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How To Transition To Cruelty-Free And Vegan Beauty

How To Transition To Cruelty-Free And Vegan Beauty

Over the years, the cruelty-free and vegan beauty worlds have grown, and more brands are now emphasizing their cruelty-free and/or vegan stance.

Despite this, there are so many products out there that contain animal products or are created by brands that still testing on animals.

Because of this, beauty shopping can be overwhelming at times, and you might be thinking, “What should I do? How do I carefully select beauty products that are cruelty-free and vegan?” You may have decided that you want to switch to cruelty-free and vegan products (in that case, good choice!) But you might be feeling unsure about how to proceed.

Well, this guide will help you. Switching to cruelty-free and vegan beauty products is a lot easier than you might think. Here are our top tips on transitioning to cruelty-free and vegan beauty.

Understand the definitions

Cruelty-free and vegan are terms that don’t mean the same thing. Having said that, many cruelty-free products are vegan too.

Anyway, a cruelty-free beauty product is an item that has not been tested at all throughout the production and manufacturing process. A vegan beauty product is an item that contains no animal ingredients.

Start small

Switching to cruelty-free and vegan beauty is a process, so take it step by step and take your time. Don’t expect to be cruelty-free and vegan overnight. However, keep up the work and stay consistent so that you can transition quickly.

Do your research

Knowledge is power and Google is your friend, so utilise these resources. Read up articles, blog posts and guides for more information. Consume content – i.e. watch YouTube videos – that focus on cruelty-free and vegan beauty. Research brand with this stance. It’s so easy to find the facts and expand your expertise.

Use up what you have or donate

If you have non-cruelty-free and non-vegan beauty products, don’t throw them away. Yes, you are transitioning and you might want to dispose of those items, but it’s better to use them up or give them away instead of allowing them to go to waste. Once you’ve used up these products, replace them with a cruelty-free and/or vegan alternative.

Check the labels and look out for the logos

When shopping for cruelty-free beauty, you should look out for the Leaping Bunny logo. When shopping for vegan beauty, you should look out for the Vegan Society logo.

Vicky Ly, Creator of Ethical Elephant, provides a detailed explanation about cruelty-free and vegan logos.

 Look out for animal ingredients

When shopping for vegan products, look out for animal ingredients such as collagen, beeswax, carmine, keratin, lanolin, squalane and guanine.

Join online communities

There are websites and social media accounts that are dedicated to sharing reviews and recommendations on cruelty-free and vegan beauty products and brands. Join them, get involved and interact with other like-minded users.

Switch to dupes

There are beauty products that you may love but are not cruelty-free or vegan. This might be disappointing but you can find dupes or similarities. For example, if you see a bold red lipstick that’s sold by a brand that’s not cruelty-free, but you find a cruelty-free beauty brand that sells a similar shade of lipstick.

Switch up your essentials

It’s good that you’ve chosen to make the choice to transition into cruelty-free and vegan makeup and skincare, but don’t forget your essentials too. Start buying cruelty-free essentials such as toothpaste, mouthwash, shampoo, conditioner, body wash and body cream.

Check your makeup tools

Your tools for makeup application should be cruelty-free and vegan, so update your collection with items such as makeup brushes and beauty blenders.

Be conscious when shopping

Don’t make impulsive purchases! Think before you shop. Shopping for ethical (and eco-friendly) beauty products means being mindful of what you’re buying and what you’re applying on your body.

If you follow these tips then you can be sure to successfully go down the wonderful path of cruelty-free and vegan beauty. Most of all, have fun! Switching to cruelty-free and vegan beauty should be enjoyable.

Chichi is a freelance beauty writer from London, UK. She is the founder and editor of The Cosmetic Notebook, a cruelty-free, vegan and natural makeup blog.

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How to apply foundation with the Nanshy Flat Top Buffer Brush?

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Hello beauties! Today I’m going to be quickly talking you through how to apply foundation with the Nanshy flat top buffer brush. Of all the brushes I’ve applied my base with, The flat top brush is by far the easiest, and gives the most beautiful airbrushed finish.

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4 simple steps how to apply foundation

1. Cleanse & Prime your face. This step is crucial, because you will get a better result and It will be more long wearing. Apply concealer to any blemishes/imperfections and blend out. I then pump a little foundation out onto the back of my hand, this way you have more control and don’t put too much product on your face. You can just build it up to the finish and coverage you desire.

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2. Tap your Flat Top Brush lightly into the foundation and begin working it into the center of your face, blending outwards towards your hairline in circular motions. I usually start on forehead and work my way down.

3. With any leftover product on the brush, blend around the Jaw line and slightly down your neck. This just avoids any unwanted ‘tide marks’.  Especially if you are as fair as I am! If you need to build up a little more coverage, Just repeat step 2 & 3.

4. Go in and finish off the rest of your makeup. Then, Set the foundation with your setting powder of choice. I really like to use a foundation brush and gently press the powder into the skin. It sets everything beautifully without disturbing your hard work underneath.

Nanshy Flat Top Buffer Brush

The Nanshy Flat Top Buffer Brush picks up the perfect amount of product, unlike a lot of brushes that soak up liquid products. The flat top with super soft bristles is excellent for moulding to your face’s natural structure, giving you a consistent blended finish.

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We hope this tutorial will be helpful to you. If you have different way how to apply foundation please share in your comment below.

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Applying foundation with a brush for a flawless base

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As a complete and utter makeup addict I thought I’d share some of my top tips for applying foundation with a brush.
For me, foundation is all about achieving a natural look – whilst foundation is meant to cover imperfections, it isn’t meant to hide your skin completely, which is why I love applying foundation with a brush.

pointed makeup brush The brush used in this instance is the pointed buffing brush, which is perfect for buffing in foundation completely including the under eye area and the nose. The tapered shape of the brush allows you to fully buff the foundation into all areas of the face providing an even coverage. When it comes to foundation, less is more so it’s best to start with a small amount and then build it to a coverage you feel comfortable with. I use this brush daily with either a full coverage foundation when I need to hide my imperfections quickly and easily or with a CC cream for lighter coverage – it works lovely for both.

With it’s easy to hold handle, dense bristles and super soft hairs it allows the foundation to really sink into the skin without appearing to build up into a visible layer. So how do I achieve a flawless base with brushes?

Firstly I like to start by applying the amount of foundation I need to my hand, this makes sure that I don’t use too much! I usually use one to two pumps of foundation depending on the formula, but you can always add more or less to suit you. Next I tend to use my fingers to dot the foundation onto the areas of my skin, usually the nose, cheeks forehead and chin with one dot each. This helps to evenly spread the foundation to begin with, ensuring all areas that need coverage are covered. To begin with I work from the centre of the face (the nose) and take the foundation outwards, this helps to give an even finish and allows you to work the product right the way to your hairline and down to the neck to make sure you have an even coverage and no visible lines. The fourth and final step is to work on blending the product into your skin, this helps it to last longer and look more natural.

round makeup brushI love that applying my makeup with a buffing foundation brush allows for a smooth and even coverage that really lasts on the skin. I find coverage to be fuller using a brush yet not at all overpowering. My second favourite brush to apply my foundation with is the round top buffing brush.

You can view these brushes in the video by Frankie Dare[@MissFDMakeup] below:

Is this how you do it? Have you got different way of applying foundation with a brush? Share your comments and ideas below.

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[Interview] Da Vinci’s Demons Make-Up Artist Maria Bradley


Tell us a little about yourself?

 I am based in Kent, UK and upon leaving school I went straight into modelling while studying Graphic Design. I modelling from fashion to artistic nude, I really enjoy modelling and it was while modelling I found my love for makeup and special effects makeup. Also after getting so many bad images of my makeup work I decided to pick up a 550d Canon camera and follow in my father footsteps and became a photographer as well. 

Model Kerri Fraser Makeup Maria Bradley Photographer Maria Bradley
Model Kerri Fraser
Makeup Maria Bradley
Photographer Maria Bradley

Did you always want to be a makeup artist?

No. When I was still in school I wanted to join the Army, in fact I wanted to be a dentist in the Army. However… I was on a weekend camp with the Army cadets and broke my knee cap when I was 15 years old therefor was told I wouldn’t make it through basic training. My heart was broken. 

What was your first makeup job?

It was when I was still modelling. I was booked for a glamour modelling photoshoot with two other girls and the makeup artist didn’t turn up. (Which I need to thank her for as I may not be where I am today if she had turned up. So thank you) The photographer liked how I had done my own makeup so asked me to do the other girls for the shoot. After that I was booked as the makeup artist which also kick started my makeup career.

Can you tell us about a memorable moment you had while doing makeup? 

My most memorable moment has to be my job on the TV set of Da Vincis Demons Season 2. (A massive thanks to Simon Mahoney for introducing me to head makeup artist Jackie Fowler and a massive thank you to Jackie Fowler for giving me the opportunity) 

After a nervous 4 hour drive I arrived on set for my first night shift. It was quite surreal being there as I was a fan of the first series, it was like being in a dream. It was freezing and raining heavy all night. All us makeup artist were huddled around the monitors watching the filming looking for makeup touch ups. Then the director would shout CUT! And we all would jump up and run on set to do our touch ups then headed back to huddle around the monitors. Amazing buzz! 

One night several of us took it in turns to untangle Julia Townend hair haha… After a night out she had back combed her hair in to a Amy Winehouse beehive but it was a little over back combed. To this day her hair is always brought up. So many great people to mention so many laughs and funny times on my time there.

What are some of the challenges facing men/women in the makeup industry?

The challenges in this industry is to get a makeup job in the first place. It’s very cut throat and there are times you want to give up but you have to stay strong and believe in yourself and keep knocking on them doors and one day one will open.

What does it take to be successful in your industry?

Keeping up to date with new technics and new looks. Always try new products and practise all the time. Being prepared to work hard to get work, some people seem to think work will land on their lap but sadly it doesn’t. Patients and persistence goes a long way in this industry.

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Model Bradley Loader
Makeup Maria Bradley
Photography Maria Bradley


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[Interview] Red Carpet Makeup Artist Buster Knight

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Freelance Make-Up Artist Buster Knight – Profile (scroll down for the VIDEO!!!)

Tell us a little about yourself?

My name is Buster Knight, I am a freelance make up artist working mainly on red carpet/editorial and commercial projects.

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Did you always want to be a makeup artist?

Since I was 18. I’ve always been interested in art and have always wanted to expand my hobbies.

What was your first makeup job?

I worked for Laura Mercier on a counter in a department store. It was such a great learning experience as it taught me so much about different skin types and tones. I loved the challenge and it made me the artist I am today.

Can you tell us about a memorable moment you had while doing makeup?

Chloe Jasmine and I are always always laughing and a memorable moment
was recently we couldn’t stop laughing for about ten minutes. Every
time I went to apply her lipstick we laughed even harder. Not sure the
studio was happy being held up :-/chloe jazmine

What are some of the challenges facing men/women in the makeup industry?

I find people have an image in their mind of how they want to look, and I have to try and translate that onto their faces. This can be difficult as someone’s idea of a “smokey” eye can be different to mine and so I’ve learned that conversation is key and you can never have enough reference To work from.

What does it take to be successful in your industry?

Hard work. Determination . I am not just an artist, I am my own PR, PA, agent, manager and so this job takes a lot of patience and positivity, but I wouldn’t have it any other way!

What are you favourite cosmetics and what makeup brushes do you currently use?

My favourite product of the minute is Scott Barnes Body Bling. I use it all over the body including the face to give a Hollywood glow.
I love Nanshy brushes, they effortlessly blend anything into the skin flawlessly and are a dream to clean.
They also look amazing and I get complimented on them constantly. A real must have for any working make up artist.

[Watch]Buster Knight making Binky’s Felstead lips look fuller:

Buster Knight
Freelance Make Up Artist
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•Tel – 07979194140
•Social – @busterknight