Sharing my top three cruelty free eye makeup products today. I did this post a little different because of all of the color cosmetics I own my eye makeup + lip collection are running neck + neck. So I decided to share my favorite types of eye makeup products to use rather than just narrowing down a specific product by a specific brand. I have tons of pots, palettes, liners + my mascaras rotate out like clockwork so making such a permanent choice on just three little products would actually make me very sad + make this post more like work instead of a fun hobby that I happen to take very seriously.
So I’ll go a little backwards + share some of my favorite brands first…
Gabriel Cosmetics – love their mascara for “every day” use.
Prestige Cosmetics – they have some crazy good eye liners + shadows
Coastal Scents – amazing eye shadow pots
Wet N Wild – love their color icon palettes (they’ve gotten super colorful + pigmented)
Pacifica – more mascara that I love to wear
Their are a host of others…Modern Minerals, Lily Lolo, Shea Moisture, OCC, Ofra, Butter London…the list can go on but I gravitate toward the same few types of product formulas. My daily dos are mascara + eye shadow but as long as I haven’t misplaced it I will always throw in a deep chocolate liner on my lower lash line to play up the almond shape of my eyes. I need to buy a couple more for the days I can’t find it. It works wonders without giving me an “over made-up” look, we all know there is such a thing. Black liners are where I draw the line on that front. I won’t wear any black liner unless the hour is growing late but even sometimes then it can give an aging look rather than accentuate since it can make tired eyes more prominent to every and any onlookers.
So moving on here are some of my top three favorite eye makeup products
I love it in (mostly) all shades. I stay away from reds + only recently figured out how to use yellow on my already warm skin tone but I’ve learned from watching others + a little helpful feedback from my husband that less is really more. So (what works best for me) I never go up to my brow bone, like ever, with eye shadow or really any other eye makeup product. Some times a light-handed swipe of face powder or bronzer works best but in most cases just above my crease is where I stop playing with color. I use darker colors to line my upper lash line, frosted shades for either corner of my eyes + brights for the outer corners of my eyes. I mostly use bronze, gold + golden brown shades in the crease. It’s my makeup formula for my eyes that I don’t deviate from too often because it works so well for me.
I also stick with palettes that offer more complimenting colors, like this palette from Hard Candy, than not otherwise it will end up in the back of a drawer some where completely forgotten. I recently purged about 30 pounds worth of eye shadow, palettes included, because no matter how pretty the colors they just weren’t for me + I never used them. My husband raised a brow when he saw piles upon piles being tossed. He wanted to know where we had space to store it all!
Gel/Cream Liners + Shadows…
At some point in my recent past cream shadows + gel liners have been the bane of my existence. I have oily skin, including my eye lids, which is great for avoiding wrinkles but terrible for holding on to some makeup formula types. I found a few good primers though, you know, ones that don’t leave a white film, crumble after applying or make me breakout + now on occasion (read: when I have an extra 10 minutes) I will use a gel liner or cream shadow for a little more eye drama.
There’s no real art to using a pencil liner provided that it has been freshly sharpened + the liner itself is of good quality. A steady + light hand also go a long way so it’s no surprise that they are one of my most used + purchased eye makeup products. As cruelty free brands come + go I end up tossing some + finding morally sound replacements but I spare no color. I love everything from the whitest of whites to the deepest + darkest blacks. They serve so many versatile makeup needs + have better staying power than eye shadows.
When I first started wearing blue shades of eye liner turquoise was my favorite color. Using black liner was rather difficult seeing as how my eyes already had a dramatic shape to them adding dark shades actually made me look old. Now I play with colors at the inner + outer corners of my upper + lower lash lines, I save black for accentuating just the outer lower + upper lash lines (kind of gives my mascara some muscle) + the chocolate shade is for everyday use + it’s my favorite overall.
I’d love to hear about your favorite cruelty free eye favorites or even lend a hand finding a cruelty free replacement for a non cruelty free product you’re currently using. Let’s discuss!