You May Also Like

What Brett Kavanaugh could mean for women's health

Brett Kavanaugh is not someone you want making decisions about women’s bodies—here’s why

Working from home tips for stress: Personality

Lacking this personality trait can make working from home *more* stressful than the office

how to be a better listener

Imma let you finish because there’s a solid (psychology-backed) reason to stop interrupting people

kombucha pregnancy

What you need to know about drinking kombucha when you’re pregnant

how to save money at target

To avoid buying *all the things* at Target, wear headphones

Woman with hat

If a tinted moisturizer and a matte foundation had a baby, it would be this

5 things you need to know about natural makeup


W3LL PEOPLE's Shirley Pinkson shares her top tips for natural makeup—how to buy it, how long it lasts, and application tricks.

Switching to natural makeup can be a daunting task. Sure, organic eyeliner and paraben-free foundation sound great, but it can be hard to give up your Dior Show Mascara and Bobbi Brown Shimmer Stick.

makeup guru Shirley PinksonW3LL PEOPLE‘s co-founder Shirley Pinkson knows your pain. She spent 10 years at NARS before she jumped the fence and co-created the natural line that makes dramatic, results-oriented makeup using toxin-free ingredients.

Here are some of her best tips:

1. If you don’t recognize the first five ingredients in your makeup, don’t buy it!

Most department and drugstore makeup contains harmful ingredients that are bad for your skin, body, and the environment.  And 80 percent of what goes on skin gets absorbed into the body, Pinkson says, so it’s important to know what you’re putting on your face. At minimum, opt for paraben-free and petroleum-free makeup that won’t clog pores.

2. Use makeup within one year of purchase.

Many factors go into determining a product’s shelf life (like whether you stick your fingers into it, clean your brushes, etc.). But as a general rule of thumb, you should replace makeup each year. And you might want to toss your mascara after three months.

3. When applying mineral makeup, use a brush to buff in downward strokes.

Swirling the brush over your face raises the fine downy hairs, which grab too much pigment. The peach fuzz on your face grows down, so stroking in that direction will allow the minerals to blend into your skin.

W3LL PEOPLE makeup4. When creating a look, pick one feature to focus on—and keep the rest natural.

Start with flawless skin, and add intensity to one feature. If you want dramatic eyes, focus the attention on liner and shadow and keep the lip neutral.

5. Don’t follow traditional “rules” of makeup application!

Use bronzer as eyeshadow, lip stain as blush, anything goes! You can also make your makeup multitask by mixing it with other products. Example: Mix concealer and mineral powder together as a primer, or turn pigment powder into a cream eyeshadow by mixing it with highlighter. Become a makeup mixologist! —Rosa Levitan

 

Loading More Posts...

You May Also Like

How to improve confidence

Boost your confidence in 4 steps—even when you think your reflection looks like the Corpse Bride

Working from home tips for stress: Personality

Lacking this personality trait can make working from home *more* stressful than the office

Harvest Moon

Tonight’s harvest moon has major breakthrough potential—here’s how to reap its wisdom

kombucha pregnancy

What you need to know about drinking kombucha when you’re pregnant

Is it healthy to cry during "This Is Us"?

Ugly-cry through ‘This Is Us’? Here’s what the waterworks can mean for your emotional health

how to be a better listener

Imma let you finish because there’s a solid (psychology-backed) reason to stop interrupting people