As a celebrity hair and makeup artist who has been working in the beauty industry for more than 15 years, I have been lucky enough to be on the pulse of beauty trends, as well as test the latest and greatest products to achieve the best looks for my clients.

I have always cared about what kind of cosmetics I use on my clients. When I first started my profession, I used to think that the more money I spent on the product, the better it would be. Over my years in the industry, I have learned that this type of thinking is absolutely false. During my last trip to Paris, I happened upon an article listing the alarming amount of chemicals that are allowed into the cosmetics we put on our face every day. I also learned that in European countries, about 1,400 ingredients are banned from makeup and skin-care products, compared to the U.S with only about 30 banned ingredients. Now I have become fully committed to educate myself and others in clean beauty.

Below, I’m sharing some of my favorite products that have been helping me make the switch to a nontoxic beauty routine for myself and for my clients. However, don’t think you have to immediately go throw out everything in your makeup bag and drop an insane amount of cash to make the switch to clean beauty. Instead, keep these products on your radar the next time you run out of your concealer or foundation, and over time, you’ll find that the majority of the products you use will slowly become better, healthier versions for your skin.

Primer: Veil Mineral Primer by Hourglass

Hourglass is a cruelty-free, all-natural, luxury beauty brand. I love its beautiful modern and sleek packaging combined with cutting-edge all-natural formulas that leave the skin looking flawless. This primer is hands down one of the best on the market. Veil is the winner of the InStyle Beauty Buy Award five years in a row. It delivers everything you want from a primer: It smooths out skin texture and reduces redness from rosacea.

Concealer: The “Real Conceal” Liquid Concealer by Arbonne

What I love about this concealer is its lightweight formula, which hydrates the skin as well as brightens any dark circles or imperfections. It’s available in seven perfect shades.

Foundation: Perfecting Liquid Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 15 Sunscreen by Arbonne

I love this line because Arbonne has been committed to healthy living inside and out for more than 30 years. This buildable foundation compliments the liquid concealer in its lightweight texture and smooth, natural finish.

Lipstick: Wild With Desire by RMS Beauty

RMS Beauty is an all-natural beauty line carefully curated by founder Rose-Marie Swift. This lipstick is enriched with powerful antioxidants and oils that are fragrance- and chemical-free. The beautiful red pigment is great for any skin tone, and I love that you can wear it day or night for a hint of color to brighten your look.

Eye and Cheek Palette: Limited-Edition Happy Girls Shine Brighter Eye & Cheek Palette by Tarte

My favorite find in nontoxic beauty is this multipurpose palette from Tarte cosmetics, a leader in clean beauty. Perfect to throw in your gym bag for your on-the-go lifestyle, the peach blush and six-pigment eye-shadow combo provides everything you need for your desired makeup look. Formulated with absolutely no parabens, sodium lauryl sulfates, gluten, phthalates, alcohol or any synthetic preservatives.


Technology-Based Help: “Think Dirty” App
The app is available for IOS and Android through the Apple Store and Marketplace.

I know it can be hard to keep track of all the big words and essentially endless lists of “bad” ingredients, so an app that I find extremely helpful for sorting the clean from the bad is the Think Dirty app. It has all you need to know for your clean beauty tips, including a “clean” rating list for most cosmetic lines out there today. Simply type in the brand you are curious about, and the app will provide a rundown of ingredients along with their assigned rating.

The world of clean and nontoxic beauty is constantly growing and evolving. The options are much more plentiful and readily available today than 20 years ago, making the switch to clean beauty a more easily achievable goal.

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