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VEGAN MAKEUP BRANDS: YOUR GO-TO GUIDE

VEGAN MAKEUP BRANDS: YOUR GO-TO GUIDE

Forget Veganuary, we’re becoming more and more conscious of the products we use – from skincare to makeup – and which ingredients they use. We’re looking into the best vegan makeup brands, and listing them based on who’s approved them and why we think they deserve a place in your crowded beauty collection.

What is vegan makeup?

In short, vegan makeup does not include any ingredient that is derived from an animal or any animal ingredient.

Typical ingredients that aren’t vegan-friendly to look out for, but by no means exhaustive, are:

  • Honey
  • Beeswax
  • Lanolin
  • Collagen
  • Albumen
  • Carmine
  • Cholesterol
  • Gelatin

What is the difference between “Vegan” and “Cruelty-Free” makeup?

Vegan makeup does not include any ingredients that are derived from animals, whereas cruelty-free makeup is not tested on animals. These are not exclusive of one another. For example, a cruelty-free product may include animal-derived products such as honey, whereas a vegan product may have been tested on animals.

For more information, read our blog post on what is cruelty-free?

How do I know if I’m buying vegan makeup?

Most vegan makeup brands will be certified by the following animal welfare brands, so keep an eye out for their symbols on the packaging:

We’ll make sure to keep this list updated, as and when changes happen.

Best Vegan Makeup Brands

Now you know how to identify vegan makeup, it’s time to countdown the best vegan makeup brands to add-to-bag right now.

Illamasqua

Illamasqua always has been and always will be proud to say they’re Vegan-certified by PETA. Their bestselling Beyond Powder highlighter is one of our faves, and it’s made from a completely vegan formulation. We knew we were onto a good thing.

Certified by: PETA

Best vegan makeup products:

INIKA

Australian cosmetics brand INIKA was set up by Melissa Bond as an answer to her search for high quality and safe to use products.

We can confirm that these products are incredible to use: we’re particularly obsessed with the blusher, which is simultaneously pigmented but buildable.

Certified by: The Vegan Society UK

Best vegan makeup products:

Spectrum Collections

Known for their completely vegan and cruelty-free range of makeup brushes, Spectrum have long been part of our makeup routine.

Their brushes are incredibly densely packed and perf’ for blending out eyeshadows. Trust us, you need to try these.

Certified by: The Vegan Society UK

Best vegan makeup brushes:

Bakel

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Italy isn’t just good for pizza and pasta, we’re obsessed with their vegan skincare offering too. Yes, we know it’s not makeup, but gal’s gonna want clear skin to apply her makeup to, and a clear conscience.

Certified by: PETA

Best vegan skincare products:

EcoTools

Another killa’ makeup brush brand that’s totally vegan is EcoTools. Made from sustainable bamboo, these brushes are also totally great for the environment.

Certified by: PETA

Best vegan makeup brushes:

Dr. PAWPAW

Lookin’ for a lip balm that moisturises without the guilt? Then Dr. Pawpaw has gotta’ be your go-to. We’re actually obsessed with this formulation, and find it works great as a cuticle balm too if you have any leftover.

Certified by: PETA

Best vegan skincare products:

Yes To

Another skincare brand doin’ it for the greater good, we’re in love with Yes To’s masks and moisturisers, so get adding these to bag ASAP.

Recommended by: PETA

Best vegan skincare brands:

NYX Professional Make-Up

It’s no secret that we’re obsessed with NYX Professional Makeup here at HQhair. Is NYX vegan, though? Although the occasional product contains beeswax (check the label!), plenty of their products are suitable for vegans.

Recommended by: PETA

Best vegan makeup products:

HealGel

Absolutely killin’ it in the skincare game, HealGel products are the perf’ addition to your vegan skincare collection.

Certified by: PETA

Best vegan skincare products:

Nailberry

Are you due an at-home mani? Make yours a vegan one. We’ve already listed the best nail polish you can treat yo’ self to, and we’re happy to let you know that Nailberry’s are all completely vegan.

Certified by: PETA

Best vegan nail polish:


Have you spotted any more vegan makeup brands we need to add-to-bag?

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