I remember my first retail artistry gig. I was fresh out of college and a good friend of mine helped me land a job working for Trish McEvoy. Making a living out of doing makeup and learning alongside so many talented artists was a freaking dream. Are you kidding me? How come growing up no one told me being a makeup artist was a legit occupation? I was soaking up as much information as possible and as fast as I could. Fascinated by all the colors and textures, I became curious about how makeup was made and what actually went into the products I adored so much.
I was reading “Don’t Go to the Cosmetics Counter Without Me” by Paula Begoun when I first learned about carmine (you can read more about carmine here). Red dye… crushed beetles… Wait WHAT!? WTF!? PEOPLE USE BUGS TO ADD COLORING TO MAKEUP? I was shocked. GROSS! WHY!? I remember coming to work the next day and telling some coworkers that there were bugs in our lipsticks. Before I could finish, people were frantically pulling open drawers, searching for a bug infestation. “No, not live and crawling around in our drawers," I explained, "they are actually IN the product!!” For some reason everyone seemed relieved by my clarification? Why was no one still panicked? Wasn’t bugs on your lips more gross than bugs in a drawer!?
In that moment a seed was planted and I would never look at makeup the same.
Since making the transition into vegan and cruelty-free makeup a few years ago, I found that dodging these sneaky (and icky) ingredients could feel daunting. It seemed like every conventional lip product contained carmine, and it was so annoying.
So in an attempt to make your lives easier (and bug-free), I’ve made this video and provided a list for you below with some of my favorite lip products. This is by no means a comprehensive list, but these are my current faves at the moment.
What are your favorite vegan and cruelty-free lip products? Let me know in the comments below!
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