Drugstore Makeup that Gets a Safe Rating on EWG

So you want to use only nontoxic makeup. That may require a total makeup bag revamp, which can cost a pretty penny. Luckily, safe makeup products are hiding in plain sight at your local drugstore. Using the Skin Deep Database from the Environmental Working Group (EWG), I’ve found plenty of drugstore makeup that comes with a “low hazard” label from the group that monitors the safety of consumer products. Here are some of my favorite EWG drugstore makeup picks that get either a 1 or 2 safe ranking:


Maybelline has a wide range of products that get a 1 or 2 on EWG, especially compared to other drugstore brands. I especially enjoy:

Related: The Best Safe Drugstore Eye Creams


A good number of L’Oreal face and eye products get 1 or 2 on EWG. Here are some worth checking out:


Revlon has a bunch of lip products that score a 1 or 2 on EWG. Here are some of those, as well as a face product to try:

Cover Girl

Cover Girl has fewer products ranking “low hazard” on EWG, but the ones that do, work well. Like these:

Physicians Formula

Physicians Formula’s bronzers and foundations rank well on EWG. I like this one:

  • Physicians Formula Bronze Booster: goes from subtle to more impact depending on how much you apply, which helps transition other face products from season to season.


While I wish more of their products were safe, I’m a fan of this eye shadow stick:


Many of e.l.f. products are safe and extremely affordable. If you were going to start with one, check this out:

Wet n Wild

Wet n Wild typically provides more pigment than your average drugstore brand. I like this contour palette:

Burt’s Bees

Burt’s Bees isn’t all safe, but this product checks out on EWG:

You can either pick up these products at your local drugstore, or click on the links to buy them on Amazon.


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