Beauty blogger Kim Wallace shares her top clean makeup picks for spring
If juice bars and Unbakeries are any indication, the shift towards putting better-for-us foods into our bodies isn’t going anywhere. So it makes sense people are paying closer attention to what they put on their bodies, too. (Our skin is our largest organ, after all.) Cue the explosion of clean, natural makeup, skincare, and haircare products—with formulas and textures superior to the ones previously limited to the corner of the health-food store. Generally based around the idea of using ingredients that are not harmful to our health or the environment, these products have come a long way, but there’s some gray area too. While thousands of products are labeled “natural” or “pure,” there’s actually no regulation for them. The FDA bans or restricts just 11 chemicals from cosmetics, while the European Union bans over 1,300. The Cosmetics Modernization Amendment, which aims to help change that, was reintroduced to Congress in January. In the meantime, Kansas City-based lifestyle and natural beauty blogger Kim Wallace has done her homework—reading ingredient labels and testing products to find those that are both healthy and really perform. There’s a mountain of information and cool brands out there.
1. Jane Iredale Glow Time BB Cream $48
“This BB cream is full coverage, but simple to sheer out for lighter coverage on good skin days. The texture is slippery and easy to apply without feeling caked-on or heavy. Plus, it has SPF!”
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2. Kosas Cosmetics Lipsticks $24
“This lovely lipstick yields even, opaque color in one swipe. Really.”
3. RMS Buriti Bronzer $28
“It’s hard to apply too much of this thanks to its more sheer color and supreme spread-ability. I like tapping a little under my cheekbones for some lift.”
4. Maya Chia Highlight of the Day $42
“This is clean beauty’s answer to the highlighting and strobing trend. Mix a few drops into your foundation or moisturizer for a lit-from-within glow.”
5. W3ll People Universalist Multi-Use Cream $24
“I love multitasking products, especially for travel. These double as lip and cheek colors, and depending on the shade, can even provide a little eye-shadow color. A savior for the minimalist.”