Friday, October 25, 2013

Article: Cruelty-Free and Vegan Makeup for Halloween Costumes

Image: Vancouver Film School via Flickr
Your bathroom drawers and cupboards may be filled with cruelty-free products, but when it comes to Halloween and other special occasions, do you just buy whatever you can find at a costume shop? Perhaps. I researched some of the top brands for costume makeup so you can know what to look for when shopping for Halloween makeup.

Cruelty-Free Makuep:
The good news is that the majority of popular costume and stage makeup companies are cruelty-free. Look for brands such as Mehron, Ben Nye, Kryolan, Cinema Secrets, and Cover FX, which all don't test on animals. Mehron is one of the most popular brands in costume shops, and they are on PETA's Does Not Test on Animals list. Terra Firma Cosmetics, a cruelty-free company, also carries safer face paints.
Vegan Makeup:
As you may have expected, cruelty-free doesn't always mean vegan. While some of the companies mentioned above have products that don't contain animal products, they are not fully vegan. If you are looking for more unusual makeup, especially for more regular use, I highly recommend checking out the sources listed below.
Image: Vancouver Film School via Flickr
A note about spirit gum:
After much research, I haven't been able to confirm any vegan spirit gums. If you really need spirit gum, look for a cruelty-free brand. Otherwise, you could consider a different costume, or using makeup instead.

If you plan to apply makeup on anyone other than yourself, you may be interested in my previous posts on Sanitizing Makeup for Face Painting, How to Sanitize Your Cosmetics, and Proper Brush Care.

Disclosure notice: Some products mentioned in this review were sent to me free of charge by the manufacturer for review. No additional compensation was accepted and the opinions are my own. Please verify any claims with the manufacturer, especially if you have any allergies or concerns.

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  1. I'm sorry to hear that! I was pulling my data from this website:

    If you can cite a source, I'd be happy to remove the listing. Thanks!


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