2017 Cruelty-Free Makeup Staples

2017 Cruelty-Free Makeup Staples

My New Year’s resolution for this year was to transition to all of my make up being cruelty-free. I was looking into the testing that’s done on animals, and it made me really sad to think that little bunnies were suffering just so I could have MAC makeup.

Not going to lie, it was actually not that hard to transition away from any non-cruelty free brands. When I looked at my makeup collection, I was already 60 to 70% there.

The way I started was giving away or tossing my non cruelty-free products aka my MAC makeup. Then, as I ran out of things, I would make sure I was buying a cruelty-free brand. And honestly, it was pretty easy.

Popular cruelty-free brands: Urban Decay, Becca, Too Faced, Anastasia Beverly Hills, Elf Cosmetics, Nars, NYX, Hourglass, Milk Makeup, Charlotte Tilbury

For more info, check out this Ultimate Cruelty-Free Makeup Guide –> here

sunday riley martian mattifying toner

I think toners and primers are definitely makeup staples because I refuse to put my makeup on without them. The Sunday Riley brand is super popular right now but also with good reason. This Martian toner is amazing. It’s so cooling and refreshing, especially if your skin is feeling sensitive or dry.slightly savvy cruelty free makeup

Plus, its main goal is to mattify. So, I put it on after I cleanse my face to help keep that oil down that always wants to pop up over my face.

For $55, yes, it’s absolutely pricey. But I tried the trial size at Sephora before I bought it and I saw how much I loved it. Also, it’s a huge bottle….probs the biggest skin care product I own.

buy it at Sephora –> here

 benefit hoola bronzer

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The og most amazing bronzer for pale people. This cool neutral never looks muddy, never looks blotchy, never looks orange. It’s also won so many beauty awards it’s not even funny.

buy it at Sephora, Ulta, Amazon –> here, here, here

 becca x chrissy teigen palette

So, I was SO pleasantly surprised by the Becca x Chrissy Teigen glow palette. Sometimes, celeb collabs are just bad, but this blush color is AMAZING for us pale people. And the highlighters are also beautiful.

check it out at Ulta –> here

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♡ kat von d lock-it foundation + powder foundation

Kat Von D is another amazing cruelty-free brand, especially if you’re not looking to joke around about your makeup.

Whenever I’m taking pics and I NEED my skin to look flawless, I use her Lock-It Foundation, put on Urban Decay Naked Skin concealer, and set everything with the Kat Von D flawless finish powder foundation. Your skin will look so smooth and flawless.

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buy the foundation (my shade is Light 49 Neutral) –> here

concealer –> here

powder foundation (my fave part of this combo because it’s truly the secret trick) –> here

just try it + see what happens.

♡ bare minerals lash domination mascara + benefit roller lash mascara

So I am a 100% psycho about mascara. Lashes are everything to me. And I think they are just so key to every look.

So I use 2-3 different mascara to do different things.

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  1. Lengthen and blacken with Bare Minerals mascara
  2. Thicken with Benefit Roller Lash

buy bare minerals lash domination –> here

buy benefit roller lash mascara –> here

urban decay de-slick setting spray

Yes, setting spray is a makeup must have for me. If you have oily skin OR live somewhere hot/humid, just give setting spray a try. Buy a trial size one at Sephora for like $10 and test it out one night when you go out.

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Urban Decay is also one of the most popular cruelty-free makeup brands. Which is great because their stuff is great.

buy a trial size at Sephora –> here


What are your makeup absolute must haves ?? Like the things you’ve purchased over and over again for years. I would really really really love to know ♡

To see more on how I do my makeup, follow me on Instagram –> here

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  • Love this post. Now I don’t have to go do the research. I’m in the market for some mascara and the de-slick sounds great for my oily skin. And YAY for cruelty free. Well done!

  • Amazing! I always love getting advice on makeup, and cruelty free is where it’s at! And I love Ms. Teigen, obvs!

  • Great to have so many cruelty free brands, and a variety of places to pick them up and test them out!

  • I’ve heard so many good things about that bronzer and foundation – I have to try them out soon! 🙂

    I had a breakthrough recently with my skincare routine, and realized that I wasn’t moisturizing enough. Since I’ve upped my moisturizing game, my skin has looked and felt better than ever. I didn’t realize this was such an important step, especially in the summer when you’d think the heat + humidity would mean you would moisturize less.

    Good stuff, Katherine! 🙂

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  • Thanks so much for sharing – I love that so many top brands are cruelty-free!

  • I tried the Sunday Riley cleanser and I completely fell in love, it’s pricey but I think I’m going to stick to buying more of their products since they’re organic as well.


  • I love this! It is so great to know!
    I had no idea MAC still has cruelty towards animals, I just found that out

  • God that really frustrates me about MAC, it’s like get with the times all these other amazing brands are cruelty free! I actually didn’t know before I read this post that Charlotte Tilbury and Becca were cruelty free either, that’s awesome!

    Julia // The Sunday Mode

  • Thanks for sharing! I also trying to buy natural cruelty free products only. Will definitely try your recommendations.

  • Wow I never knew these amazing products are actually cruelty free! I definitely need to check them out! Thanks for sharing this list!

    xo Tina
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  • I’m definitely interested in the Becca and Chrissy collab palette! It’s perfect for WOC! I need to try Kat Von d’s foundation as well! That is deslicj is a must have for my oily skin!

  • Very nice post, love cruelty free products. Great share, thank you.

  • I would like to try that toner. It would great for the humid summer months here. Great roundup.

  • Need to try the hoola bronzer!!

  • So very clean, I have tried so many things, I would love to try the bronzer as well.

  • Fantastic cruelty-free makeup can be so hard to find, so thank you for the recommendations, adding them to my bag ASAP!

  • Ooo yay! I’ve been wanting to try the Urban Decan and KVD stuff for the longest time! So happy they’re cruelty free! 🙂

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  • Silvia

    Seriously love so many of these brands! I’ve been wanting that Chrissy Teigan highlighter palette!

  • Awesome products 🙂 I also only use cruelty free products and I always love learning more about new brands! 🙂 Thanks!

  • Love Hoola and I’m waiting for my BECCA x Chrissy Teigan palette to arrive.

  • That’s such a great post! You’re so right about it not being difficult, all it takes is a little research. The products you showed are amazing, I’ll definitely check out the Kat von D foundation. Love your writing style too btw!

  • Cheryl

    I’m totally in the market for new makeup and I love the idea of cruelty-free options.

  • I’ve spent the last couple of years replacing all my beauty/hair/home products with cruelty-free & eco-friendly brands. I want to try the BECCA x Chrissy palette! I also wanted to let you know that while Benefit is cruelty-free here, they do sell in China where animal testing is still prevalent & their website says they do test where required. For this reason, I stopped buying their products a year & a half ago (they were one of my favorite brands).

  • I also swear by the UD Setting Spray! They’re amazing and makes my make-up look flawless all the time

  • Holly Paige

    I was looking into buying the becca x chrissy teigen palette and was torn, so this just solidified my decision to try it!

  • Caitlin

    Love your site girl! Just letting you know though, Benefit tests on animals :/

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