Vegan Makeup Facts You Should Know If You're Planning To Switch To It

Vegan Makeup Facts You Should Know If You're Planning To Switch To It

If you accidentally purchased products that aren't organic, worry not, here are some vegan makeup facts to help you begin your green beauty journey.

Take one look at your local cosmetic store. You'll notice that many products are now labelled "green," "organic" or "cruelty-free." This is because over the years the green beauty industry has flourished. So much so that millennials want to arm themselves with all the vegan makeup facts so they can make a major lifestyle change.  

In fact, a recent Harris Poll survey found that 75 percent of millennial women aged between 18 and 34 years believe that purchasing green products is important to them.  

"More than 6 in 10 women now read beauty product labels prior to purchase," found the study. This, in addition to the "37 percent of women (who) plan to purchase more green beauty products over the next two years, compared to what they currently do." 

The study proves that there has been a dramatic shift towards green beauty. Today, consumers want to know all of the vegan makeup facts in order to buy what's best for their skin, and rightfully so.

But if you're confused about where to begin and have accidentally purchased products that aren't vegan, worry not. Slip ups happen. What matters most is that you have made the conscious decision to go cruelty-free. Honestly, we should all be making more informed decisions and we hope the steps below will help.  

5 Vegan Makeup Facts For Beginners 

Here are five vegan makeup facts for all green beauty beginners. 

1. Cruelty-free Vs vegan makeup 

Both these terms have different meanings. Cruelty-free makeup means that the products have not been tested on animals. While vegan makeup means that the cosmetics do not have any animal products such as milk, honey, beeswax, whey and/or shellac. 

Unfortunately, both do not often go hand-in-hand. This means that while cruelty-free products are not tested on animals, they may or may not have animal products. Similarly, while vegan products do not include animal products, they may or may not have been tested on animals.

So your best bet is to read the product labels properly. 

2. Look for the bunny 

All cruelty-free cosmetic products are certified under the Leaping Bunny Program and carry this (below) logo. 

When a product carries this logo it means that the manufacturer agrees to adhere to the Leaping Bunny standards (recognised worldwide).

One of its most important rules states that "The Company shall not allow Animal Testing to be performed by or for submission to regulatory agencies in foreign countries." 

3. Shop at large co-op food stores

Although many cosmetic giants have now started lining up vegan and cruelty-free products at their stores, chances are you will not find a huge variety. 

So if you have a large co-op or green food store, do look out for its cosmetic counter. Many such conglomerates now have their own beauty stores where they keep vegan makeup.

4. Remember to check your nail polish 

Many nail polishes reportedly have crushed beetle shells in them. Jenna Hipp, better known as "The Green Celebrity Nail Stylist," told The Huffington Post that "brands use pigments from the insects, as well as fish scales and oyster shells to achieve the gold and silver sheen found in metallic nail colors." 

So when you go to your next nail salon appointment make sure to check the products used for the Leaping Bunny Program logo or check out

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This website should be your go-to, if you want to check that your preferred brand of nail paints do nor contain chemicals such as formaldehyde or formaldehyde resin.

5. Look for ingredients not suitable for vegans 

The ingredient list is crucial in order to understand whether or not your product is a 100 percent vegan. 

Brands such as Arbonne, Pacifica, Cover FX, Axiology, Love + Sage, OCC, Lime Crime, E.L.F, and Inika have products that are  completely vegan. On the other hand natural and cruelty-free brands including Tarte Cosmetics, The Body Shop, RMS and BareMinerals offer a selection of vegan products.

Although the list of ingredients that PETA considers not animal-friendly is long, we've rounded the basic ones for you. Keep your eyes peeled for these ingredients (as listed by Byrdie), when you go out makeup shopping. 

  • Beeswax. It is also labelled as cera alba or cera flava.
  • Carmine. It is also labelled as carminic acid, cochineal extract, crimson lake, natural red 4 or CI 75470.
  • Lanolin. It is also labelled as aliphatic alcohols, cholesterin, isopropyl lanolate, laneth, lanogene, lanolin alcohols, lanosterols, sterols, or triterpene alcohols.
  • Glycerin. It is also labelled as glycerides, glyceryls or polyglycerol.
  • Shark liver oil. It is also labelled as squalane.
  • Honey. It is also labelled as Apis mellifera.
  • Fish scales. It is also labelled as guanine, CI 75170, C.I. natural white 1. You may also read it as dew pearl, guanine enol or natural pearl essence.
  • Retinol. It should be labelled as carotene, aka vitamin A that is derived from plants.
  • Animal hair and furYour brushes should be made with synthetic bristles or synthetic hair.
  • Animal-derived collagen. It is also labelled as hydrolyzed collagen or hydrolyzed animal protein.

With all these vegan makeup facts out in the open, if you are still determined, we recommend starting slowly with a beginners makeup bag.  

5 Vegan Makeup Products To Get You Started 

Irrespective of whether or not you like Instagram makeup tutorials, their method to first slather on a primer is the right way to begin. This is true especially if you have combination skin or are prone to acne. We recommend the Too Faced Hangover primer (S$49) for starters. 

For your base, try the Alima PURE foundations ($56.15) that are high-performance and cruelty-free. They are all day wear and are just as luxe as any high-end branded foundation. 

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Go with Urban Decay eyeshadow palettes (S$83) to impress everybody with your budding makeup skills.

Follow it up with the Kat Von D contour palette (S$73) to carve out those cheekbones (don't worry if you don't have any, that's what this product is for!). And finally, glow to the stars with some CoverFX custom enhancer drops (S$65). 

Source: SCMP, The Huffington Post, The Honeycombers

Also read: How To Achieve A Natural Makeup Look For Brown Skin, Just Like The Duchess

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Written by

Deepshikha Punj