Cruelty-Free Cosmetics: 11 Beauty Products in the UK That Are Vegan-Friendly
Want to make sure your make-up kit isn’t harming any animals? To save you from reading all the fine print at the beauty counter, we’ve listed several products that are both cruelty-free and vegan:
Lush’s liquid eyeliner comes in a huge range of colours, from classic black to glittering peach. It is extremely long-lasting and comes in a cute glass bottle. It’s a great option for those with sensitive eyes, as it’s full of natural ingredients.
This baked blush comes in a variety of pretty pinks, perfect for highlighting your rosy cheeks. NYX does not test on animals and has a wide variety of products that are also suitable for vegans.
From high-street favourite The Body Shop, this neat compact, complete with a mirror and sponge, does the job of a foundation and powder all in one.
Fans of cruelty-free cosmetics are sure to love Urban Decay’s collection. Several of their eyeshadow colours are free from animal ingredients, like this sparkly silver shade “moonspoon”.
BB and CC creams are all the rage in the beauty world, so this animal-friendly version by Yes To is sure to go over well. It corrects uneven colouration and provides SPF protection, making it a great lightweight alternative to foundation. It comes in light and light-medium tones.
All the cosmetics from Beauty Without Cruelty are 100 per cent vegan, making beauty buys like this versatile concealer pen a perfect choice for conscious consumers.
Smashbox is another great brand for those looking to avoid animal-tested cosmetics. This handy eyebrow tool is travel-friendly and one of the company’s best-selling products. It includes an angled pencil for filling and a brush for grooming your brows to perfection.
Everyone needs a go-to moisturiser to wear under make-up, and this soothing cream from Model Co doesn’t disappoint! The whole range of skin-care products from Model Co is suitable for vegans, and the entire make-up collection is cruelty-free.
Lipsticks can be a minefield for vegans because of the use of carmine – made from crushed insects – to create red tones. Inika, however, sells organic lipstick and has a beautiful range of reds, pinks and purples made from totally animal-free ingredients – yay!
Lush offers this compact mascara made from natural ingredients that is easy to apply and will give your lashes a natural, clump-free look.
Too Faced is a cruelty-free brand, and it has a handy list of its products that are free from animal ingredients on its website’s FAQ page. This cute blush is perfect if you want a golden glow.
In March 2013, a European Union regulation was implemented that made it illegal to sell animal-tested cosmetics in Europe, even if the testing was done outside Europe. This was a historic step for animal rights, but it may have left some feeling confused as to why not all beauty brands are considered cruelty-free. Any company that still sells in countries where this law does not apply may be carrying out or commissioning tests on animals, so it’s important to double-check before buying.
If you want to check if a beauty company is cruelty-free, visit PETA US’ searchable list and enter the name of the brand for instant results that will tell you whether the company still conducts animal tests.