Looking good shouldn't mean sacrificing your personal beliefs. Luckily, there are more and more professional makeup brands and beauty lines that don't test on animals available these days. The best cruelty free beauty brands make the fight against animal testing and unethical practices a part of their mission, and align themselves with manufacturers that feel the same way.
Cruelty free makeup doesn't have to be expensive, either. Many affordable beauty brands are made with safe, natural, and vegan ingredients. Ethically made beauty products from Aesop, Bare Minerals, and Yes To are free of harmful substances while still providing magazine-worthy results. There is a cruelty free option for every part of your makeup routine, from washes to eyeshadows. Dive in and start making your shopping list.
Lush sources natural ingredients from ethical buyers, and fights against animal cruelty by offering vegetarian products and purchasing from "suppliers that do not commission tests on animals." The company promotes "naked" packaging to reduce waste, and containers are made with recycled material. Plus, Lush issues a "carbon tax" on employees when they travel by air, which is then donated to groups researching climate change.
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Rihanna's Fenty Beauty was an instant smash hit. But beyond the wide range of shades and the oh-so-cool packaging, the popular cosmetics are also cruelty free. Some of Fenty's products contain animal ingredients like beeswax, but the brand offers several vegan options. The makeup is free of parabens and phthalates too.
Kat Von D's makeup line proudly states that it "never tests on animals – and never will." The brand features a ton of vegan options, and it doesn't sacrifice function for ethical ingredients, either – many of the tattoo artist's cult-favorite products are award winners.
Pacifica's standards are front and center: "100% vegan and cruelty free" can be found right under the logo. None of its products contain harmful ingredients like phthalates, parabens, or sulfates, its nail polish is free of toxins, and its fragrances adhere to strict safety standards. Even the candles contain lead-free wicks!
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