Monday, June 23, 2014

Ask Kaylin: Vegan Makeup Overhaul

So you want to switch over to vegan beauty products? Yay! But where do you start? Few department stores carry vegan products, and all-vegan lines such as Gabriel might be a little out of your price range. Read on to find out how to revamp your beauty bag, vegan-style.

I'm a new vegan and want to switch over my makeup as well. Any recommendations?

Congratulations on your commitment to cruelty-free makeup and products free of animal by-products. This is an exciting journey, and I'd love to offer some suggestions:
  1. Evaluate your current collection. How many of your products are expired? Which don't you use? Are the shades still right for you? Tanned skin, a change in hair color, or other variables can change your needs over time. Click here to find out if your products are expired, and here for ideas on disposing of old products.
  2. Make a list of what you need. Are you planning to buy a whole new beauty bag at once? Or add a few products at a time? Determine what you need so you can focus your budget and efforts accordingly.
  3. Do your homework. Find out what you should look for in your new vegan makeup items. Check out these tips for the most common non-vegan ingredients and what to look for and avoid in vegan makeup. If you need a new foundation, do you want a loose powder, pressed powder, liquid, or cream? These are the questions you'll need to answer before you make any purchases.
  4. Test out new products. Try to test out any new items before you buy. Whole Foods and other health food stores often offer testers. Just remember to test on the back of your hand - NOT on your face - for sanitary reasons. If the products you like aren't available for testing, look for sample or trial sizes, or purchase from stores that allow returns on opened products (if possible).
If you're looking for tips on specific brands and products, I can offer help there as well. First, I recommend skimming my article on which products are worth splurging on and which are better to seek out budget options.  Then, read on for my recommendations:

See more brand ideas and links for artists on The Mercenary Makeup Artist resource page.

Disclosure notice: This review contains affiliate links. Some products mentioned in this article may have been sent free of charge by the manufacturer for review purposes. 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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