If you think about what makeup look to choose for Christmas, I bet the first thing that comes to your mind will be a bold red lipstick. The festive season comes hand in hand with the colour red so no wonder, that this time of the year this makeup item is the most popular (next to glittery eyeshadows for New Year’s Eve celebrations). But did you know that there are a lot of nasties in a “traditional” red lipstick? To avoid toxins I picked up the 5 best organic alternatives so you can have not only beautiful but also healthy red lips for Christmas.
Before I changed my lifestyle and opted for a healthier and greener living, I was a makeup artist who used all the most hyped brands, bathed in over perfumed shower products, and had those Starbucks lattes in their “cute” paper cups like there’s no tomorrow. But as you know in 2014 a lot has changed, and I slowly transitioned, to the green girl I am now. However one products stayed in my makeup case longer than it should; MAC’s legendary red lipstick Ruby Woo. This lipstick was my ultimate weapon I used several times a week, I thought it’s the perfect shade, finish and texture…but it was hard to ignore that it’s full with stuff you shouldn’t put close to your mouth at all (read more about the ingredients in lipsticks that can cause irritation, and a lot more here). So I started to search for healthier alternatives, and I was honestly surprised how “well prepared” the green beauty market on this front.
Nopal is a vibrant ruby shade, perfect to grab everyone’s attention at the office christmas party this year. It’s formulated with fruit pigments, Vitamin E, cocoa and shea butters so it’s guaranteed that your lips going to stay hydrated and never dry when wearing this.
This is my current favourite, and that’s what I’m going to wear under the Christmas tree. It’s a super intense, natural lipstick, that’s full with nourishing oils, and lacks all the bad stuff like silicone, heavy metals, D&C Red Dye No. 21 and parabens.
A wonderful dark red shade with a sophisticated velvety matte finish. It’s for divas, who love a bit of drama, but also taking care of their environment, cause this little lipstick comes with a refillable bamboo case, and it’s also vegan (so no carmine, or testing on animals at all).
It’s a certified organic lipstick with all the benefits of added Vitamin A and E and Aloe Vera. Nourishes and gives your pout the perfect colour for the holidays.
If you live in Europe and have the Drogerie Markt chain in your country, you are in for a lucky treat. This little lipstick is not only a much healthier alternative to any conventional red lipstick, but it’s also really gentle on your pockets (because Alverde is a very affordable natural cosmetics brand). So if you are only an occasional red lipstick user, I suggest you choose this intensely pigmented product for the holidays.
Are you a fan of red lipsticks? Which brand are you using at the moment?