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5 Solutions to Common Concerns About Natural Makeup

Natural and organic makeup can benefit both your skin and the Earth. But questions about things like cost, staying power, and shelf life might prevent you from giving these products a try. Here, makeup pro Tina Turnbow weighs in on the top 5 concerns about "natural" beauty.

By Elena Donovan Mauer

There are some excellent reasons to choose all-natural, mineral-based makeup. Because products labeled “natural” or “organic” are generally made with no artificial ingredients or potentially harmful chemicals, they can be less harsh on delicate or sensitive skin. In addition, many companies that make natural products put them in recyclable, biodegradable, or less wasteful packaging and/or support sustainable or energy-saving initiatives. However, there are some potential downsides to using natural and organic makeup. To address them, I turned to Tina Turnbow, a makeup artist who often uses natural and organic makeup on her celebrity clients. (Turnbow is such a fan of “green makeup” that she recently teamed up with Tarte Cosmetics to create a line of products for the ecofriendly beauty company.) Here are Turnbow’s solutions to common concerns about natural products:

Common Concern #1: Cryptic labels

Simple Solution: Know what to look for

Any company can use the words “natural” and “organic” on their packaging, even when it’s not completely true. To be sure that what you’re buying is truly organic, look for the official USDA Organic symbol, which means it received an official stamp of approval. If you’re looking for natural products that aren’t necessarily organic, simply check the label. Chances are, if you need a dictionary to decipher a product’s contents, then it’s not all natural. Once you start shopping around, you’ll figure out which brands to look for and where to find them. Turnbow likes scouting the beauty aisles at Whole Foods. In addition to Tarte, she likes the natural brands Aveda, ZuZu Luxe, and Dr. Hauschka.

Common Concern #2: Sticker shock

Simple Solution: Shop drugstores

Many people hesitate to use natural and organic makeup because it’s often pricier than conventional products — a direct result of organic farms being more costly to operate. But don’t write off using pure products altogether! There are some excellent, affordable options at your local drugstore. Turnbow sings the praises of Almay Pure Blends foundation and the organic makeup line from Physicians Formula; most of these products retail for $15 or less.

Common Concern #3: Subtle color

Simple Solution: Learn to layer

Mineral-based makeup’s biggest strength is giving you — yep — a natural look. But even if you’re in the mood to create some drama with bold makeup colors, you don’t have to skip natural products. To amp up the intensity of your makeup, Turnbow suggests using a cheek stain and then dusting powder blush on top, or creating a base for your lipstick with lip pencil, which will deepen the shade. She also recommends sampling different natural products — you’ll find some that actually are highly pigmented. For example, she says, “Kohl eyeliners are more intense than other eyeliners that aren’t as pure.”

Common Concern #4: Less staying power

Simple Solution: Reapply as needed

Turnbow admits that while they’re great for your skin and the environment, natural cosmetics can sometimes wear off quickly. “If you would normally touch up your makeup after three or four hours, you might want to check it in two hours,” she says. That said, some products have more staying power than others. For example, all-natural cheek stains can be long lasting, but eye shadows tend to settle in creases quickly. Just pay a little extra attention to your makeup (always keep a compact mirror handy for quick face checks), and you’ll be good to go.

Common Concern #5: Shorter shelf life

Simple Solution: Keep it clean

The lack of preservatives in natural and organic products can mean they are more likely to spoil than traditional cosmetics. However, Turnbow isn’t convinced the difference in shelf life between natural and conventional makeup is that significant. “In general, ecofriendly makeup has come a long way, and I don’t think most companies will put anything out there that’s going to go bad really quickly,” she says. To keep natural products (or any products, for that matter) fresh, Turnbow stresses the importance of keeping them bacteria free. Never share cosmetics with friends, and try not to transmit oils from your fingers into your makeup containers. Also, throw away makeup that smells “off” or has separated, says Turnbow.

Last Updated: Thursday, March 11, 2010

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Terri said...

Good advice for the most part, but I think it's important to point out a few things that green beauty seekers need to know. First, there is no such thing as organic makeup, because natural makeup uses minerals, which by their very definition cannot be organic. So when it comes to makeup, look for certifications like CosmeBio (a French certification) or BDIH.

Secondly, Aveda and Tarte are not even bordering on all natural. Although they get tossed into the same category are truly natural and organic brands, one look at their ingredients labels shows otherwise. When it comes to makeup, the cleanest brands are Zuzu, Hauschka, Logona, Couleur Caramel, rms beauty, Lavera, Nvey Eco, Alima Pure, and Jane Iredale.

DivaGlam Cosmetics Blogspot said...

thanks for the advice, it is important to read labels and be aware of what you are using. Again thank you Terri