I have loved playing with makeup since I discovered my mom’s beauty kit at the age of 7 and applied her ruby red lipstick. By the age of 12, I bought my very first makeup. Since then, I have had a love affair with trying on makeup, even though I hardly wore any out of the house. I used to do my friends and my sister’s friends makeup for school dances, or just because. I would sit in front of my vanity and try to recreate Audrey Hepburn’s eyebrows for hours. Today, I appreciate makeup solely for enhancing what I have. Finding makeup that is not only pure, organic if possible, and does what it says, is one hard task! But through trial and error, I think I have found my holy grail of natural makeup that actually works.
We will start first with foundation. I have always used a powder foundation. I remember having a reaction to my friends MAC liquid foundation in high school, not to mention a cake-face, and ever since I have never liked liquid foundation. When looking for a natural face powder I was recommended to try 100% Pure but after a mishap in Myanmar when the makeup oxidized in the sun and I ended up with a black face, I quickly switched. Don’t get me wrong 100% Pure makes some amazing products and I still advocate for the purity of the products, but because the face powder is made from fruit enzymes, it goes without saying those enzymes turn brown when exposed to sunlight. So living in Singapore, I decided I needed something made from minerals. That is when I discovered Alima Pure. These products are by far the best. I grew up only using bareMinerals in high school and college, when the mineral craze began. However, I had to change because it contains bismuth oxychloride, which is known to cause skin irritation and sensitivity. Thank goodness for Alima Pure and the truly pure 4 ingredients! Seriously, I can’t say enough about how much I love this foundation. There are 6 different undertones and in each undertone there is a color scale from 0-9 to determine your most ideal shade. Flawless. Perfect.
As far as blushes and bronzers go, again you cant go wrong with Alima Pure. The colors are so highly pigmented a little goes a long way. Not to mention, the colors are universal and will look great on practically every skin tone. Personally, I don’t typically wear anything but powder and mascara most days, so the blush and bronzer are reserved for special occasions.
Moving on to mascara. Now this has been the biggest struggle, to find a natural mascara to make my blonde lashes stand out and withstand the humid rain forest in which I live. Enter Dr. Hauschka! Again, I do my research in finding an all natural product based on ingredients, reviews, and if it is animal friendly! Now this stuff costs a small fortune here in Singapore, but luckily my favorite skin care website Saffron Rouge ships internationally. Back to the mascara, the ingredients actually smell amazing and help your lashes stay healthy. Now, all you hard-core vegans, this stuff includes beeswax and carmine, both of which come from insects. However, it is so hard to find a mascara that actually works and is all natural in ingredients.
Lastly, I only wear lip balm every day and I have yet to find an all natural lipstick that stays put and is true to the color. My lip balm of choice is Hurraw Balm. There are so many delicious flavors and I have loved every single one. The balms are 100% natural and organic ingredients and so it doesn’t matter if you accidentally ingest, because the flavors are that yummy. I loved Lip Smackers growing up so this to me is an adult, all-natural version! Let me know if you have found a natural lipstick with true pigmented color because I would love to try!
I know making the transition to natural makeup is difficult as we are creatures of habit, but these products make that transition easy and worth it! Let me know your natural beauty secrets!