When it comes to my makeup, I’m an anything goes kind of girl—but lately I’ve been thinking harder about the ingredients that actually go on my face. And I’m not the only one; natural makeup is huge right now, and with Gwyneth and Jessica Alba both set to release all-natural beauty lines, it’s only going to get bigger.
Fortunately for us, all-natural makeup is totally awesome right now, proving that you can get amazing formulas and colors without any concerning ingredients. So here are my 5 picks for the best natural makeup out there right now!
I am a lipstick snob of the first water, so when I say that this is one of the best lipstick formulas I’ve ever tried, it is the highest compliment of which I am capable. Gorgeously smooth color combined with amazing staying power and beautiful new silver packaging (coming soon!) easily puts these lipsticks on par with ultra-luxury brands—I have these in every color, but I especially love Georgia, an intense raspberry that is my official date night lip color.
I love products that multitask—the fewer things I have to lug around with me, the better—and this lip and cheek tint is a total gift from the beauty gods. It’s described as a “rich berry,” but I think it’s more of a universally flattering medium pink with very faint gold undertones. On my cheeks, this gives me the most wonderful natural flush…and applied to my lips, it looks like I’ve been making out all day. It has a coconut oil base, so it never really “sets” on your skin; this gives you eternal dewiness, but can also be challenging for girls who wear glasses (it tends to rub off on your frames). To get around this, apply a thin layer of translucent powder overtop, and volia! The perfect cheek color that will not budge.
By now, you know that if there’s one thing I want, it’s for my skin to be so radiant that it hurts to look at me. That’s where Josie Maran comes in: this highlighter is the perfect shade of creamy, dreamy golden bronze that blends like a dream and makes my skin look beyond shimmery. Plus, it’s packed with awesome-for-your-skin ingredients like Argan oil and grape seed oil. My favorite trick is to mix a tiny blob in with my tinted moisturizer for an all-over glow.
bareMinerals Pop of Passion Lip Oil Balm ($16, sephora.com)
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: these lip oils are AMAZING. So soft! So hydrating! So brightly colored! They’re the Platonic ideal of summer lip colors; my favorites are Plumberry Pop (a bright raspberry popsicle shade) and Punch Pop (a beautiful coral). I love how they leave a subtle stain behind after the shine wears off—and since each shade is packed with jojoba oil, your lips will be left in the best condition ever. Bye bye, summertime dryness!
Tarte Tartelette Amazonian Clay Matte Eyeshadow Palette ($44, sephora.com)
You don’t have to sacrifice your eye makeup game in the pursuit of natural makeup, as Tarte shows us over and over again. This eyeshadow palette, packed with every neutral shade you’ll ever need. Each of the 12 colors applies smoothly and evenly, and can be worn dry (as shadow) or damp (as liner). With absolutely zero mineral oil, these shadows are brilliant for those with sensitive skin or eyes—I love to wear these shadows on days where my eyes are feeling especially watery, as nothing else lasts as well.