For years, I have been committed to reducing chemicals and environmental toxins in my daily life, ditching everything from Teflon pans and plastics to over-the-counter medications in favour of natural alternatives. I eat organic produce and make my own cleaning products from vinegar, eucalyptus and baking soda. I brush my teeth with charcoal powder and use a biodegradable shampoo and body wash. It feels great, and I wholeheartedly recommend a sustainable lifestyle to everyone.
That being said, there was a glaring pink elephant in my cosmetics bag in the form of my trusty conventional make-up products—from mascara to concealer—all containing parabens, sulphates, mineral oils, PEGs, and other chemical ingredients (the key additives to watch out for if you’re looking to go chemical-free). The reason? While switching over to natural skin and hair care was a breeze, natural make-up alternatives had never quite held up to their high-performance mass-brand counterparts. Oil-based mascara would leave me panda-eyed, foundations didn’t come in a wide enough range of shades, cream blush formulations were dry and funky, and powders not refined enough.
The natural cosmetics market has progressed enormously since my last make-up bag edit, and in the name of health and non-hypocrisy, I was determined to clean up my cosmetics for good. Through extensive research and road testing, I’ve come up with a curated collection of go-to natural everyday make-up products that pleasantly out-perform my old big-brand addictions. Going beyond the basic “mineral makeup” products, these cosmetic fundamentals are as sophisticated as any you’d find in a makeup artists’ kit.
Foundation / Concealer
This neat little pot goes a long way. I blend with moisturiser to create a light foundation, apply it neat to areas that need more coverage, and use with a concealer brush to camouflage pimples.