I Swapped Out My Makeup Products For Their All-Natural Alternatives

Take a look inside this Editor's non-toxic kit.

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

Foundation, concealer, RMS, natural make-up

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.

Shop RMS Beauty “Un” Cover-Up.


face powder, natural make-up

Great at keeping shine at bay, this compact powder contains nourishing botanicals that give it a soft finish.

Shop Dr. Haushka Translucent Face Powder.


cream blush, Josie Maran, natural make-up

A light gel-cream in a coconut water base, this clever blush adds a healthy pop of colour that can be built to your desired level of intensity.

Shop Josie Maran Coconut Watercolour Cheek Gelee in Poppy Paradise.


Bronzer, natural make-up, 100% Pure

A classic warm bronzer with a subtle shimmer for a sun-kissed look; the pigment is derived from cocoa, coffee and berries.

Shop 100% Pure Cocoa Bronzer.


Eyeliner, natural make-up

ILIA is one of my favourite natural makeup discoveries. This liner comes in a handy retractable pencil that delivers strong pigment and lasts well.

Shop ILIA Pure Eyeliner in Shadowplay.


Mascara, natural make-up

The great big feathery brush builds length and volume, while the plant-based formulation conditions lashes. Doesn’t clump or flake.

Shop Origins Ginzing Mascara.


Brows, eyebrow gel, Ere Perez, natural make-up

This fresh, light clear gel is a pleasure to use and leaves brows groomed, yet soft and touchable.

Shop Ere Perez Aloe Vera Lash & Brow Gel.

Eye colour

eye colour, cream eyeshadow, RMS, natural make-up

I’m a cream eye-shadow devotee, and RMS makes a great selection of coconut oil-based colours that produce a light sheen or a strong pigment depending on the heaviness of application.

Shop RMS Beauty Eye Polish in Solar.


Highlighter, cream illuminizer, RMS, natural make-up

This product is many a model’s best-kept makeup secret. Dab on the top of your cheekbones, in the corner of the eyes, down the bridge of your nose and on your cupid’s bow for a halo effect.

Shop RMS Beauty Living Luminizer.

Lip colour

Lip Colour, natural make-up

Somewhere between a lipstick and a balm, this conditioning formula comes in a lovely array of shades.

Shop W3LL People Nudist 8 Colour Balm in Poppy.


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