- Unless you are allergic to a product, consider using it up until it expires or runs out. Eco-friendly cosmetics still take resources to produce, so it may be better for the environment to use up what you have before reaching for something new. Cosmetics such as eye shadows can last as long two years, so consider using longer-lasting powders for at least a few months before swapping them out for something more natural.
- Buy or try samples of new cosmetics and make sure you purchase from a company with a liberal return policy. Just like buying any other new cosmetic, you want to be sure you can test colors and see how a product wears throughout the day before making a large purchase. Don't be lured into one-day sales or impulse buys for items that will be on your face all day.
- Look for cruelty-free drugstore products. Try items from brands such as Burt's Bees, Physician's Formula, Pacifica, and E.L.F. (mineral line). Check the EWG Skin Deep database to find the most gentle products.
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