazy with highlighter, but a little luminous glow here and there never hurt anybody, especially during these chilly months which tend to make us lose our healthy glow. This brand is also Leaping Bunny certified, which means they’re 100% cruelty-free.

Best Lip Color

Kosas Weightless Lipstick

If you want a lipstick that isn’t made out of crushed bugs, consider this buttery, jojoba oil-based lip by Kosas. They have it all, from neutral shades to dark berry tones and full crimsons. Fortified with mango seed and shea butter, this lipstick is as moisturizing as any lip balm, but never greasy.

Best for Eyebrows

Glossier Boy Brow

Trouble keeping your brows on fleek? This grooming pomade by beauty brand uses a completely clean wax that makes brows look thicker while shaping and holding them in place. Unlike other brow gels, this one doesn’t flake or get hard. There is zero fragrance or alcohol in this formula.

Best Foundation

Vapour Soft Focus Foundation

This inclusive brand has a wide gradient range of 19 shades, which we’re loving. With light to medium coverage, this foundation is loved by makeup artists all over thanks to its soothing ingredients of myrrh, lotus, and frankincense. Vapour boasts that this is “foundation that acts like skincare,” and that’s something we can get behind.

Best Mascara

Liquid Lash Extensions Mascara

Nontoxic mascara has a bad reputation. It either comes off too fast, flakes, leaves clumps or doesn’t provide the length you’re looking for. But this Allure-vetted brand finally offers the results you’re looking for, mimicking lash extensions.

Best for Eyes

PYT Beauty Day-to-Night Eyeshadow Palette

We’re loving the combination of colors on this day-to-night eyeshadow palette, which offers both matte and shimmery ranges to play with, in romantic hues. Fortified with Vitamin E, PYT Beauty’s vegan formulas are always hypoallergenic, cruelty-free, and chemical-free.

Best Two in One

Milk Lip and Cheek Stick

This low-maintenance stick gives both lip and cheek color. It promises a flattering “instant flush” with its sheer blush and tinted lip balm. The stick’s hydrating properties such as avocado oil, mango butter, and peach nectar, help keep skin fresh while making color blending a breeze.

-Naima Karp

Photo by ian dooley on Unsplash

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Naima Karp is a New York City native, and currently resides in Toronto, Canada with a remote career as a writer. She’s been completing content for nearly a decade on all things empowerment, relationship, fashion, and lifestyle-related. She has roots in many pots, being 1/2 Russian and 1/2 Pakistani, and hopes to learn as much as she can about other cultures while developing her presence as an author further.

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