Want to make the switch to natural make-up? Here’s how I did it!
I say that making the switch to natural make-up has been a final frontier of sorts in my natural living journey.
Transitioning to eating better, using non-toxic cleaning supplies and skincare products and just leading a greener lifestyle all came first.
But the make-up? I always thought I wouldn’t be able to afford natural make-up, and, besides, I really don’t wear a ton of make-up anyway.
In the very back of my head, though, I knew I would want to make the switch to natural make-up one day. Why?
The toxic load in conventional cosmetics can be heavy!
Among other ingredients to avoid, regular make-up can include:
BHA and BHT, which are possible endocrine disruptors.
Formaldehyde, which causes cancer.
Parabens, which are possible endocrine disruptors.
PEG compounds, which may cause cancer. (source)
Now, my mission here at The Humbled Homemaker is to encourage, educate and empower you to live a grace-filled, natural life.
That does not include scare tactics.
I am not here to scare you into giving up your favorite Mary-Kay and Avon, but I would be doing you a disservice if I knew the potential dangers of conventional cosmetics but kept it from you!
So what is a grace-filled approach to making the switch to natural make-up?
1.Wear less make-up.
In my book, less is more! You really don’t have to be dolled all up to look beautiful. The less make-up the more natural, period.
I do not wear much, if any, make-up at home. And I only wear a little while out (unless it’s a super special occasion).
2. Make your own.
This will be key for those of you on a super tight budget.
I will be honest: Natural make-up can be pricey! The internet is full of tutorials for DIY make-up.
I have been collecting recipes on my homemade personal care items board on Pinterest. You would be amazed at what all you can concoct–beyond food!–in your own kitchen!
3. Switch out one product at a time.
When I discovered the dangers in conventional cosmetics, I didn’t toss all of my make-up in the trash, but I decided I would just get rid of one thing at a time.
When I ran out of mascara, I decided to try ordering a natural version online. I tried a few that I didn’t like, and I finally settled on this Eco Bella mascara. Yes, it is pricey. But, I’ll let you in on a little secret: I get it via Vitacost.com with my rewards points! (You can get a $5 off coupon when you order through my referral.)
When I ran out of lip stick, I opted for a naturally-tinted lip balm from MadeOn.
Little-by-little, I transformed my entire make-up bag!
4. Know what make-up is a must for you.
For redheads like me who have light eyelashes, mascara covers a multitude of sins. I must wear mascara. But everything else is a maybe.
If you are on a budget and want to make the switch, know which item you can’t live without (so to speak!) and make that your very first switch to natural make-up!
My Simple Natural Make-Up Routine
I am not here to sell you make-up. I am not even really brand loyal. This is the real make-up that I use every day. When I run out, it may change–depending on where I can find the best deal:
1. I put on concealer from MyChelle.
This is another item I get from Vitacost.com. I use it under my eyes and on any red splotches, and it’s OK, but I’m not super impressed. I’ll probably try something else when I run out.
2. I powder my entire face with loose powder from Redeeming Beauty Minerals.
3. On a special occasion, I next use blush from Redeeming Beauty Minerals.
4. On a special occasion, I will then put on eye shadow from Redeeming Beauty Minerals.
5. I then use my must–Eco Bella mascara.
6. I finish it off with my naturally-tinted lip balm from Made On.
That’s it! Pretty simple, right? I’ve found that this routine doesn’t break the bank, and I’m so glad this is one more way I can reduce toxins in my body.