We are less than 10 days away from Christmas, that time of the year when we level up our makeup looks with bright colours, glitter, glowing and shimmering textures, sparkles and bold lipsticks. It sounds super fun but it also means we’ll produce an extra amount of beauty waste. Unless you change a few habits. Keep reading to find out 4 ways to make your holiday beauty looks a little bit greener.
Use biodegradable glitter
It sure can help you create the most amazing makeup looks, but regular glitter has a dark side. Once it is disposed of, traditional glitter turns into teeny-tiny pieces of plastic and remains in the ecosystem (it takes hundreds of years to decompose), having a negative impact on our soil, water systems and sea life. That is why you should always choose its biodegradable version. As sparkly as conventional glitter, the bio version is made from cellulose film derived from sustainable eucalyptus trees, one of the most widely available and fastest growing trees on the planet, and comes in plastic-free packaging. You’ll get to shine bright like a diamond with zero guilt.
When in doubt, ask PETA
Although it is easy to ignore it for some, the cosmetic industry is still taking advantage of animals: scale insects are used to produce carmine (a red pigment use in lipstick, eyeshadow and blush), beeswax is used in mascara and endless brands are still testing their products in animals (from bunnies to rats and mice) to make sure they are safe for human use. Luckily, the increasing awareness of the climate crisis brought us an endless list of new sustainable and zero waste beauty brands – but not all are 100% reliable, as greenwashing is not that easy to spot. Fortunately, PETA has an online searchable database of companies that don’t test their products on animals and you just need to click here and write the name of the brand you’re investigating to find out if you can trust it or not. There are more than 4000 cruelty-free beauty companies in their database, so you don’t have an excuse to go green when it comes to makeup.
Go for vegan makeup brushes
It’s not only about the products, but also the tools. We know synthetic can sound cheap, but when it comes to makeup brush fibres it means something good. Several beauty brands still use animal hair (from squirrel to mink, pony or goat, the sky is the limit) but that doesn’t mean their product is better. Vegan makeup brushes with synthetic fibres are as effective, professional and soft as natural hair bristles and they can help you create the most amazing makeup looks without harming one single animal. Also, they are easy to find, cost less and they’re safe for the skin (allergies to animal hair are very common). Do we need to say anything else?
Get inspired by zero waste instagrammers
The green bloggers and digital influencers community is getting bigger every day and Instagram is a great platform to get inspired. When it comes to zero waste and clean beauty it’s impossible not to mention Lauren Singer, founder of zero waste blog Trash is for Tossers. At her ‘Gram, you can find everything you need to live a zero waste lifestyle, including makeup looks with only three products and recipes to make your own beauty essentials. If you prefer something more girly, @organicbunny, aka Amanda, is on a mission to prove organic beauty can be as glamorous as conventional beauty, as she shares full makeup looks, nail inspo and her favourite organic brands. We call it real influencing.
Image Credits: Mattias Björklund for Chanel Beauty