nontoxic makeup

The most painful non-toxic switch I have made thus far is, you guessed it, makeup.

I have wanted to write this post for a while but kept getting stuck. I have been using non-toxic makeup for around six months now but had yet to throw away all of my old stuff. The Laura Mercier, Benefit, and Urban Decay sat there right next to all my new, clean products calling out to be used. After all, I had spent a pretty penny on them. Why not use them?

But yesterday I called it quits. I couldn’t continue to promote the clean, all-natural products that I believe in while hoarding the old stuff that I fully believe should not be allowed in people’s makeup bags, much less sold in stores to the masses.

So, I got on my Insta stories and pulled everything out of my makeup drawer for the world to see and threw it all away. Straight in the trashcan and out to the dumpster.

It was painful. I’m not going to lie. I spent so much money on those high-end brands that all the YouTubers and cool kids were purchasing only to realize they weren’t worth it and they had *really* harmful ingredients.

That’s where the Think Dirty App comes in. Think Dirty is an app that you can find the ingredients to just about any product you want. From makeup to household cleaners, it’s all there. You’re probably thinking, “Well that’s great and all, Harley, but can you please translate all those long gibberish-like names into English, please?”

I can’t, but Think Dirty can. Each of the ingredients is rated on a “harmful/toxic” scale based on studies done by medical professionals. When you tap on an ingredient it explains what it is, what it’s used for, and why it’s harmful. It lists links to studies done on them and why they should be used with caution or not at all.

I was able to go through my entire house checking the ingredients and adjusting the use as necessary.


This app really opened my eyes to how important it is to know what you’re consuming. If I care so much about what food I’m putting into my body, why don’t I also care as much about what I’m putting on my body and in my living space?

So, I made the switch. And I want to share it with you, piece by piece.


Here’s my whole non-toxic makeup routine:

The following three aren’t technically makeup but they’re the most important steps in the process so I thought I’d share ūüôā Let’s call them “Priming your face.”


So, when I first wake up I head to the kitchen and make a hugeee glass of apple cider vinegar water. You can read about all the benefits and how to here. This helps me wake up and get the day started more mindfully. It also is my number one way of combating acne and maintaining glowing skin.

I’ll be the first (among many) to remind you that healthy skin comes from a healthy diet. When I was younger I took pride in the fact that I wasn’t suffering from hormonal acne like the rest of my friends. Fast forward to college and it took a slight turn. I went from getting one pimple a month to having several on my chin all the time. It wasn’t until I learned how much food affects your hormones, skin, and overall health that I was able to get it completely under control.

If I do get a blemish it’s because I have eaten something I shouldn’t have. I can almost 100% guarantee when I’ll break out by what I’m eating. Last week there were two days where I ate two macaroons the first night and had a brownie the next night.

Low and behold, the third morning I woke up with red spots forming on my chin. For me, sugar is the number one ingredient that causes me to break out. I usually try to avoid it as best I can but sometimes you’ve just got to say YOLO and eat the dang brownie.

I encourage you to figure out what it is that might be causing your breakouts. It could be so many different things but don’t let that stop you. I promise that you won’t just have clearer skin but you will feel better too.


Anyway, I’ll stop ranting now and get back to the routine. Next, I rinse my eyes with water and make sure my lashes aren’t going in crazy directions. I don’t usually give my face a true wash (soap & water) in the morning because I don’t want to strip off all of the natural oils that are meant to protect my skin so I just use a toner.


Moisturizer is super important to my skincare routine and makes an honest difference in the way my makeup wears throughout the day. I use OSEA’s Atmosphere Protection Cream. It goes on super light but doesn’t seem like it by the way it hydrates my skin.


Tinted Moisturizer

Typically I try to stay away from any foundation or full coverage makeup simply because I don’t want to look like I’m wearing makeup. The solution? Tinted Moisturizer. I have been using¬†W3ll People’s Bio Tint and loving it. It goes on a little heavier than I anticipated so if you want more coverage, this is definitely for you.


I think the hardest thing for me to part with was my Laura Mercier¬†translucent powder. Let me tell you. I found an all-natural version. W3ll People’s
Bio Brightener Invisible Powder is basically the same thing. But good for your skin. It gives you a gorgeous natural glow without looking sparkly.


If you asked me to choose only one step in the getting ready process that I thought was the most important (appearance wise) it would be this one. Mascara just has that complete transformative power, ya know? It can bring you from looking dead to alive. *cue dramatic music* I haven’t found “the one” for me yet just yet but I’m confident that I will.

Right now I’m using¬†Pacifica Beauty Aquarian Gaze Water Resistant Mascara. ¬†This mascara is waterproof which is the only reason I’m not in love with it. Never in my history of buying mascara have I ever loved a waterproof mascara. WHY did I grab this dang waterproof mascara thinking it would be the game changer?! I second guessed myself that’s why.

Don’t get me wrong, this stuff is AMAZING for a waterproof mascara. It looks very good and stays on like a charm. I just don’t like waterproof formulas. Nor do I like having to work super hard to get it off my eyes at the end of the day.

But, because I think the quality is pretty good I’m going to get this one next time. Which is what I had originally picked up and walked to the counter with only to second guess myself and turn around. Dumb move. Next time I’m going to trust myself. Hopefully.


Need EXTRA glow? Here ya go, this is it. W3ll People’s highlighter stick. I get tons of compliments on how natural this highlighter looks. It’s a stick which was a first for me but turns out I love it way more than a powder and it stays on all day long. This highlighter is my FAVORITE W3ll People Product.

Anddd I just realized that this post has a lot of W3ll People!! Oops. I really like their products (if you can’t tell) and they have a lower price point than most non-toxic makeup brands.

You can buy this on Amazon but it’s cheaper at¬†Follain.


Gotta get that bronzed goddess vibe, amirite ladies?! Ere Perez Natural Rice Powder Blush & Bronzer duo in Roma¬†is my favorite to date. It’s not super shimmery and matches really well with my skin tone. You’ll be looking like summer all year round with this stuff! Plus it has sunflower seed oil in it that conditions your skin while you’re wearing it. Bonus points for makeup that makes your skin healthier!


Boy. I love this stuff. I really just wear it on special occasions because, for me, putting on eyeliner is a chore. Especially liquid eyeliner. If I did wear eyeliner on an everyday basis, it would be this one. It’s pretty easy to apply and it lasts all day which tends to be a concern for most natural eyeliners. But not this one!


I don’t wear eyeshadow at all, BUT I have some friends that do. So I asked them and they recommend these few:

Ere Perez Chamomile Eye Palette

RMS Quick Shadows

Honest company palette


I know making this switch can seem like a daunting one. It’s an investment for sure. An investment of not just money, but time and research as well. I suggest taking it slow. Once one of your products runs out, replace it with a new one. Balance is key, after all.

If you have any trouble picking things out, I suggest looking at Follain. They a non-toxic retailer that sells makeup and skincare. Also, some Target’s now have a “natural beauty” section in their cosmetic department. I also encourage you to research ingredients in the Think Dirty App so you can make well-informed decisions for yourself!

As always, I wish you the best. If you have any questions or just want to chat you can send me a message on the Contact page or send me a DM on Instagram.

xx, Harley