Along with being more conscious about what we’re eating, how we exercise and treat our bodies, Veganuary is also a great time to be more conscious of the beauty products we’re using.
Inspired by the theme of ‘Veganuary’, for the makeup-wearers and beauty enthusiasts, I’ve compiled a list of some of the best vegan beauty products, perfect to throw into any makeup bag after a shower at the gym or perhaps to add to your makeup repertoire- it’s fair to say that my vegan collection is growing extensively!
The market is now so saturated with cruelty-free brands (and although it is a wonderful thing to see so many more ethically conscious brands), it can sometimes be hard to know where to start with it all, but I’m here to help!
Although most cruelty-free brands aren’t entirely vegan, most of them carry extensive ranges of great vegan-friendly products.
I’ve found that some of my favourite brands have entire pages dedicated solely to their vegan products; BeautyBay, NYX, Barry M, Makeup Revolution, I’ve even discovered that SkinnyDip now have an incredible selection of vegan beauty across their site. I used these sites to see if any of the cruelty-free products I was already using, were in fact vegan too and I was thrilled to find out that a lot of them were!
Makeup Revolution Conceal & Define Liquid Concealer
Sometimes post-workout you don’t feel like applying a full face of makeup or a heavy layer of foundation, so I think I’ll kick things off with one of the most hyped and affordable products of 2018- the Makeup Revolution Conceal & Define Liquid Concealer.
I’ve been using it for about 8 months now, and it’s probably one of the best concealers I’ve tried- it’s perfect if you want to cover up any spots, dark circles or problem areas without having to carry a full tube of foundation with you- it’s super compact. I think it’s so loved because of the formula, affordability and shade range- even if you’re curious to try it, it’ll only set you back £4!
Milani Baked Blush
Secondly, another amazing on-the-go product, also a 2-in-1, are these gorgeous Milani Baked Blushes. I discovered these in BeautyBay’s ‘Vegan’ section, and I chose the shades ‘Corallina’– a super pretty coral with gold shimmer which I use every day and ‘Rose D’Oro’– a lovely dusky peach again with gold reflexes.
These blushes have the perfect amount of pigmentation with a touch of baked glow- the pigment is totally buildable to your preference, and essentially your getting a blush-highlight combination- these even come with a little brush underneath! The shade range with these is incredible from deep, dark wine reds to light peachy pinks- there’s an option for everyone!
These are perfect if you’d like a touch of colour on your cheeks without wearing a full face of product, leaving the gym on your way to work to run errands.
Ofra Cosmetics Highlighter
The second product which I also discovered under BeautyBay’s Vegan page is this absolutely stunning highlighter- Rodeo Drive by Ofra Cosmetics.
It comes in at £25 but I’ve just discovered that there are also smaller, more affordable sizes of their highlighters coming in at £10, which are great if you’re looking to invest in one of these but aren’t totally sure of shade choice or if you love highlighter and want something smaller for your gym bag. I understand that these aren’t the cheapest, but if you’re really looking for quality then these are for you- they’re gorgeously glistening and equally buildable, again with a great choice of shades.
Sukin Facial Moisturiser
Everyone can appreciate quality skincare. Even if you’re not into makeup, it’s always important to take care of the skin. Of course vitamins, supplements and exercise can help with our complexion, but it’s also about finding good, clean, natural products which work well with the skin.
I found myself trying this Sukin Facial Moisturiser after picking it up in the Holland & Barrett sale (a great place for natural products of all kinds!) for £1/£2- with little expectation because my skin is sensitive and extremely temperamental with moisturisers and cleansers. I’ve been using it for a few weeks now and love it. Sukin is an entirely vegan, cruelty-free, natural, Australian-made brand, readily available at Holland & Barrett, as well as Boots and Amazon.
Barry M Liquid Lip Paints
Another great set to throw in your makeup bag on the way out the house are these Barry M Matte Me Up Liquid Lip Paint and Lip Kits. These were recommended to me a while ago, and when I found them under their vegan page, I thought I should pick a few up! These are on the more affordable side of the spectrum, but I was genuinely blown away by the pigment here.
These lip liners are also amazing and better than most I’ve tried- ever. I have to say that the lipsticks aren’t as long-lasting as I would have hoped- which is maybe something they can work on in the formula, but compared to so many matte liquid lipsticks out there, I think they stand a fighting chance.
Liquid Lipstick Alternatives
If you’re looking for something a little more durable, again with a vegan formula and you don’t mind spending a little more, then it is my absolute duty to recommend the Jeffree Star Cosmetics Velour Liquid Lipsticks– £16.
I feel that when I do invest my money in any product from this brand, I always- without fail, receive my money’s worth in quality and quantity of product. I’ve built up a little collection of these, which are all completely pigmented and last me a 9-hour shift without budging- I’m sure they would even endure the sweat of an intense workout if you do like a touch of nude lip during your workout- how can you go wrong? The NYX Lip Lingerie collection is also vegan, with a really great formula, pigment, shade range and at a slightly more affordable price of £7- my favourite shade is ‘Exotic.’
There are so many amazing brands out there, so do branch out further than the brands listed above. If you find anything worth writing home about or further still if you try out any of my recommendations and enjoy them as much as I do then, please let me know.