Dec. 17, 2018The season of glitz and glam is here. Of velvet and sequins and calendars packed to the gills with holiday fetes, office gatherings, and annual celebrations with family and friends, toasting with our nearest and dearest under mistletoe and twinkling lights. Yes, the holidays offer the perfect excuse to dress up and get a little more fancy than your day-to-day look and this, of course, includes your makeup look, too.
But before you swipe on that drugstore red lipstick and old stand-by foundation, you might want to read the ingredients first. Just as our awareness has grown around the ingredients in our food and household supplies, so too have we become more in tune with what’s hiding in our makeup. And the truth isn’t pretty. Parabens, acetates, aluminum, and heavy metals – just a few of the ingredients found in some red lipsticks alone. Considering our skin absorbs nearly 70% of what we put on it, it only makes sense we’d want to choose makeup as organic and earth-friendly as possible.
Lucky for us, with the awareness of the dangers lurking in most drugstore makeup, a new crop of cleaner, greener, and kinder makeup has popped up, making finding the best beauty tools for you as easy as a quick online search. But we’ve done you one better, today we’ve rounded up all the essentials you need to create a stunning holiday look that’s good for you and the planet.
Step #1 — Primer
A gorgeous look starts off with a great base, and an A+ primer sets the stage for what’s to come. The Dawn Patrol primer from eco-friendly brand, Coola smoothes, softens and brightens while protecting skin with SPF 30 sunscreen. Lightweight and quick-setting, Coola’s formula looks gorgeous alone and wears beautifully beneath makeup, and because the company strives to use the cleanest, most earth-loving ingredients out there, you can get glam knowing you’re wearing the best-of-the-best on your skin.
Step #2 — Foundation
Once you’ve primed and prepped, it’s time to create your canvas. Foundation has come a long way from its thick, pancake-like beginnings; the new crop of foundations and bases are lightweight and made to make skin look like, well, skin. This is especially the case with Vapour Beauty’s Atmosphere Luminous Foundation. Available in 19 shades, this stick foundation glides on and supports skin with wildcrafted ingredients, like tulsi and lotus, to soothe and protect while adding a gorgeously glowing finish to your holiday face.
Step #3 — Concealer
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If late nights spent wrapping gifts have left dark circles beneath your eyes, you might choose to dab a bit of concealer beneath them, or to cover any blemishes that may have cropped up. RMS Beauty’s “Un” Cover-up works as a foundation or concealer, comes in 16 shades and provides beautiful, even coverage that melts into skin. And because RMS uses food-grade, raw, natural ingredients, your skin is nourished while you wear your makeup.
Step #4 — Luminizer
Next up? You gotta add that holiday glow! A great luminizer makes skin appear as though it’s lit from within, no holiday lights required (they they certainly help accentuate your look). We love The Organic Skin Company’s In The Spotlight Luminizer, which is formulated with nearly 80% organic ingredients, and is vegan and cruelty free. Patted onto cheekbones, across the bridge of your nose, beneath the arch of your eyebrows and even on your lips, this beautiful luminizer adds light and sparkle — two things every holiday look needs.
Step #5 — Eyeliner & Mascara
When it comes to any makeup look, the eyes have it. Don’t neglect lashes or lids – add a swipe of winged liner and volumizing mascara to make your eyes pop and add definition. Try Eye Do Liquid Liner and Lash Alert Mascara from Brit brand Eyeko, which boast botanicals and a cruelty-free pledge, and showcase all ingredients front and center on each product page.
Step #6 — Lipstick
Last on the list? A swipe of beautiful color on your lips, of course. Nothing says “holiday glam” quite like a matte red lip. Try KW Red from organic beauty pros Kjaer Weis, a universally flattering shade of opaque color that’s perfect for the holidays. Gluten free, cruelty free and created with a minimum of 95% organic ingredients, including rosehip seed oil for anti-aging effects, these nourishing lip colors hydrate lips while shrouding them in a gorgeous pop of color sure to make you smile.
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