There are a lot of trends in the beauty industry and some have more lasting power than others. One of the latest movements that is definitely here to stay is cruelty-free and vegan makeup. These are high-performing skincare and beauty products that are free from animal testing and animal-derived ingredients.

If you’re thinking about ditching your standard makeup products for cruelty-free substitutes, it might feel overwhelming trying to decide which products are worth the investment. Follow this guide to kick-start your cruelty-free cosmetics starter kit.

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Base

Like any good project, the best place to start is at the beginning. A high-quality base cream serves so many purposes—everything from moisturizing to color-correcting to sun protection to concealing—it’s worth the investment.

Look for products formulated with vitamin C, vitamin E, and flax seed extract to help control oil and shine while adding powerful antioxidants and nutrients. A light, tinted moisturizer will brighten and revive while protecting from harmful UVA and UVB rays.

Brightener

Make your eyes and brows pop with a light-diffusing brightener. Applied lightly to the brow bone, under-eye, waterline, and corners of the eye, a high-quality brightener will accentuate your most prominent features from every angle.

Products formulated with hydrating mango seed oil and nourishing meadow foam seed oil will provide a lift around the eyes and brows and reduce the appearance of fine lines.

Blush

A cruelty-free weightless blush is a great way to define your best features. A quick swirl and swipe on your cheeks can help get that enviable cheekbone glow with a flattering touch of color. Blush formulated with sodium hyaluronate and vitamin B5 will help hydrate and plump the skin, giving you prominent cheekbones that pop from every angle.

Mascara

Long, luscious lashes are the style du jour, and no cruelty free cosmetics kit would be complete without a tube of lengthening mascara. When formulated with vegan ingredients and free of parabens and sulfates, mascara can add depth and definition to your face and help show off your best features. Lichen, plant extract, and B5 vitamins will help rejuvenate lashes while adding a dramatic pop of color.

Blending Sponge

Rounding out the list of must-have vegan cosmetics is a soft, water-activated blending sponge. This may not seem like a “must-have,” but it’s the easiest and fastest way to get a blended, airbrushed look without purchasing a small arsenal of brushes. Use this sponge to lightly blend your highlighter and base cream to avoid that unnatural delineation of color. Or use a slightly damp sponge to apply your powder for a soft, dewy finish.

A soft angled sponge will help you blend those hard to reach areas and give you a precise airbrushed look. You can also use a blending sponge to press and contour your makeup for an ultra-glamorous look.

Cruelty-free and vegan cosmetics are better for you, your makeup routine, animals, and the environment. With a little extra research, you can build your makeup kit with safe, high-quality products, and enjoy the extra bit of comfort that no animals were harmed in the process.

About Thrive Causemetics

Thrive Causemetics creates vegan, 100% cruelty-free cosmetics without parabens or sulfates. Their high-performing products are developed at the Thrive Lab in Los Angeles to ensure each product meets Thrive Causemetics’ strict standards of health and quality. A beauty brand and philosophy that beauty goes beyond skin deep, for every product purchased one is donated to help a woman thrive. From their brightening face mask to their quality bronzers, mascara, and highlighters, Thrive Causemetics creates products that empower women.

To browse high-performance cosmetics, go to Thrivecausemetics.com