Part 1 of this post yesterday laid out everything you need for a vegan makeup kit for your wedding day for under $100. Yes, it can be done! Read on for a breakdown of the components and application tips.
- Brushes – Just like a painter, a makeup artist needs to use the right tools to achieve the desired look. For this popular bridal look, purchase a five-piece Eco Tools brush set ($12.99) and an e.l.f. Mineral Flat Eyeliner brush ($5). All brushes are vegan and have handles made from sustainable bamboo.
- Foundation Primer – The secret to long-lasting natural makeup application lies in the primers. There are many great foundation primers on the market, but those on a budget can use pure aloe vera gel. Although commonly used to soothe skin after sunburns, aloe vera can make a great primer and is sold in drugstores and health food stores for about $6. Look for varieties with extremely high concentrations of aloe vera (95% or higher). Apply with clean fingers or an organic cotton ball.
- Foundation and Concealer – A great foundation with medium to heavy coverage can double as a concealer. Foundations are typically a place to splurge, so save by buying a sample size of a high-quality product such as Monave’s Vegan Moisture Mousse Foundation ($8.50). Available in over 20 different shades, this foundation provides excellent coverage for photos. (For images of the various colors, click here.) Rub in gently with clean fingers or a foundation sponge. Pat gently to apply over areas when using as a concealer.
- Eyebrows – Most brows will benefit from a little grooming. Choose a powder color slightly darker than your hair color, such as Alima Pure’s Auburn or Brunette Satin Matte Eyeshadow ($1.50 per generous sample). Darker hair colors may find a better match with Alima Pure’s Satin Matter Eyeliner ($1.50). Dip a flat eyeliner brush into the powder, tap off the excess, and fill in brow with short, hair-like strokes.
- Eyeshadow Primer – This step is essential to preventing creasing and making shadow last. Those on a tight budget can try e.l.f. Mineral Eyeshadow Primer ($3), which helps shadow last for about 4-5 hours. For more staying power and more natural ingredients, splurge on Cheeky Cosmetics Organic Eye Shadow Primer (about $13 including shipping). Apply both with the applicator wand and gently massage into eyelids from lashes to brows with a clean finger.
- Eyeshadow – The most requested bridal look of the era is the soft smoky eye. Pick up four samples Monave for $1 each and create this look in a few simple steps. After applying primer, dip the Eco Tools eye shading brush (purchased as part of the set) into Tierra Light and tap off excess. Then sweep from lashes to brows. Next, apply Semi-Matte Brown across the upper eyelid (just across the closed eyelid; not into or above the crease. Now take Tierra Dark, applying color in the crease starting at the outer corner of the eye and stopping at the middle. Finally, take a small amount of Black and gently blend over the Tierra Dark and slightly onto the outer corner of the eyelid.
- Eye Liner – Although liquid, cream, and waterproof formulas can be popular for brides, those on a budget can save on a simple eyeliner. Try e.l.f. Mineral Eye Liner in black ($3). Although it is not waterproof, it will still last a good 5-6 hours unless rubbed or washed off. Gently draw a line along the upper lashline for an open look; outline the rest of the eye if you prefer a more modern look.
- Mascara – No bride wants raccoon eyes on her special day. Waterproof mascara is one item worth the splurge. There is only one known vegan version: Beauty Without Cruelty Waterproof Mascara (about $19 with shipping). Apply from roots to tips, wiggling gently. Make sure to coat the top lashes as outermost lashes for maximum volume. Budget-minded brides will be happy to know that it can be easily removed with olive oil or coconut oil.
- Setting Powder – A great powder will set cream and liquid foundations, giving them staying power and reducing shine. Alima Pure offers a couple of options including the Satin Matte Finishing Powder or the Satin Matte Foundation ($1.50 each for a sample). Those who prefer a colorless powder could consider e.l.f. Studio High Definition Powder ($6), but will want to hold their breath when applying to avoid inhalation. Powders are easily applied using the Eco Tools baby kabuki from the set mentioned in the “Brushes” section.
- Blush – Every bride needs a little color. Create a perfect blush using a loose powder blush sample from Alima Pure ($1.50). Try shades such as Apple Blossom, Desert Rose, or Mimosa. Dip the Eco Tools baby kabuki or powder brush into the blush, tap off the excess, and buff onto the apples of the cheeks.
- Lip Liner – Well-applied lip liner can really set off a great lipstick or gloss. Just make sure the liner is similar in color. Check out e.l.f. Mineral Lip Liner in colors such as Raisin ($3). Gently draw around the lips in light, feathery strokes for a natural look. Lips can also be filled in with liner for more staying power.
- Lip Gloss – No bridal look is complete without a suitable lip color. Glosses are a popular choice because they glide right over any imperfectionsor dryness. Monave offers vegan lip glaze samples for just $3.50. Set off a sultry, smoky eye with innocent lip colors such as Autumn, Watermelon, Silver Rose, or Hibiscus. Apply after lining lips with the included applicator.
- Touch-up Kit – Between a wedding, picture session, and a reception, even the best makeup application may need a little touching up. Pack asmall pouch for a bridesmaid to carry that includes the bride’s setting powder, baby kabuki brush, lip liner, lip gloss, and a few blotting papers (such as e.l.f. Shine Eraser, $1). If it’s a particularly long ceremony, consider including items such as the foundation sample, eyeshadow samples, eye liner, and eye shading brush.
Kaylin Johnson is an eco-friendly makeup artist living and working in Austin, Texas. She has been working with make-up for over ten years and is constantly searching for the highest-quality cruelty-free products on the market. Kaylin is a frequent blogger and has written articles for sites such as Endless Beauty, Vegan Beauty Review, and Nature’s Knockout. She can also be seen in natural makeup tutorials for Tyra Banks’ Typef.com. Kaylin enjoys working with a variety of clients, from actors and actresses to models and brides. She is very enthusiastic about recommending all the best natural makeup products on the market in her upcoming book, the Green Beauty Review.