I Was Skeptical of Clean Makeup—These 6 Brands Changed My Mind

Clean beauty is something I’ve become increasingly interested in over the last few years. The more I learn about the lack of regulation in the industry and the shady chemicals and ingredients that are commonly found in products, the more determined I am to detox my entire routine. There are over 1300 ingredients banned in the EU, compared to only 11 in the U.S. That’s insane! I’ve done a good job of cleaning up my skincare products, but makeup has proven to be more difficult. 

I’ve had a much easier time finding clean, high-quality skincare products that actually work than finding makeup products of the same vein. I don’t want to choose between performance and clean ingredients—I need makeup products that provide beautiful, long-lasting results that also don’t contain any toxic ingredients. I have sensitive skin and mild rosacea, so clean ingredients help keep my skin calm and reduce inflammation. I believe makeup brands can meet both of these requirements, so I went on a mission to find the ones that deliver on this. To my surprise and delight, I found quite a few that are completely comparable in performance to my vanity staples, but without all the questionable additives. Below are the six best clean-makeup brands I’ve tried and a few of my favorite products from each.


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