Lately, people are becoming more and more conscious about the kind of makeup products they’re using. You can see the terms vegan-friendly, cruelty-free, and paraben-free makeup popping up everywhere. But just what do these terms mean? Well, cruelty-free makeup refers to products which have not been tested on animals while vegan-friendly products are those which do not contain animal ingredients or animal-derived ingredients.
Paraben-free makeup on the other hand, as the name suggests, is cosmetic products which do not contain any parabens, which are chemicals that are regularly used in food and cosmetic products as preservatives in order to prevent the growth of harmful bacteria and mold and extend shelf life. The reason people want to use paraben-free makeup is that many believe parabens are linked to breast cancer due to the fact they contain some weak estrogen-like properties which cause breast cells (both cancerous and normal) to grow and divide.
The debate on whether that is or is not true is on-going and you can learn more on whether parabens are really dangerous here, but if you would like to be on the safer side and opt for paraben-free makeup, then scroll down to see a list of products which are free of parabens.
IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream, $39.00
Winner of Allure’s Reader’s Choice Award 2018, this foundation is suitable for all skin types, full coverage, anti-aging, and with SPF 50.
Amazonian Clay Full Coverage Foundation, $39.00
bareMinerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Moisturizer, $30.00
This is an award-winning, oil-free tinted moisturizer, with sheer to medium coverage, which will hydrate and protect your skin and give you an even complexion. Suitable for all skin types.
Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer, $36.00
Suitable for all skin types, this oil-free, lightweight gel face primer will smooth your skin and give you a flawless canvas for your foundation. It is also vegan, cruelty-free, and fragrance-free.
First Aid Beauty Hello FAB Coconut Smoothie Priming Moisturizer, $28.00
This two-in-one moisturizer and primer is suitable for all skin types, and is free of oil, noncomedogenic, fragrance-free and cruelty-free.
IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Full Coverage Anti-Aging Waterproof Concealer, $26.00
This is a waterproof concealer, infused with collagen to give our skin elasticity and get rid of under-eye circles for up to 24 hours. Available in 48 shades.
Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer, $30.00
This is an award-winning concealer which provides flawless, buildable coverage and is ideal for all skin types.
Laura Mercier Flawless Fusion Ultra Longwear Concealer, $29.00
This is yet another award-winning concealer which provides medium to full coverage and will last for up to 12 hours. It has an oil-free formula and is noncomedogenic.
bareMinerals Mineral Veil Setting Powder, $24.00
This is a sheer, loose setting powder, which is suitable for all skin tones and skin types and will give you a camera-ready look by minimizing the appearance of fine lines and pores.
Becca Hydra-Mist Set & Refresh Powder, $39.00
A loose translucent finish powder, this is formulated with 50 percent water and glycerin, giving you a light-weight, misty feeling and a seamless finish. Winner of Allure’s Best of Beauty award.
Laura Mercier Translucent Pressed Setting Powder, $39.00
This is a pressed finishing powder, which makes it perfect for on-the-go touch-ups. It has two shades which are designed to suit all skin tones. Another Allure Best of Beauty award winner.
Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzer, $30.00
This is an award-winning bronzer, with a matte finish and infused with 100 percent real cocoa powder. It comes in three delicious-smelling shades.
Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit, $40.00
This palette comes with three highlight and three contour colors which are all removable and refillable, so you get a real value for your money.
Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush, $29.00
This powder blush comes in 14 different shades to choose from, contains long-wearing Amazonian clay, and is mineral-oil free.
Too Faced Natural Face Palette, $44.00
This palette has everything you need for a perfect glow – from bronzer to blush to highlighter. It has a soft velvety-finish and is infused with coconut butter. The palette has six shades with different finishes: two shimmer highlighters, a matte and a satin blush, and satin and shimmer bronzing veils.
Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette, $54.00
Urban Decay’s Naked palettes are known for being high-quality and a staple in most makeup enthusiasts’ kits. This palette has 12 rose-hued neutral eye shades in every finish, for all your needs.
Tarte Tartelette In Bloom Clay Eyeshadow Palette, $39.00
This palette has a combination of matte shades and micro-shimmer shades, from light pinks and beiges to purples and dark browns. It is infused with Amazonian clay.
Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Eye Shadow Palette, $42.00
This palette is perfect if you prefer berry-toned shadows. It has 14 different shades, ranging from neutrals to bright pinks and corals, as well as with matte and shimmer finishes.
Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara, $24.00
This smudge-proof mascara has an hourglass-shaped brush to give you the utmost volume, and long-lasting wear.
Lancome Monsieur Big Mascara, $25.00
This Allure Best of Beauty award winner mascara will give your voluminous lashes for up to 24 hours.
Benefit Cosmetics BADgal BANG! Volumizing Mascara, $25.00
Yet another Allure Best of Beauty award winner this mascara promises to give you 36-hour, full-blast, voluminous lashes with a buildable formula.
Kat Von D Tattoo Liner, $20.00
Every beauty fan knows just how good and budge-proof Kat Von D’s liquid tattoo liner is. It comes in two shades, black and brown, and features a thin precise tip for the perfect cat eye.
Marc Jacobs Highliner Gel Eye Crayon Eyeliner, $25.00
This pencil eyeliner comes in 40 different shades and four different finishes: shimmer, matte, satin, and glitter. It has a long-lasting, pigmented formula similar to gel liners.
Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner, $27.00
This liner will give you 12 hours of waterproof, sweat-resistant, humidity-resistant wear in five shades. It’s easy to use, precise, and long-lasting.
Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade, $18.00
This brow pomade is a beauty-enthusiast favorite, as are a lot of Anastasia Beverly Hills brow products. This pomade is great for everyone, but especially so if you have oily skin or live in a humid climate because it will not budge.
Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz, $21.00
This retractable brow pencil will offer you precise detailing and allow you to create hair-like strokes and is just as good as the pomade.
Benefit Cosmetics Goof Proof Brow Pencil Easy Shape & Fill, $24.00
This retractable pencil has a wide base which is great for filling in and a thin, pointed edge to define the tail end of your brows. It is an Allure Best of Beauty award winner.
Huda Beauty Liquid Matte Lipstick, $20.00
This liquid lipstick is long-wearing, transfer-proof and comes in 25 matte shades and 2 metallic shades.
Fenty Beauty Stunna Lip Paint Longwear Fluid Lip Color, $24.00
These lipsticks are amazing, as is expected with anything by Rihanna. You can choose from eight bright colors in a matte finish which look great with every skin tone.
Fenty Beauty Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick, $18.00
If you’re more of a traditional lipstick kind of person, these are also an amazing option and they come in 25 shades which range from nudes to blue, green, and purple.
bareMinerals BAREPRO Longwear Lipstick, $20.00
This lipstick offers more wearable, day-to-day colors if you’re not the type of person who likes to rock a too-bold lip. It is full coverage and lasts for up to eight hours.
Becca Ultimate Lipstick Love, $24.00
These lipsticks by Becca are also more low-key when it comes to the shades, but you have 34 different colors to choose from.