Consider these six great product ideas for cruelty-free makeup, quick and easy palettes for glowing skin, toxic-free nail polish, a primer for lasting-makeup and smoother skin, and shimmery lip tints, to get you ready for a night out or a special date.
Apply EmerginC’s Red Carpet Primer after moisturizer and before makeup for smoother looking skin.
This naturally tinted primer is infused with plant-based hydrating and plumping micro-spheres, a technology that helps reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines and conceals large pores to smooth and even the complexion and prime the skin for long-lasting makeup application.
Suitable for all skin types, Red Carpet Primer contains an oil-soluble form of vitamin C (making it more stable) and providing anti-aging benefits to the skin by reducing UVA and UVB and free radical damage. $44.
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This limited edition makeup palette from Sue Devitt helps you transform your look from daytime chic to nighttime glamour in neutral shades to flatter every skin tone.
Tips: For daytime, choose the pale pink or champagne eye shadow to brighten your eyes, sweep the pale pink blush on the apples of your cheeks for that fresh look and add a hint of color and shine with the nude or coral lip gloss.
For nighttime, use a pale eye shadow on the eyelid and to highlight the brow bone. Then, brush the dark eye shadow along the upper and lower lash lines toward the outer corner, using a sweeping motion and blend into the crease to create depth. Use the deep rose blush to contour the cheeks and finish with the mauve lip gloss for a sophisticated look. $37.50
For a simple, easy way to achieve a healthy glow, try Mally Beauty’s Shimmer, Shape & Glow Face Defining System.
This palette comes in three shades. The first powder lifts and illuminates the cheekbones. The second powder contours, and the last powder gives you a glow. The Face Defining System comes in Peach Fair (Life Is Lighter), Peach Light/Medium, In The Pink (Lighter), In The Pink (Deeper) and Peach Deep (Love Is Deeper) to work on all skin tones. $40.
Crabtree & Evelyn Lip Tints are subtly flavored and give lips long-lasting shine.
The Lip Tints contain aloe leaf extract to sooth lips, shea butter to moisturize and condition, and castor, safflower and grapeseed oils to hydrate lips. Wear alone or over lipstick for shimmer. Try the nude lip tints in Apple, Caramel, Sweet Tea and Mulberry. $9 each.
Beauty Without Cruelty was founded in 1963 in England to manufacture and distribute natural color cosmetics not tested on animals or containing animal ingredients. It was introduced in the US in 1989 and now has a full line of cruelty-free and vegetarian skin, body, and hair care products with natural ingredients and organic essential oils.
Beauty Without Cruelty’s makeup line features an extensive line of color cosmetics including waterproof mascaras, Infusion lipsticks and eye shadows. The lipsticks are vegan, as well as carmine, paraben, fragrance and gluten free, and come in 30 shades inspired by nature. The mascaras are available in three formulas (waterproof, full volume and ultimate natural) with organic Japanese berry wax to keep lashes soft and supple. (They could use a larger variety of shades in their concealers, foundations and powders).
Products range in price from High Gloss Nail Colour ($13.95), Moisturizing Lipstick ($14.95), Mascaras ($23.95) to Mineral Eyeshadow ($24.95).
Are natural products really better? Learn more about Organic Cosmetics and Natural Skin Care.
Try a sheer red nail lacquer like Duri Nail Polish in Every Day Is A Valentine.
Duri nail polish is free of the chemicals dibutyl phthalate (DBP), toluene and formaldehyde. Every Day Is A Valentine is a nice sentiment, plus the polish is only $5 or less depending on where you buy it.
Do you wear the right nail polish for your skin tone?