Caring for our skin daily is one of the easiest ways to ensure long-term health, confidence, and youthfulness. These natural skincare brands are dedicated to redefining beauty industry standards for products which are not only good for us, but also good for our planet. Check out our favorite natural and organic make-up brands.
Natural & Organic Skincare | All-natural, nontoxic, paraben-free, sulfate-free, organic
Eco-Friendly | GMO-free soy wax, recyclable & reusable packaging, food grade
Ethical | Cruelty-free, made in small batches in USA
Our Pick | Pink Clay Soap Bar
Price Range | $16–$88
Herbivore Botanicals is a Seattle-based skincare line that uses cold-pressed and steam-distilled oils. Their products avoid fillers, instead utilizing globally-sourced natural ingredients such as French pink clay and Brazilian gemstones. Their beautiful package designs, captivating scents, and great textures encourage self-care and healthy indulgence.
Natural & Organic Skincare | All natural, 70% or more organic ingredients, sulfate-free, paraben-free, no artificial dyes
Eco-Friendly | USDA Organic, local sourcing, uses solar and wind power, recycled packaging
Ethical | Vegan, cruelty-free, gives back
Our Pick | Green Apple Age Defy Moisturizer
Price Range | $12–$110
Juice Beauty has been changing the beauty industry since 2005 with their organic and natural clinically-validated skincare and vibrant plant-pigmented cosmetics. All of their products are vegan and cruelty-free, they utilize sustainable energy sources for production, and they’re USDA Certified organic so you can feel good about what you’re putting on your skin! We love their detailed ingredients list and the variety of products for different skin types available.
Natural & Organic Skincare | All-natural, toxin-free, paraben-free, sulfate-free
Eco-Friendly | Recyclable and reusable packaging
Ethical | Vegan, cruelty-free, made in USA
Our Pick | Blood Orange Cleansing Balm
Price Range | $6–$59
100% PURE‘s USDA-Certified Organic skin care is made with the highest quality, natural nutrients for your skin and daily enhances your own efforts, the natural skin care way. Their natural cleansers and masks detox and refresh skin, and their natural facial scrubs exfoliate and buff away bumps, flakes or dullness. Plus, they offer a full line of cosmetics and personal care products, so they’ll be your new favorite one-stop shop for all-natural products.
Sephora’s annual Beauty Insider Holiday Sale slashes prices across skin care, makeup, hair products, fragrance, and more. Sephora’s yearly winter VIB sale is the opportunity to nab steep discounts is bigger than ever. There is certainly a lot to choose from, so let us help you narrow down the options. Scroll on for our top picks.
Pat McGrath Labs Holiday MatteTrance Lipstick, $38, sephora.com
It isn’t the holiday season until I pick out the one red lipstick I will wear for weeks on end. And this Pat McGrath one just feels so festive.
Nars Orgasm Infatuation Palette, $42, sephora.com
This year’s limited-edition collection comes at the perfect time because I just hit pan on my favorite Orgasm blush. But you know all about the legendary flush it gives, right? And that the Laguna bronzer gives the most gorgeous sun-kissed glow? My vanity—and my cheeks—are begging for this.
Givenchy Le Rouge, $40, sephora.com
The last thing I need in my life is another lipstick, especially another in the dark red color family. Still, tell me to walk away from this dark red shade and its pink-gold case, and I’ll hold a grudge against you forever.
Tatcha The Water Cream, $68, sephora.com
Moisturizer has historically been one of the skin care items I’m most reluctant to splurge on. Drugstore stuff works just fine, and I’d rather shell out for expensive serums that smell a little like sulphur. But when I tried Tatcha Water Cream, I realized in less than a week that I had to revise the usual budget. I like to use it at night and pile on a bit more than I think I need. The stuff goes on like a smoothie. Pores just drink it up.
Drunk Elephant T.L.C. Framboos Glycolic Night Serum, $90, sephora.com
I adore Drunk Elephant, but the cost of it is crushing. The chance to get the glycolic night serum at a discount (any discount) is one I won’t pass up. Of all the DE products, the night serum is my favorite—my skin glows from it the next morning.
Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat Lip Liner, $22, sephora.com
It’s clear that pouty lips are having a moment. I don’t have the funds or the guts to get lip fillers, so I’m ready to commit to Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat, which I’ve had my eye on for nearly two years. Every cool girl in the game uses this liner to define their lips, and I’ve only heard rave reviews about the color, staying power, and most important, the ability to make your lips look fuller.
Dior Hydra Life Balancing Hydration 2 in 1 Sorbet Water, $42, sephora.com
I’m obsessed with this toner. It’s light, refreshing, and leaves my skin feeling unbelievably soft. I go through it faster in winter because the heat is on and dries out my skin, so I’ll be adding an extra to my top shelf.
Did you know that the beauty industry is a nearly $300 BILLION-dollar empire? And that the average woman spends about $15,00on just makeup in her lifetime! There are lots of simple ways to thank your body, feel more beautiful, and not have to pay an arm and a leg for it. Here are just 5. They are easy and they are all natural.
Banana and Egg Hair Treatment
Looking for a little more shine in your hair? Simply mix one egg and a mashed-up banana. Apply it as a thick paste to your hair and leave it on for 10 – 30 minutes. Wash it our doing your usual hair washing ritual (if you usually use a store-bought conditioner you’ll probably only need to condition the ends). And voila! Super simple, and all natural, beauty tip.
Moisturizing Nail Treatment
Soak your nails in olive oil for five minutes. And then sit back and admire your pretty hands.
Simple Honey Face Mask
Raw honey is naturally anti-bacterial and a super quick way to get soft, beautiful skin. Once a week use a tablespoon or so of raw honey (not the processed stuff parading as honey) and gently warm it by rubbing your fingertips together. Spread on your face. Leave on for 5 – 10 minutes and then use warm water to gently rinse it off and pat dry. Then bask in the glow of your honey-awesomeness. This raw honey is awesome, by the way.
Apple Cider Vinegar Clarifying Shampoo
For those who are using commercial shampoos: To help eliminate any build up in your hair, mix ¼ cup organic apple cider vinegar with 1 cup water. Follow with your usual conditioner.
Elbow and Knee Exfoliate and Skin Brightener
Cut an orange in half and rub it on your elbows and knees. Helps soften those rough patches. And it smells good. (Rinse off the sticky mess when you are done.)
A complete rundown of every make-up product Meghan Markle wore on her royal wedding day and where to get your hands on it.
We knew Meghan Markle was going to look beautiful on her wedding day where she displayed her natural make-up look that showcased her freckles courtesy of make-up artist and Honest Beauty and Dior beauty ambassador, Daniel Martin.
Want to know how she got the look? We’ve rounded up the make-up products Meghan used on her big day so that you can recreate her bridal glow ASAP.
Dior Backstage Face and Body Foundation (coming soon)
The Lip Balm
The Lip Crayon
The Contour Kit
Dior Backstage Contour Palette (available May 25, 2018)
The Mascara No.2
Dior Backstage Eye Palette in Warm Neutrals 001 (available May 25, 2018)
The Liquid Eyeliner
Sweeping on mascara might seem intuitive, but there’s actually a lash-maximizing technique that when employed correctly can take your eyes from whatever to woah. Ditto brow pencil and even lipstick. Kimberly Soane, the director of artistry at Bobbi Brown, offers up 6 easy tips for every product in your kit.
Never put concealer or foundation on your eyelids as a base, it will cause your eye makeup to crease.
Use your fingers to apply your foundation if you want sheer coverage and a brush for medium to full coverage.
Always apply powder where you are shiniest first–usually your T-zone–with a very light dusting everywhere else.
You should put bronzer on your neck, face, and chest to even out your skin tone. Be sure to take a step back and make sure everything is the same color.
When applying blush, smile, then dust the apples of your cheeks, then sweep pigment towards the tops of ears, then down toward the jawline.
Trace brow pencil or powder along the tops of brows for an instant facelift.
Could your make-up be making you break out?
Anyone who’s ever struggled with acne-prone skin knows to avoid using products that clog your pores. So, when it comes to picking cleansers and moisturizers we aim to use products labelled with ‘non-comedogenic’ (ie. non pore-clogging). But sometimes we tend to forget about the other products that go on our faces—and stay there all day long. When it comes to preventing blocked pores, your choice of makeup is just as important as your skincare. Many foundations, powders and blushes contain oils, sodium lauryl sulfate and other skin-aggravating ingredients that can lead to breakouts.
Thankfully, there are plenty of non-comedogenic beauty products out there. Here are some of our top picks.
1. Laura Mercier Silk Crème Foundation
This oil-free foundation from Laura Mercier will give you radiant, all-day coverage without making your skin breakout.
2. Benefit The Porefessional Primer
Not only will Benefit’s The Porefessional primer not clog your pores, it’ll make them virtually non-existent!
3. Bareminerals Original SPF 15 Foundation
This all-natural powder foundation from Bareminerals will give you a flawless finish while still letting your skin breathe.
4. Jane Iredale Peaches and Cream Bronzer
Like all of Jane Iredale’s products, this gorgeous bronzer/blush combo is 100% non-comedogenic.
5. Nars Radiant Concealer
Cover up blemishes without making them worse with this creamy, non pore-clogging concealer from Nars.
Want to wow friends and family for the holidays? Here are some product picks and tips that are sure to turn heads all season long. It’s our holiday gift to you! Not only will they help you achieve the look you desire, but each of these finds is 100-percent natural.
- For a Flawless Canvas
Foundation sets the stage for your other make-up. Therefore, proper foundation is essential in landing that glamorous holiday look. We recommend Larenim Mineral Loose Foundation, which evens skin tone, hides blemishes and accents natural beauty, all while creating a smooth, seamless canvas for the application of additional make up. Tip: apply it with a kabuki brush for best results.
- For Blushing Beauty
Next comes your blush, and Everyday Minerals CHEEK Blush is luminous and velvety. Simply sprinkle some Peony Petal powder—it’s a great shade for many skin tones—into the lid, dab with a brush and sweep along your cheekbones. It’s best to start at the bottom and work your way up, blending in an outward motion. For extra radiance, also apply a touch to your chin and forehead.
- For Party-Worthy Peepers
There’s a time and a place for matte eye shadow. But if you truly want to make an impression during this season of celebrations, you should definitely go for the shimmer and shine! We’re big fans of Honeybee Gardens stackable mineral shadows because they allow you to create a variety of stunning looks, and don’t contain fillers and preservatives, which can irritate the eyes. Bonus: these 100-percent vegan, pure mineral shadows can also be used to create custom eye liner, blush, lip color and nail polish!
- For Luscious Lips
Remember, you want your smoky eyes to take center stage, so it’s best to go with a subtle lip. But that doesn’t mean clear gloss is the answer. Rather, choose a lip balm with just a hint of color, like Burt’s Bees Tinted Lip Balm in Rose. Made with nourishing shea butter and botanical waxes, this tinted lip balm moisturizes for eight long hours, leaving lips feeling soft and supple. And red, after all, is the signature shade of the season!
- For No-Fail Nails
Nail polish is a must when getting glamorous, and we’re excited to introduce Mineral Fusion Nail Lacquer in Vintage Pearl. You’ll love the opalescent champagne frost finish and the “long-lasting chip resistant formula.” Plus, this sophisticated polish is formaldehyde-free and comes with a custom extra-thick brush for easy—and flawless—application!
If you have oily skin, you are prone to acne, blackheads and spots. Your skin probably looks shiny and thick. Just as with any skin type, taking certain precautions and special care can help reduce skin problems.
The following are 5 tips for taking care of oily skin.
- Wash your face twice a day—once in the morning and once before bed. Washing more often can strip your skin of all the natural moisturizers and increase oil production. The only time you should wash your face more than twice a day is if you have been perspiring.
- Use a gentle cleanser. If you need something stronger, look for ingredients specifically made for oily skin and acne, such as benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, glycolic acid, or beta-hydroxy acid. Although usually marketed for acne, these products work well for oily skin too.
- If you are experimenting with different cleansers to find one that works for you, keep a notebook and write down the date, what cleanser you are using and keep track of how your skin looks after a few weeks. If you notice irritation, write that down so you know not to try that cleanser again.
- Oily skin still needs to be moisturized, but be careful to choose the right moisturizer. Look for water based or oil-free moisturizers and stay away from creams and heavy moisturizers.
- No matter how tempted, don’t pick, pop or squeeze pimples as it can cause scarring and leave red spots on your face.
Remember, having oily skin does have some benefits. Those with oily skin tend to age slower. Oily skin tends to wrinkle less than those with dry or normal skin. Always remember to apply sunscreen before going outside, no matter the weather.
The gradient trend may be fading away from hair, it’s just getting started on nails. Zero + Maria Cornejo and Milly brushed on a shimmery silver over a clear base, while Michael Costello used a deep burgundy on top of a glittery gold.
Asymmetrical French Manicure
The nail art seen at Marissa Webb and Cushnie et Ochs isn’t your hometown hairdresser’s French Mani. Instead of having white line the tops of your nails, the snowy shade cuts across a beige base diagonally.
You aren’t the only one obsessed with the unapologetically feminine shade. Millennial pink got the high-fashion seal of approval at Naeem Khan, Adam Selman, Lela Rose, and Reem Acra.
Instead of sliding on a ring or two, Rodarte and Fyodor Golan offered an alternative way to accessorize your fingers. Both rimmed the cuticle area with a shimmery or striking shade; the metallic looked like a tiny gilded chain, the blue read more like a statement necklace.
You don’t have to be Picasso to master this trend. Just grab some of your favorite polish shades and have at it. At Proenza Schouler, it was all about randomly freehanded squiggles. Manicurists at Tanya Taylor and Carmen Marc Valvo, on the other hand, created colorful arcs. Then, we saw Miami-inspired lines at Christian Siriano.
This vibrant shade isn’t just for your lips this spring, we’re also loving it for tips. Just look at it at Tibi and Blugirl. We don’t blame you if you want to do both at the same time.
Finding the best foundation can feel a bit like winning the lottery. More so than any other beauty product, foundation can make or break your entire look—and the trial and error process to find the right formula can be difficult. Got oily skin? You need matte coverage that stays put all day. Mature skin requires something lightweight and dewy that won’t cake or settle into fine lines.
So, what are the best foundations that rose to our lofty standards? Whether they were drugstore brands or high-end splurges, these five top-performing foundations transform even the blotchiest and oiliest among us into women with flawless, radiant complexions.
Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Foundation Powder, $46
This foundation effortlessly evens your complexion, smoothing and perfecting the skin’s appearance. It instantly reduces shine, evens your skin tone, hydrates, and visibly reduces the appearance of lines and pores. Created to move with your skin, the comfortable, water-resistant formula flexes easily without settling into fine lines, blurring the distinction between real skin and makeup.
Dolce & Gabbana Perfect Matte Liquid Foundation SPF 20, $67
A high performance, modern fluid foundation for a timeless beautiful face. Breakthrough formula features the innovative Matte Adapt Complex that self corrects signs of imperfections to uphold an impeccable complexion. Seamlessly tailoring to the skin, Perfect Matte Liquid Foundation imparts a velvety matte look that is soft to touch. The special formula with SPF 20 stays perfect all day long.
L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation, $12.99
L’Oréal’s Infallible Pro-Matte 24HR Foundation has an air-light texture with a demi-matte finish. This super gliding mattifying formula has a high-water content for maximum comfort that lasts!
Hourglass Illusion Hyaluronic Skin Tint, $55
This superior foundation employs advanced technology to promote the appearance of a smoother, firmer and more youthful complexion. Fortified with Hourglass’ Hyaluronan Complex, Illusion® plumps fine lines and wrinkles, tightens the appearance of sagging skin, and delivers an unbelievably luminous glow. UVA/UVB SPF 15 helps protect skin from the sun. Available in 12 shades.
Nars All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation, $48
Get full-coverage, lightweight foundation coverage with All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation. This foundation is highly pigmented and leaves a natural-looking finish. Perfectly balanced, this breakthrough, full-coverage formula builds and blends effortlessly. Sweat- and humidity-proof, it instantly neutralizes redness and dullness, while it works to reduce discoloration for more even, uniform skin. Perfect for all skin types, it features Weightless Long-wear Technology, an exclusive blend from NARS with flexible polymers and treated pigments that move with the skin while providing 16 hours of staying power.