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Healthier Makeup

Sunday, February 10, 2013

The names of most of makeup and beauty products sound yummy (Cocoa Swirl, Plum Wine, Fresh Peach, etc) but if you read the ingredients, they don't sound as inviting--diethl phthalate, phthalates, DEA, etc. Who even knows what these chemicals are or what they might do to you.
AND most of what you smear on your skin, gets absorbed into it.

So here are some make up tips to limit the damage to your skin and health, if you wear makeup:

1. Apply foundation only where you need it instead of all over your face. It reduces your exposure to potentially harmful ingredients, and looks more natural.

2. Curl your lashes. It does more to "wake up" your eyes than a pile of product, makes your eyes look wider, and doesn't increase your risk of eye infection.

3. Invest in a professional brow shaping--and Professional here doesn't mean the store in the mall. Clean arched brows emphasize the eyes and cheekbones and gives you a naturally polished look even without makeup. A pro will determine the best shape for your face and you will be able to maintain it with occasional tweezing.

4. Most days, stick to neutral, sheer colors for your lips. It won't look obvious as it wears off, which reduces your need to constantly reapply. And a touch of sheer or rosy gloss in the center of your lips will reflect light and make them appear fuller.

5. Healthier Makeup Options:

Burt's Bees Blushing Creme
Unsurprisingly, beeswax is a key ingredient. Cocoa butter and rosemary oil keep skin
soft and clear.

Dr. Hauschka Translucent Makeup
If most foundation covers skin like a curtain, Dr. Hauschka's is a veil of sheer gauze. Instead of hiding skin, it just mutes redness and blotchiness -- without preservatives or synthetic fragrances.

Eye Colors Flower
Waxes lend these shadows impressive staying power -- even after several hours of wear, they don't crease.

Lavera Volume Mascara
It won't produce lashes of quite the same magnitude as the bigger-is-better brands. But if you're after a natural "I was born this way" look, Lavera's mascara certainly delivers.

Dr. Hauschka Body Powder
This silk-and-rice powder may sell as a body product, but it's unbeatable at absorbing oil and setting makeup.

Aveda Lip Color Concentrate
Made with soothing, smoothing jojoba oil and aloe, this dense, pigment-rich lip color also has certifiedorganic berry extracts to help protect and nourish the skin.

Lavera Rouge
Thanks to the strict European cosmetics standards it follows and the organic ingredients it contains, this German-born blush is one of the purest around.

Origins Flower Fusion
The flower and rice-bran waxes in this lipstick bind to the lips, bringing color that lasts and lips that don't dry out. It comes in 24 shades, all complexion-friendly.

Zia Natural Skincare Powder
It can top foundation, but for a less-is-more look that lasts, apply it alone with a damp makeup sponge.

The Body Shop Eye Definer and Lip Liner
Thanks to healthy plant fats from palm kernel and marula tree oils, the Body Shop' s eye- and lip-liners smudge enough to smooth out a less-than-perfect line but stay put throughout the day.

Origins Rain and Shine Lip Tint With SPF 15
Among the perks of this healthier choice: The natural flavor and fragrance of vanilla and mint oils, not to mention deliciously sheer color.

JASON Temptations Moisturizing Lip Tint
An Eva Scrivo favorite, it goes on sheer, feels smooth (not sticky), and tastes like peppermint.

Take care of yourself AND stay beautiful!
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Member Comments About This Blog Post
    Another helpful blog. Since going vegan, I've used up all my conventional personal care products and slowly making the switch to all cruelty-free stuff. The most surprising thing I've learned is just because you find it in a natural foods store doesn't necessarily mean it's vegan.
    1947 days ago
    Sounds right up my alley! I don't usually wear any make-up at home (which is where I stay 98% of my time.)
    1953 days ago
    Great info!
    1953 days ago
    Thanks for the info! I'm pretty minimal on make up but it is always good to have some options. :)
    1953 days ago
  • OTEN36
    They sound great!
    thanks for sharing
    1953 days ago
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