If you’re pregnant, you should avoid cosmetics that contain endocrine disruptors like parabens and phthalates. These chemicals can interfere with your body’s normal hormone functions and possibly cause problems for the fetus growing inside of you. Issues could include low birth weight, or cancer and reproductive problems as your baby grows into an adult. I think most moms-to-be would agree makeup is not worth the risk. The good news: it’s actually not that hard or expensive to make a switch, since pregnancy safe drugstore makeup exists.
My own pregnancy encouraged me to research the ingredients in my favorite makeup. Below are some of my favorite pregnancy safe drugstore makeup items that get a low-hazard score from the Environmental Working Group (EWG). You can also find many of them on Amazon (links included below). If you want to learn more about what is safe, see a full list of makeup ingredients to avoid when pregnant here.
Cover Girl Ink It! By Perfect Point Plus Waterproof Eyeliner gives a deep color and can sharpen itself.
e.l.f. Studio Cream Eyeliner works just like Bobbi Brown’s cream eyeliner.
e.l.f. Flawless Eyeshadow creates a warm, neutral look.
Milani Brow Shaping Clear Gel keeps your brows in place.
Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips All-in-1 Custom Nude Palette is a shimmery highlighter (without glitter) for eyes or face.
Maybelline New York Lip Studio Lip Color Palette lets you mix and match eight shades.
Revlon ColorBurst Lip Matte Balm will give you a boost of drama without drying out your lips.
Burt’s Bees Lip Shimmer finishes your look by enhancing your natural lip color.
COVERGIRL Queen Jumbo Gloss Balm Sugar Plum is moisturizing and glossy.
Maybelline Fit Me! Matte + Poreless Powder sits nicely on top of other makeup.
Maybelline Dream Velvet Soft Matte Hydrating Foundation has a mousse-like texture that provides even coverage.
L’Oreal Paris True Match Lumi Cushion Buildable Luminous Foundation will give you a dewy finish.
Revlon PhotoReady Concealer Makeup is easy to use and will cover dark under-eye circles.
Physicians Formula Bronze Booster goes from subtle to more impact depending on how much you apply.