It only takes a handful of products to start creating complete and beautiful looks free of toxic ingredients. While shopping for my safe makeup starter kit, I looked for versatile basics that would help me create a natural daytime look or a more dramatic one for a romantic night out. To do that, I turned to buildable products that provide more pigment and coverage as you add more layers. And of course, any capsule makeup collection must include (a safe!) red lipstick.
With these products below, you can safely toss aside all your old, toxic makeup once and for all.
Ilia Femme Fatale
This rich lipstick will last hours. The matte texture blends into your lips giving a more natural look for those who may be lipstick shy.
e.l.f. Studio Cream Eyeliner
A cream liner that rivals more expensive options, like Bobbi Brown. Go super thin and stick to the lash line for a subtle look, or amp things up for an exaggerated cat eye.
RMS Beauty UN Cover-up
A creamy concealer that makes red spots and blemishes disappear into the background. You can layer it for more or less coverage.
Mineral Fusion Eye Shadow Trio – Fragile
This threesome will help you create a natural eye, the starting point of many makeup looks.
W3LL PEOPLE Expressionist Mascara
Safe mascara can be hit or miss. W3LL’s version goes on soft and won’t clump. The look is more natural than dramatic.
Mineral Fusion Liquid Foundation
A foundation that can go from light to medium coverage as you add more layers.
e.l.f. Flawless Eyeshadow, Golden Goddess
The only eye palette you need for a diverse set of looks. The neutral golden colors let you create a “no-makeup” beauty look perfect for warm summer days or a casual weekend brunch. Use the darker shade as an eye liner or for a more dramatic look. Each hue is labeled for either base, lid, crease, or liner. Follow along if you want a contoured look, or break the rules for something new.
RMS Beauty Lip2Cheek Beloved
You can use this rosy cream as blush or as a lip stain. The versatility and classic color make it a minimalist’s dream.