Top 10 Natural Makeup Products - That Actually Work!

As I've been on this journey to regain my health for the last four years, I've slowly started to "green" different aspects of my life. I started with my diet, then home, then body and hygiene products, and now.... makeup. Ugh. Que giant elephant tears. (Here's a post on four other easy ways I detoxed my life.)

It's not that I didn't think this was important - it's just that I had SO MUCH money invested in makeup products. And it's not like you go through them quickly like soap or other things. Every time I'd go to throw away a Mac eyeshadow, I envisioned a $20 bill bursting into flames in front of my very eyes. I mean, just relish in all this overpriced, toxic beauty for a second.

I mean, last year I had over 2,000 Sephora points. Those are dollar for dollar, my friends. And that's only Sephora. So when people start whining about throwing away their $5 Revlon foundation - I'm really not in the mood.

I'm sure some of you can relate to this crisis.

Why Natural Makeup?

According to Dr. Mercola, over 13,000 chemicals are used in cosmetics yet only 10% have been evaluated for safety. WHAT! What's even WORSE is that cosmetics can come on to the market without ANY type of approval as the law doesn't even require cosmetic companies to share their info with the FDA. Bottom line: you are putting an average of 168 dangerous chemicals on your skin per day and no one is regulating it.

The skin on your face, especially around the eyes, is SO sensitive and thin. It takes about 30 seconds for those toxins to fully make it into your bloodstream - and we're talking dyes, fragrance, numerous chemicals. Plus, a lot of the makeup going on your eyes eventually gets IN your eyes during cleaning or just by particles falling and that ain't good. 

Here is a list of the 7 most dangerous chemicals in your makeup. These chemicals are linked to infertility, endocrine disruption, premature aging, cancer, and a hundred other things. Eew.

The quest for natural products that actually work is a long and costly one. And I'm VERY PICKY. I researched various websites, chemicals, and scoured reviews. So I'm hoping to impart some of my knowledge upon you and spare you the misery. I can't, however, spare you the misery of throwing away your toxic makeup. 

Top 10 Natural Makeup Essentials

Note: I have combination, but mostly oily, acne prone skin. My products are always geared toward sensitive skin and unclogging pores.

Primer. One thing I want you to understand about primers is they contain Dimethicone - basically a silicone oil. It has a generally low hazard rating, however, it is a PORE CLOGGER. This could be the culprit of your breakouts/enlarged pores because although it makes your skin silky smooth, it fills pores and traps dirt/sweat. I have found two that are natural and silicone free.

Tarte Flawless 12 hr Brightening Primer - great for combination or dry skin. Never had an issue or breakout. It works for me in the winter, but in the summer I need more matte. 

Jouer Anti-Blemish Mattifying Primer - this is perfect for oily skin or summer time. It actually treats acne with salicylic acid and so it fights breakouts as well.

Foundation. Foundation and primer are the most important items (in my opinion) since they cover the most surface space. I have found two so far that I have really liked.

Beauty Counter Tint Skin. This is one of the cleanest foundations out there! And no SPF - yay! I was very skeptical about this since it seems like it's not a "real" foundation but more of a BB cream. Well, after watching YouTube reviews until my eyes got blurry, I decided to go for it. It is definitely light coverage if you just rub it on with your fingers -great for a quick fix. But if you use a stippling brush it is certainly medium to quasi-full coverage. It's a hydrating foundation as well, and so I use the mattifying primer under.

Tarte Rainforest of the Sea water foundation. This is medium coverage, although you can certainly build it up. The most noticeable thing about this is that it feels like nothing. A welcomed concept in the world of foundations. It's hydrating - so if you have more dry or combo skin, you'll be just fine. I need the matte primer underneath and I can't wear this on super hot days. My only downside is SPF - I hate when products have that, I don't like the potential chalky cast in photos and think it adds unnecessary chemicals. If I'm going tanning, I'm not wearing foundation anyway PEOPLE.


Eye Products. This is definitely the toughest area to find good products. Good grief, I've gone through so many mascaras I'm going to do a whole separate blog post on that. 

Eye Shadow - Silk naturals are very pigmented, long wearing, and suuuuuper cheap. Their products are loose, mineral style, however, so just know that. You can also use water to make them into gel liners.

Eye Liner - for my waterline, I love Antonym - it's long wearing, non-irritating, and super clean. For liquid, the 100% Pure Long Last Liquid Liner. This has amazing staying power, but it has the brush applicator, not the felt tip so it's kinda tricky. And once it starts to dry, you can't go back over it.

Mascara - This is the W3LL People one, which many love, but doesn't do enough volume for me and smudges a little. The one I have found to be better is ZuZu Luxe by Gabriel Cosmetics. You must be sure to layer it on continuously to build it up before it dries! I am trying the 100% Pure one next - I hear good things!

Blush. I've been using Bare Minerals and like them a lot. Silk Naturals has similar blushes for a much cheaper price.

Concealer. RMS Beauty "Un" Cover-Up concealer is awesome! This is an important category, since under eye skin is sooooo delicate and thin - you don't want chemicals there! Over the top of that, I've been using the Bare Minerals Stroke of Light to brighten. And if you really want that all to stay put, set it with a plain silica powder.

Lip Products. It's no secret I love Bite Beauty products - ALL OF THEM. As clean as you can get, even pigmented and flavored by fruit. Pictured below is their lip primer (amazing for prepping dry lips and extending staying power), Agave Lip Mask (a great exfoliating and conditioning mask), Amuse Bouche lipstick, and Opal Lip Gloss (iridescent gloss that works over everything)! 

Tell me about any natural makeup products you've had success with??

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