Cruelty-free beauty brands are more popular now than ever. Because seriously, why should our makeup routines hurt our furry friends? We’ve selected our favorite cruelty-free makeup products for a complete, year-round look that you can rock from home, the office, or during a night on the town.

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Smashbox The Original Photo Finish Smooth & Blur Primer

8 Cruelty-free Makeup Musts

If you have large pores or fine lines and hate the way your foundation melts by lunchtime, consider this primer. It’s lightweight and silky, and gives your face a more even texture while giving your liquid or powder foundation something to hang onto. This formula is free of fragrances, parabens, and talc, too! And as an added bonus, Smashbox even recommends you try a little in your hair to tame frizziness!

BareMinerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream

8 Cruelty-free Makeup Musts

Imagine a BB cream, CC cream, and a moisturizer combined. That’s this cruelty-free makeup product! It’s lightweight enough to wear alone but it can also be layered for more coverage in place of a foundation. The best part? It has SPF 30 so your beautiful face is always protected! 

FitCover Active Mineral Powder Foundation

8 Cruelty-free Makeup Musts

Rainy days and intense sweat sessions at the gym are no match for this 100% natural, Aussie-made, talc-free mineral foundation. It’s waterproof and sweatproof! It doubles as a concealer and has SPF 15. But wait, there’s more! The mica it contains gives skin a lasting, gorgeous glow.

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The Balm Bahama Mama Bronzer

8 Cruelty-free Makeup Musts

If the adorable retro pin-up girl packaging’s not enough, ticket to slightly sun-kissed and contoured. Add a little around your hairline and just beneath your cheekbones and blend for a little extra color. Life hack: Bronzers can help you balance out a foundation shade that’s a shade too light for your skin tone. You know, when you buy one foundation shade that just isn’t quite right? Yeah, we’ve all been there.

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Too Faced Sweethearts Blush

8 Cruelty-free Makeup Musts

Three shades in one? Yes, please! Blend all three colors or use them individually for a variety of looks. Inspired by stained glass, it’s like adding a piece of artwork to your makeup bag. With its peachy, pink charm, this baked blush formula breathes life back into those cheeks and blends wonderfully with bronzers and highlighters alike.

The Balm Mary Lou Manizer Highlighter

8 Cruelty-free Makeup Musts

This highlighter comes in a mirror compact, so you can pop on a bit of glow on the go! It provides a subtle, dewy finish to any look while not being over-the-top glittery. The champagne color works well with a variety of skin tones and is the perfect way to give your face more dimension and glow!

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e.l.f Instant Lift Brow Pencil

8 Cruelty-free Makeup Musts

This brand is incredibly affordable and available in pharmacies and makeup stores, unlike many cruelty-free makeup brands. This pencil comes with a brush on one end to help blend and tame those brows so they are always #onfleek. 

Too Faced Better than Sex Mascara

8 Cruelty-free Makeup Musts

OK, so we wouldn’t go that far but this stuff is good. It’s just not better. If you’re looking for a mascara that promises volume, length, curl, and conditioning look no further! This mascara comes equipped with a large, contoured brush that provides even coverage without the clumps. And when you’re ready to get some shut-eye, it’s easy to remove and doesn’t cause lash loss or damage.


Your makeup routine doesn’t have to take hours and lots of thought. With cruelty-free makeup from respected brands, you’ll feel good about what you’re wearing and that will shine through. Confidence is sexy, too. Rock it, girl.

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Amber is a Virginia girl turned expat living with her handsome hubby and three-year-old fur baby Gulliver in a quiet town in Yamaguchi, Japan. She earned an associate's degree in liberal arts and a bachelor's in English and has written everything from sketch comedy and screenplays to rhetorical arguments and poetry. She passed her level one sommelier exam in February 2018 through the Court of Master Sommeliers and loves learning about (tasting) new wines from all over the globe. She is now a full time virtual fitness coach at Tiny & Tenacious Fitness and mega foodie writing anything that comes to mind on her blog (mostly recipes) tinyandtenacioustypes.com. When she's not working out or writing, she can be found honing her snowboarding skills in Hiroshima, exploring hiking trails with her pup, or creating wild dishes in the kitchen with her hubs and a great bottle of Châteauneuf-du-Pape within reach.

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