Whether your new year’s reso is to go full vegan or you’re dipping a toe into plant-based life with #Veganuary, steering clear of animal products in your beauty routine is easier than you think. I went vegan in January 2018 and while swapping to vegan makeup and skincare products can be tricky at first, there’s never been a better time to make the switch.
Vegan beauty doesn’t just mean mushing up an avocado and some oats to make a DIY face mask (unless you feel like it!), and it doesn’t have to mean spending more money on pricey products you’ve never heard of. 2019 is the year of no compromises when it comes to beauty, and being vegan no longer means missing out. Loads of brands are expanding their vegan offering and, of course, BEAUTY BAY have some belters.
While I discovered some amazing vegan products last year (looking at you Yes To Coconut Ultra Hydrating Micellar Water) there are some drugstore staples I’ve been using for years that I didn’t even realise were animal product free, like Makeup Revolution’s Conceal and Define concealer and Wet n Wild’s Pro Felt Tip Eyeliner. Although it may take a little more research to fill your makeup bag with vegan products that work for you, it’s pretty rewarding to have a guilt-free routine and you’ll find your mates saying ‘Is that really vegan?!’ a lot when they borrow your stuff.
Here are some things you might want to think about when building your vegan beauty routine:
Cruelty-free doesn't always mean vegan
Although it might seem like these two would go hand-in-hand, some products may be cruelty-free but still contain products that come from animals. Always double check just to be sure, or shop our vegan edit for pre-approved products.
Decide how you feel about honey and beeswax
As honey and beeswax come from insects, they are technically not vegan. However, as they can be obtained ethically without any harm to bees, some vegans give them a free pass. It’s up to you! If you do decide you’re okay with using these ingredients, your options open up a little.
Do you only want to shop brands that are 100% vegan?
Some brands make sure that their full range is vegan, while others have vegan and non-vegan products. Decide whether you only want to support totally vegan brands or if you’re going to be more flexible.
If you’re going vegan for environmental reasons, you also might want to think about waving goodbye to disposable facewipes. If you use plastic-free cotton pads, one sweep of this AMAZING micellar water removes makeup and dirt from your face, and you can chuck the used pad on the compost or in with your food waste as it is biodegradable.