I’ve loved makeup since my days of playing dress-up as a kid. The big difference now is that my grown-up choices are more responsible—less toxic, but just as fun. After two friends recently asked about items to buy that are better for you—green, eco, clean, less toxic—and another complimented me on my lip color, I put together some notes on my current favorites. It’s my “what’s in my makeup bag” edition for 2013—with selections by brands taking steps to make products that are safer and less damaging to you and the environment. (Find out more from the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics and the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep database. Also check out The Green Beauty Team for more recommendations from colleagues.)
RMS Beauty – Lip2Cheek
I wear Illusive on cheeks and also patted on lips. It’s a brownish pink with some plum to it that adds a hint of color when it’s dabbed on—with a bit more, you have a bold but neutral lip.
RMS Beauty – Lip Shine
Sublime is a bright bubble gum pink that provides a light pink pop when very gently patted on lips. (I blend it with Lip2Cheek in Illusive for a plummy pink.)
Yes to Carrots – Lip Color Balms
I like that it’s moisturizing and has barely-there color without any shimmer.
RMS Beauty – Living Luminzer
Magic in a jar. This is creamy and provides a glow that really does look like it’s coming from your skin.
Jane Iredale – PurePressed Base Mineral Foundation
For full coverage on my face, I apply this just after moisturizing. Bonus: It’s SPF 20.
RMS Beauty – Un Cover-up
When I don’t wear makeup all over, this is great to pat on sunspots, any red areas, and around the nose.
Alima Pure – Bronzer
Just a brush on the cheekbones and down the nose and you get a faux sun-kissed look.
Vapour Beauty – Illusionist Concealer
Dab it on lightly and it does wonders to conceal dark under-eye circles.
Physician’s Formula Organic Wear – FakeOut Mascara
From the only brand I’ll buy in a drug store, this mascara adds serious length and thickness to lashes.
Vapour Beauty – Mesmerize Eyeliner
It’s easy to apply, has solid staying power, and wakes up my eyes with a clear line across lids or simply dotted on at the lash line.
FOR GOING OUT AND AND GETTING GLAM:
Vapour Beauty – Aura Multi-Use Blush
Spark gives my cheeks a great where-have-you-been? pink flush.
Alima Pure – Satin Matte Eyeliner
When going for drama, I use a wet brush to apply this power eyeliner.
Alima Pure – Luminous Shimmer Eye Shadow
I like Meringue for a dreamy light eye or Smoke for a sultry look.
Jane Iredale – 24-Karat Gold Dust
This comes out for special occasions—brushed on cheekbones and neck/cheeks/shoulders.
Primitive Natural Makeup – Lip Gloss
Creamy and shiny—and not sticky. I wear Rio alone for a soft red or apply it over red lipstick.
Primitive Natural Makeup – Lipstick
My red of choice is Belize, which has a touch of berry and feels bold but not severe.