Cruelty-Free Make-Up Brands to Know

Posted on October 6, 2017

We’re all for being conscious consumers here at Real Life Style, so I finally caved to the nagging of my boyfriend a few months ago and decided to experiment with only cruelty-free makeup. I was surprised to find that only a few of the products I was using were from non-cruelty-free brands. Goodbye Make-Up Forever HD Foundation…no more Hoola bronzer or Roller Lash mascara from Benefit.

Besides those products, everything else coincidentally was cruelty-free! Thanks to the following five brands, which are only a few of the larger cruelty-free make-up lines, I have no trouble shopping for make-up. Whether you’re shopping at department stores or drug stores, there is a price point for you below.

Happy Shopping!

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Anastasia Beverly Hills

ABH is the holy grail of eyebrow products. For some reason my eyebrows are embarrassingly sparse, so even when wearing no makeup I fill them in either with my NYX brow pencil or my ABH Dipbrow. If you’re doing your makeup for an event, I highly recommend Dipbrow for its lasting power and to add balance to a made-up lip or eye.

The ABH Modern Renaissance eye palette is great for a simple neutral eye. Most of the shades are matte, with two beautiful shimmers. I’ve used it almost everyday since I bought it at last year’s Sephora Beauty Insider event! Even if I’m not doing a full face of make-up, I will sweep on a warm tan shade to define my crease and control my oily eyelids.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade, $18

Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette, $42

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NYX

Ahh… my drugstore favorite. I own probably fifteen lip products from NYX. If I want to experiment with a purple or deep burgundy, I always purchase the color in their Matte Lipstick formula. It’s a great balance of long-lasting without drying. I’ve also had great luck with their powders (both the translucent and the banana powder) which I use to set my under-eye concealer.

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NYX Matte Lipstick in Sierra, $5.99

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NYX High Definition Finishing Powder in Banana, $9.99

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Tarte

This is the best concealer on the market! I promise you! I have a hard time with under-eye creasing when wearing concealer, but this gives a ton of coverage without creasing or budging. What is this sorcery?! A little goes so far that I only use about two dots under my eyes whether it’s a no makeup day or a full face of foundation day. Also how cute is this limited edition vegan brush set?

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Shape Tape Contour Concealer, $27

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Tarte Limited-Edition Artful Accessories Brush Set, $44

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e.l.f.

e.l.f. is another drugstore favorite with ridiculously inexpensive but well-performing items. Their well-designed, sleek packaging reminds many fans of Nars, who made news this year by expanding their product range to China, a market that requires all cosmetic products to be tested on animals. If you loved the Nars blush/bronzer duos but want a budget-friendly and cruelty-free version, the powder below is practically the same thing. Even Lani, who uses a pre-China Nars blush palette every morning, stocks this e.l.f. version in her makeup bag! Their Poreless Face Primer is a great substitute for Smashbox’s Photo Finish Primer, which is not cruelty-free (and much more expensive)..

e.l.f Contouring Blush & Bronzing Powder in Fiji, $4

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e.l.f. Poreless Face Primer, $6

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Marc Jacobs Beauty

Marc Jacobs consistently makes great products. I didn’t necessarily want to spend $42 on a blush, but I’m so glad I did. It’s the kind of blush that applies effortlessly and gives your face the perfect amount of warmth. Their Highliners are probably their best selling product as they actually last on your eyes (most eyeliners melt off and give me raccoon eyes).

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Marc Jacobs Beauty Air Blush Soft Glow Duo in Kink and Kisses, $42

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Marc Jacobs Beauty Highliner Gel Eye Crayon Eyeliner in Midnight in Paris, $25.

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