The Top 7 Thing YOU Need to Know about Vegan Makeup


Not all makeup is made equally.

A quick Google search will return a variety of disturbing articles about what’s inside makeup, to the point that it’s pretty hard to find the truth. It’s confusing, but there are some things you should know about your makeup, especially if you’re considering converting to a full vegan lifestyle. But remember, if you're determined to transition to vegan makeup, but accidentally purchase something that isn't vegan, don't stress! Slip-ups are bound to happen, but what’s most important is making a conscious choice to try and make the world a better place!

  1. Cruelty free doesn’t mean vegan and vegan doesn’t mean cruelty free

First things first, cruelty-free refers to products that are not tested on animals, and vegan refers to products that do not contain any animal-derived ingredients. It may seem obvious, but it’s not always clear to the consumer.  It’s also good to note that no government agency currently defines cruelty free, nor sets standards for their usage, it is left to each company to determine what its “cruelty-free” label means. Look for symbols on labels and packaging to help determine the ingredients in your cosmetics, and as always, reach out to the company directly if you’d like more information.

  1. How to know if your Cosmetics are Vegan

Like we mentioned earlier, vegan makeup is simply makeup which is free of any animal ingredients and has not been produced with animal testing. Besides providing a more ethical option for customers, by eliminating animal derivatives, vegan makeup products are often gentler on sensitive skin. With the rise in popularity in consumer conscious goods, beauty brands aer slowly releasing more and more vegan makeup products across the spectrum including vegan eyeshadow, vegan lipstick and even vegan nail polish.

  1. Where to Find Cruelty Free Cosmetics

PETA has a database with thousands of cosmetics companies who are completely animal free. The Beauty Without Bunnies tool is a searchable database of companies that do and that don't test their products on animals. There are more than 2,900 cruelty-free companies in our database, including The Body Shop, Paul Mitchell Systems, Tom's of Maine, wet n wild, and many more! You can search the database here.

  1. Be Aware of Complicated Ingredients

Some complicated and scientific sounding names are used by producers and manufacturers to try cover the truth of what they really are. For example, did you know that ‘Cetyl alcohol’ is a name used for sperm whale oil, this ingredient is in many cosmetics such as face products however if ‘whale oil’ was listed on the bottle of face moisturizers, consumers would, quite frankly be put off. Again, when you’re committing to a cruelty free / vegan don’t be afraid to use Google to your advantage. In no time you’ll be able to spot a less-than-truthful label from a mile away.

  1. Can Vegan Makeup be used by professionals?

Yes! One of the biggest misconceptions is that Vegan makeup is not lasting. Everyday, formulas are being improved while meeting ethical standards.

  1. Transition to Cruelty Free Vegan Cosmetics

It’s a marathon not a sprint. Transitioning to a cruelty free or vegan lifestyle is a journey. The key to switching over your makeup products is to educate yourself on the companies practices and finding what works for you. Transitioning to a cruelty-free or vegan makeup brand might not be as difficult as once thought. As veganism is becoming more popular, makeup companies are seeing the value of carrying a variety of vegan products, and far more companies are going cruelty-free.

  1. Finally… did you know there’s an app for that?

Technology is an amazing thing! There are a couple of apps that make it easy for the consumer to shop.

Vegan & Cruelty Free Scanner

Simply scan the barcode on the package of any product: food, cosmetics (make-up, soap, shampoo, etc.), detergents, clothes etc. and you'll see whether the product is cruelty-free or vegan. If you are not sure whether company still tests on animals or not, check the list of cruelty free companies.

Is It Vegan?

Is It Vegan is a tool for anyone interested in eliminating animal products from their diet. Simply scan the UPC bar code on the package of any food or beverage product, and you'll see whether the product is vegan, vegetarian, or neither.

About Lippy Girl

Lippy Girl Makeup has the primary goal of producing professional quality cosmetics. The cosmetics with the Lippy Girl label are eco friendly, natural, organic, vegetarian/vegan and animal-friendly. Neither our products nor ingredients are tested on animals, and our ingredients are natural, organic, vegetarian/vegan and will never contain chemical preservatives.

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