Chatting it up with my friend Kelly from Apple Seed Cuisine, it came to my attention how absent I’ve been from sharing lifestyle content on here. We stumbled onto the topic of makeup and it got me thinking how fun it would be to share with all of you. Well, those of you interested in cruelty-free vegan makeup.
I like to keep my routine as simplistic as possible. Most days I’m bare faced. But when I’m feeling a little less than confident with my skin, I turn to this lineup. All are of course made from vegan ingredients and not tested on animals. I’m also super excited to talk about this topic because everything I learned about vegan makeup was through other’s recommendations. I spent a solid year finding what worked for me and of course as new things are being made I’m always keen to try them. However I’m really loving this combo of products. It works great for my skin-type (combination oily/dry and acne prone). Hopefully it helps guide you to discovering some awesome brands with products that work for you.
Being a stay-at-home, I don’t venture out too often. Even then it’s usually to visit my family. I like to let my skin breathe as much as possible by keeping it clean and clear of makeup in that down time. Not to say any of these products break me out, but embracing my natural beauty is important to me at this stage of my life. I’m proud of how far my skin has come since transitioning to the vegan lifestyle. I’ve had acne since I was 10 – now I usually only have hormonal breakouts once a month. It’s been a long road to get to this point though. I attribute my clear skin to eating clean foods and drinking copious amounts of water on a daily basis. As well as following a simple skincare regiment. If you’re interested in hearing more about that, I’d love to share a detailed post on what products I use for cleansing.
On to the good stuff. My makeup routine starts with a fresh face. I love to use Acure Organics Brightening Facial Scrub every other day in combination with African Black Soap (if I’m treating active breakouts). Mixing them together in equal parts and gently buffing it into my dampened skin in concentric circles. Then I let it sit for 3-5 minutes to really let that black soap work its magic.
After rinsing and patting dry, I apply a combo of moisturizing products. Before my skin has a chance to fully dry/become tight. My cheeks tend to be on the dryer side so I focus the Cocokind Raspberry Jasmine All-Over Oil there first to let it absorb before gently tapping it into my skin using my fingers, with clean hands of course. I like to roll the oil all over my face and pat it in as opposed to rubbing it. My T-zone runs oily as is so I don’t apply the oil there, any residual oil left gets patted in down my neck. I let that set for at least 5-10 minutes before applying my makeup.
Once I’m ready to “paint my face” I add a few spritz of this Cocokind Rosewater. It acts as a toner and primer all in one. Thanks to Priscilla aka Cocokind’s founder, I’m now obsessed with doing this! I find it helps my powder foundation look more natural and last longer throughout the day. After that dries I conceal any red spots and highlight the inner corner of my eyes. They usually look dull and dark, so concealer brightens them up. I like to use the Kat Von D lock-it concealer in Light 1 or 3. I pat it in using a clean finger and then move on to powder. Now I don’t know about you but liquid foundation on my face makes me want to scream. It always feels too heavy, it falls off my face and I hate it. I literally hate it. Enter powder foundation – it is life changing. I swear by it if you have normal to combination skin. If you’re on the dryer side it might look patchy, just a heads up. So exfoliating and moisturizing are essential for you.
After concealing I like to use my ELF brush to apply a thin and even layer of this Zuzu Luxe powder foundation in the shade D-10. For reference, I’m pretty pale/fair in skin-tone. The sun instantly burns my skin so I avoid it as much as possible. Thus, I’m super white. They offer a range of different shades. I got lucky with the online swatches and this one matched me perfectly. It’s pricey, but keep in mind a little goes a long way and the refill pans are $10 less – you don’t have to buy a new compact every time. Another reason why I love it, less waste!
On days I want medium to full coverage, I stick with the Zuzu Luxe foundation powder. But now that Cocokind, my favorite skincare brand ever, has a line of “makeup” that’s truly as natural as it gets – I’ve been using that for days I only want light coverage. It’s like your skin but better and all of the ingredients in it help to keep your skin healthy.
When using Cocokind’s The Colors range, I start with the green primer drops. Adding 4 total, one on each cheek, one on my forehead and chin. Gently patting that in until evenly distributed. I top it off with the light primer drops in the same order. Make sure to shake the bottles really well before applying. After the drops set I top it off with the light powder. Buffing in a thin layer all over and going back over with another layer that’s lightly patted in using their buki brush. This builds more coverage.
It’s also worth mentioning that if I do have active breakouts, aside from making sure my hands are clean. I also wash my brushes regularly to avoid any contamination. This keeps from spreading germs and lessens the likelihood of more breakouts. To wash brushes I take a drop of natural soap and wet the brush. Swirling it around in my hand with the soap and rinsing it, repeating until the water runs clear and all makeup and soap residue is removed. It’s important to properly store your brushes when wet to increase their lifespan. I do this by hanging them upside-down until fully dry, usually overnight.
After applying a thin layer of powder I move on to bronzer. Adding it to my temples, the contour of my cheeks and a little along my jawline. I like to look glowy and fake the sun-kissed vibe. So I use this Golden Glow Bronzer from ELF basically like you would contour. I’ve been using this stuff since I was in the 8th grade people – I swear by it! After that I usually add a touch to my cheeks to warm them up. I don’t like to spend forever getting ready, so the bulk of my time is usually spent on my brows. I’m one of those people that grew up during the “tweeze them thin” phase in the late 90s. So sadly they don’t grow in anymore. I have to fix that by adding in quite a bit with a light hand, otherwise it can look really fake/unnatural very quickly. I do what I can with what I’ve got left up there. One day I plan on getting microblading though, I want full brows!
To start the brows I like to use the ELF Brow Pencil and take the spooly end to comb through the hairs. Then using the pencil end I gently work in small strokes to add in where I’m lacking hairs and redefine the basic shape I have. It’s a lot of work – not much is left. Don’t make the same mistake as me, seek professional help for your brow maintenance if you’re new to it.
After brows I go in with highlight using a tapered ELF brush. Adding it to the high points of my face I want to draw attention to. My cheekbones, bridge of the nose, point of the nose, Cupid’s bow (above the lip) and a touch on the center of my chin. Gently buffed out so it’s not too harsh. It totally gives you this life that makes you look like you’re glowing from within. I love it!
To finish it all off I spray my face again with the Cocokind Rosewater thoroughly and let that fully soak in to lock everything in place. After which I take my eyelash curler and gently pulse a few times to curl my lashes. They’re naturally very straight, so curling totally changes the look of my eyes. I finish the look off with a thin coat of my favorite dream big mascara from Pacifica. I’ve been using it since day one of it’s release. So far I’ve gone through 4 tubes and still love it.
I don’t usually wear any eye shadows or lip products, maybe for special occasions. I do moisturize my lips with the Ellovi butter or the Urban Organics lip balm. Again, I think it’s important to mention I really like to keep it as simple as possible for myself.
I hope you enjoyed this vegan makeup bag post + walk-through. It’s different than what I usually share, I know. But I’m here I talk about the vegan lifestyle as a whole aka food + extras! It’s something I really enjoy taking the time to work on. You can check out other posts like this by searching “lifestyle” in the search bar at the top.
Below I’ve linked to all the products mentioned above. Some links are affiliate links, meaning I receive a small percentage if you decide to purchase it. Please know that I would never share or recommend anything I don’t 100% love and actually use in my day to day life. Thank you for reading along and supporting my site <3
Zuzu Luxe Foundation Powder in D-10 – ELF Ultimate Blending Brush – ELF Baked Highlighter in Moonlight Pearls – ELF Instant Lift Brow Pencil in Taupe – ELF Golden Bronzer – ELF Highlighting Stick in Champagne Glam – Ellovi Mint Chocolate Butter – Cocokind The Colors Green Primer Drops – Cocokind The Colors Light Primer Drops – Cocokind The Colors Light Powder – Cocokind Buki Brush – Cocokind Rosewater – Pacifica Dream Big Mascara – Eyelash Curler – TLF + Djuna Shay Makeup Bag