20 Best Vegan + Cruelty-free Foundations for Women of Color

Being a Women of Color, I have experienced a lot of heartache when choosing foundations. My foundations are either too light, too dark, too ashy, too SOMETHING. But my biggest problem is finding companies that carry my shade at all. Even though it is 2017, there are still companies that do not carry a diversity of shades or tones. To make matters worse, many vegan and cruelty-free lines do not even bother to add deeper colors, leaving Women and Men of Color little to no choice but to use foundations created funky chemicals. 

But does that mean there aren’t ANY companies making shades for Women and Men of Color? OF COURSE THEY ARE!

Below are 20 companies I have researched or used that I believe have a lovely selection of shades to fit anyone and everyone.  

Happy Shopping!

*  = VEGAN-FRIENDLY

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10 Vegan+Cruelty-free Bronzers for Brown & Black Ladies

Bronzers are an amazing product. You can use them as a blush, a contouring powder, a highlighter, or even as eyeshadow. However, some bronzers on the market are not designed for Women (and Men) of Color. These bronzers tend to be too light causing an ashy appearance on darker skintones. 

These bronzers listed below are for darker-skinned beauties looking for a fresh look this Spring and Summer. 

* = VEGAN-FRIENDLY

Bronzers

  1. Wet n’ Wild Color Icon Bronzer SPF 15 in Bikini Contest ($4)
  2. Colourpop Bronzer Bronze Me ($8) *
  3. Milani Baked Bronzer in Dolce ($9)
  4. Shea Moisture Illuminating Mineral Bronzer ($15)
  5. W3LL People Bio Bronzer ($22)
  6. Lily Lolo Bronzer in Honolulu ($26) *
  7. Urban Decay Beached Bronzer in Bronzed ($28) *
  8. TARTE Amazonian Clay Matte Waterproof Bronzer in Hotel Heiress ($30) *
  9. Too Faced Milk Chocolate Soleil Bronzer ($30) *
  10. 100% Pure Cocoa Pigment Bronzer Cocoa Glow ($35) *

Ultimate Cruelty-free and Vegan Mascara Guide

Hello lovelies! I hope everyone is enjoying their holidays with family and friends; eating great food and creating new memories. With that said, as the new year is approaching, it is time to educate you all on mascara. Now, mascaras are a great way to create definition, volume, and length without the use of faux lashes. But not all wands are created equal. 

I have created a handy guide to help you pick the right mascara for the occasion. 

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Curling Mascaras

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Lengthening Mascaras

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Volume Mascaras

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Waterproof Mascaras

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Does-it-all Mascaras

Day 23: GET THE LOOK: Ava Duvernay November 2015 ELLE Issue

What I love about Ava Duvernay’s look, for November issue of Elle, is the natural feel to it even though she is rocking a smoky eye! She is just perfection!

GET THE LOOK Ava Dunervay

  1. Tarte Amazonian Clay Foundation in Tan Honey (Tan Skin with Peach Undertones) $39.00
  2. Urban Decay Naked2 Basics Eyeshadow Palette $29.00
  3. Too Faced Bulletproof Brows in Universal Brunette $30.00
  4. Beauty Without Cruelty Mascara Full Volume in Black $25.95
  5. Plain Jane Beauty Mosaic Blush in Sweet Autumn $19.95
  6. Sparitual Lipgloss in Ray of Light (Peach with Gold Shimmer) $19.00

National Novel Writing Month Day 14: Undereye Concealers

My grandma has them. My mom has them. And sadly, I am beginning to get them. However, I am obsessed with treating my dark circles with an eye cream and using healthier options to conceal them. My eyes are my favorite body part so I really want to keep the area looking young and beautiful.

Below are just 5 of the many different dark circle concealers floating about online. Personally, I have used TARTE’s concealer and found it to be one of my favorites. It is both moisturizing and highly-pigmented to hide any flaw.

Undereye Concealers

Day 13: Best Vegan+Cruelty-free Eyeshadow Primers

Eyeshadow primers are, in my option, one of those products many people completely skip (I am very guilty of this time to time). But like a facial primer they are important! Eyeshadow primers are meant to keep your eyeshadow in place and make the color more pronounce. No one wants flaky, creasing shadow…

Below are some of the best eyeshadow primers out in the market. I listed the products from budget-friendly to splurging!

Eyeshadow Primers

  1. Cheeky Cosmetics Organic Eye Shadow Primer $14.00 VEGAN.
  2. EMANI Magic Sealer $14.00 VEGAN.
  3. Gabriel Cosmetics Eye Primer $14.30 VEGAN.Comes in two colors (Neutral: all Skin Tones/ Warm Beige: Medium to Deep Skin/Warm Undertones)
  4. Lily Lolo Prime Focus Eyelid Primer $15.00  VEGAN.Buff shade will neutralise discolouration & give a clean eyelid look so that your eye shadow applies true to colour; Lemon shade will correct any dark areas while giving the perfect base
  5. Jane Iredale Lid Primer $19.50 VEGAN. Comes in three options.
  6. TARTE clean slate™ 360° creaseless 12-hr Smoothing Eye Primer $20.00 CRUELTY-FREE.
  7. TOO FACE Shadow Insurance Primer $20.00
  8. BECCA Eye Priming Perfector ™$24.00 Comes in two colors (Translucent Perfector works well with light to medium skintones, while Tinted pairs with medium to dark)
  9. BLINC Eyeshadow Primer $24.00 VEGAN. Comes in two shades (light tone for light skintones; flesh tone for medium to dark skin tones)
  10. COVER FX Anti-Age Smoothing Eye Primer $24.00 VEGAN.

National Novel Writing Month Day 11: Eyeshadow Palettes

I remember when the Urban Decay NAKED palette hit the market. Every blogger and pinterest board out there had a tutorial about how to accomplish the perfect smokey eye. While Urban Decay (a cruelty-free and vegan company) has evolve their palettes, other companies have jumped on the bandwagon and created their own. Luckily, some of these companies are vegan and/or cruelty-free so beauties like us can partake in the eye game!

Palettes have an advantage to single eyeshadow colors. They usually follow a color scheme so you can custom design your look at an affordable price and they are travel-friendly.

Here are some palettes out there in the vegan and cruelty-free community.

Eyeshadow Palettes

  1. Viseart Eyeshadow Palette ($80.00) in Dark Matte are “rich shades to add an extra depth of color to any eye look. Navies and wines add definition to a smoky eye, while rich browns and oranges deepen golden and champagne eye looks”. This company has 6 other eyeshadow palettes for all styles (Neutral Matte,Bridal Satin,Sultry Muse, Paris Nude, Cool Matte, Bright Editorial). These products are not tested on animals, contain organic ingredients, and they are free of silicone, petrochemicals, and mineral oil.
  2. Red Apple Lipstick City Depth ($133.00) from their City Palette (City Matte, City Color, City Nude, City Stater) series “blends mattes with velvety shimmers to create a neutral palette that’s far from bland. This palette utilizes grey undertones to help you create stunning professional looks or sultry smokey eyes. Grey is the ultimate neutral, it pairs well with all hair colors and eye colors – you can’t go wrong”. Though expensive,reviewers have stated you will use all the colors to create 3 eye looks. All their palettes are vegan, gluten-free, corn-free, and GMO-free along with nasties that are removed!
  3. TARTE Tartelette Amazonian Clay Matte Palette ($45.00) has 12 unique colors to create any soft or sultry eye look. Best of all, all the colors are matte! Formulated without parabens, mineral oil, phthalates, sodium lauryl sulfates, & gluten this palette is amazing! I personally have this palette and love it! I am not a big fan with shimmer eyes for work so I wear these colors for my professional look.
  4. Pacifica Enlighten Eye Brightening Shadow Palette ($14.00) is budget-friendly and sexy. With “rich, lasting, creaseless eye shadows that are infused with coconut water for a velvety, cream-like finish” these colors  can create a golden,purple smokey eye! But if you are looking for a blue smokey eye, try their Mystical Supernatural Eye Shadow. Formulated without: Phthalates, parabens, carmine, beeswax, lanolin, mineral oils, propylene glycol, petroleum and FD& C colors; Vegan and Gluten-free.
  5. Lily Lolo Smoke & Mirrors Eye Palette ($34.00) is an 8 pigment palette with shadows ranging from shimmer to matte textures. These soft colors can be used during the day, but can be built upon to make a more dramatic look for your night look. Lily Lolo also has another palette (The Laid Bare) if you are looking for a more neutral eye. Does not contain chemicals, bismuth, talc, or dyes (FD&C, Lake). It is also vegan, GMO-free, gluten Free, & organic.

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Color of the Year: Marsala Blush

I have been waiting to write this article because I am addicted to blushes! I have found 2 cream blushes and 5 powder blushes in the shade: Marsala.Marsala Blush

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Eyebrows on Fleek: Brow 101

Eyebrow History

Our eyebrows have changed a lot throughout the last century. From the 1920s ultrathin, droopy brow to the overplucked trend in the 1990s, thankfully today in 2015, our eyebrows are meant to be face-fitting, natural, and bold!

f_july_multitask_lrg2Like our eyebrows, the products to produce the trends changed and grew. Women and men now have  many choices to create their perfect eyebrow.

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  • If you have sparse eyebrows, try a pencil. ZuZu Luxe Cream Brow Pencil has 4 different colors and has a spoolie for better grooming and definition.
    • Positives
      • Easy application.
      • Doesn’t create harsh lines.
      • Can blend into the natural hair.
      • Better control in strokes to fill in the eyebrows.
      • Wax-based or cream-based–great for Normal to Dry Skin types.
    • Negatives
      • If applied incorrectly, can cause harsh lines and uneven shading.
      • Oily skin types might find the color to  fade throughout the day.
  • For barely-there brows,  try a mousse formula. Tarte Amazonian Clay Waterproof brow mousse has 5 shades and comes with a eyebrow-spoolie brush.
    • Positives
      • Can create neat, straight lines.
      • Color stays in place for hours.
      • Can be blended into the natural hair.
      • Great for Dry or Normal skin types
    • Negatives
      • Can create harsh lines, if not blended.
      • Higher risk of feathering.
      • Can be difficult to apply if not familiar with eyebrow brushes.
  • Have wild, unruly eyebrows that need to be tamed? Try tinted eyebrow mascaras. NYX Tinted Brow Mascara has 5 shades and is travel-friendly!
    • Positives
      • Creates a natural-look without harsh lines.
      • Works for all skin types.
      • Sets and tames the eyebrow hair.
    • Negatives
      • Might need to be applied multiple times to desired look (if you want bold, darker eyebrows!)
      • Not a good filler.
      • Does not cause neat, straight lines.
      • Can be hard to control application.
  • For any brows, try a kit designed for eyebrows. Milani Brow Fix Kit is described as a “swiss army knife” for eyebrows. This kit comes in three different shades with an array of tools to achieve the perfect brow.
    • Positives
      • Most kits are powder-based–great for oily or combination skin types.
      • Great for traveling.
      • More natural-looking.
      • All-in-one so more bang for your buck!
      • Easy application and blending.
    • Negatives
      • Powders are not the best choice for Dry skin types.
      • Can faded throughout the day.
      • Can’t create neat lines.
      • Sometimes can create harsh, neat lines if over applying in a straight motion.

Of course, this is a guide! Many people use a combination of products to achieve their perfect eyebrows. Do your research and test them out!

Foundation 101

We all have been there. Walking down the makeup aisle, choosing  a foundation “that looks right” and taking it home; only to find out it’s wrong color, finish, or formula. For women of color it is especially hard to find the right foundation. I grew up with an older sister who resorted to mixing TWO different foundations to create the one she wanted and needed.

So I have created a guide to help those who are looking for the right foundation.

Step 1: Before anything else, determine what kind of skin do you have. Are you oily? Dry? Maybe you are a combination of both, like myself. Or maybe you have a special skin condition that would classify you as having sensitive skin. Either way, be honest with yourself! THIS WILL HELP YOU IN THE LONG RUN! This test by Renee Rouleau, an esthetician who caters to the celebrities, will help you find out which skin type you are: HERE.

Step 2: Find out your skin tone. This is a little hard to explain, but it’s basically the color of skin. Some of the popular labelling for the skin tones go lightest to darkest.

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  • Medium/Beige
  • Tan
  • Dark
  • Deep

Now some brands may differ on the skin tones AND your skin changes throughout the seasons and climates. For example, in the summer I am labelled as “medium dark” but in the winter I am “medium tan”. So I jump between the two different skin tones each season.
Step 3. Determine your undertone. Are you warm, cool, or neutral. Unlike skin tone, your undertone usually stays constant. YOUR SKIN TONE DOES NOT AUTOMATICALLY DETERMINE YOUR UNDERTONE. The easiest way to find out is to check your veins (either on your waist).

  •  If you see mostly green, yellow, or olive-like color–you have WARM undertones.
  • If you see blue veins, you have COOL undertones.
  • If you see a mixture of both or have difficulty determining your colors, you are a NEUTRAL.

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YUNANALYSIS made this chart to look for keywords used to describe your skin tone and undertone (I am usually described as caramel or walnut). You can also go into any Sephora Store. They have partnered up with Pantone to create a device that measures the darkness of your skin. They will then give you an idea where you are on the Pantone Skin Chart (i.e I am 2Y11 in winter, 2Y12 in summer)!

Step 4: Coverage. How much of your natural skin would you like to cover? Now, in my option, I prefer sheer to medium coverage. Whatever imperfections that are not covered with my foundation, a light concealer hides the rest.

  1. Sheer: barely there. Barely hides imperfections.
  2. Medium: some coverage. Covers some imperfections.
  3. Full: A lot of coverage. Covers all imperfections.

Step 5: Which formula would you prefer? As a guide line: powders work better for oily skin. Liquids and creams work better for dry skin.

  1. Cream: Plain Jane Beauty Creme Minerals foundation
  2. Liquid: Gabriel’s liquid foundation cosmetics.
  3. Loosed powder: Jane Iredale Amazing Base loose powder mineral powder.
  4. Pressed powder:  BECCA Perfect Skin Mineral Powder Foundation
  5. Serum: Josie Maran Argan Matchmaker Serum Foundation
  6. Stick: Vapour Atmosphere Luminous Foundation

Step 6: Lastly! Which finish would you like?

  • Natural: I would describe naturall finishes as the between of satin and matte. These finishes look great on everyone! An California-based company, Bodyography, produces Natural Finish Foundations for an affordable price.
  • Matte: No shine, soft look. Oily or combination skin types look great in this look to keep away oily skin. However, dry skin may want to stay away to avoid looking ashy or dull. TARTE’s Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Full Coverage Foundation SPF 15 is made with Kaolin clay to help with oil throughout the day.
  • Radiant: Dewy (described as a “wet” look). Dry skin types love radiant finishes because it makes the skin look moisturized. But because it looks “wet”, oily skin should shy away from this finish–unless you apply a matte finishing powder. Vegan foundation, Veil Fluid Makeup Oil Free Broad Spectrum by Hourglass, provides sun protection and has a good range of shades.
  • Satin: In the middle of radiant and matte, satin looks great on everyone.   Urban Decay’s has a powder compact described to “add ultra definition” that is buildable and oil-free, that can be applied wet or dry.