If you’re going to clean up your diet for the New Year, there’s no reason not to apply the same principals to your beauty routine too. In fact, there’s a strong argument for adopting a vegan approach to beauty – our skin (and in turn our bloodstream) absorbs up to 60% of the product we apply to it, which, if they’re synthetic and contain preservatives, parabens, and toxins, means our beauty products doing more harm than good.
Vegan skincare and makeup are created without causing harm to animals – meaning that they’re not tested on animals, nor do they contain any animal-derived ingredients. Vegan beauty products are often called out for not being as effective as their non-vegan alternatives, but in recent years formulas have improved to the point at which most are every bit as good – plus, they’re actually much better for your skin. What’s more, many use plant-based ingredients that are rich in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants and will help your skin health to thrive.
Whether you’re a hardcore long-term committed vegan, or someone looking to make more conscious and informed choices, navigating the world of veganism can be complicated. Think of today’s article as your initial immersion into the world of vegan beauty, starting off with just a few of our top vegan beauty products.
Not only is this foundation vegan-friendly, but it also holds up well against the elements – and pretty much anything else life throws at it. Blending seamlessly with skin for truly amazing coverage, I gravitate towards it when I want something that’s super long-lasting and allows me to achieve a flawless finish without applying multiple layers. It’s the perfect night-out-foundation when dancing until dawn is on the cards.
Unlike some synthetic brushes, which can be coarse and scratchy, this is super soft and plush – (but not so much that it sheds – I’ve had mine for over two years and it’s still as good as new). Not only does it feel amazing, but the densely packed, domed bristles means it distributes and blends both liquid and powder makeup perfectly, so I don’t get streaks and it doesn’t absorb tonnes of my foundation.
Virtuous and effective may not always come hand-in-hand when it comes to makeup, but it’s nice when they overlap, and this blush certainly ticks all of the boxes. It’s super pigmented, but so finely milled that it applies effortlessly for the most easily acheived natural effect – no blending required. I particularly love Rose D’Oro, a subtle pink flecked through with gold – ideal for creating a healthy flush when dusted over the tops of my cheeks.
For a seriously deep clean I use this morning and night to remove makeup and deep-rooted grime without imbalancing my extremely reactive skin. It’s a cream texture, so feels comfortable and indulgent, and it doesn’t leave skin with that unbearable too-tight feeling. Pai is a fantastic brand for sensitive-skinned folk – especially if you’re looking to revamp your entire skincare routine with a vegan twist.
Pai Camellia and Rose Gentle Hydrating Cleanser
Jeffree Star’s liquid lipsticks have long since been ranked as one of our favourite beauty buys, but not may people know that the YouTube beauty guru’s entire product line is cruelty-free, and the liquid lipsticks themselves are completely vegan. Proving that there’s no need to sacrifice the quality and efficacy of your makeup to be kind to your skin and the planet, these lipsticks are also amongst the most pigmented and long-lasting I’ve ever tried.
Not only does this vegan-friendly shower gel have the chicest packaging my shower has ever seen, but it smells absolutely divine and leaves my skin so smooth and well-hydrated that I don’t even need to use a body moisturiser afterwards. Plus, the potent blend of bergamot, jojoba, macadamia, and rosehip oils is rich in antioxidants to protect skin from free radical damage. Win, win, win.
Grown Alchemist Body Cleanser Chamomile, Bergamot, and Rosewood
Original Sprout are one of mytop tips for effective, high-quality hair products that are kind to animals and to hair. Dry, frazzled locks in need of rescuing? Spritz all over with this intensely hydrating (and vegan friendly!) treatment spray post-shower to keep knots at bay. Infused with oils and proteins to nourish and repair, jojoba oil is the all-star ingredient in this highly-effective tangle preventative, which keeps hair smooth and soft, no matter what.
Original Sprout Miracle Detangler