Though nobody can say that the holidays are lacking in whimsy, it can be argued that finding vegan, cruelty-free holiday makeup isn't such a venture. Part of being vegan is accepting that you are going to spend a lot of time Googling your purchases until you discover which brands fit your ideals. Fortunately, with the power of the internet at our fingertips, being vegan is easier now than ever. There are apps that tell you whether a product is cruelty-free after you scan a barcode. (Something I learned while writing this article: cruelty-free and vegan mean two different things.) Plus, there's an entire online community of vegan or cruelty-free beauty bloggers who have done all the ingredient-sifting legwork for you, allowing vegans to breezily pick up their pick of products at their local beauty emporium, rather than spend an hour mining through the subatomic-sized print of ingredient lists.
So, whether you're a vegan or you're scratching your head at what to buy for a vegan friend or family member this season, don't sweat it: there are plenty of festive options. Here are the top vegan makeup products perfect for creating a glitter-tastic holiday look.
1. OCC Cosmetics Black Metal Dahlia
Lip Tar RTW in Black Metal Dahlia, $15, occmakeup.com
It's no secret: red lipstick is the perfect accessory for the holidays. All of Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics' products are cruelty-free and vegan, so pick this glittery-red shade up ASAP.
2. Jeffree Star Cosmetics Liquid Lipsticks
Blue Velvet Liquid Lipstick, $18, jeffreestarcosmetics.com
According to the FAQ, Jeffree Star's entire product line is cruelty-free, and their liquid lipsticks are entirely vegan. Also, who said all holiday looks have to be red, green, gold, or silver? Go for the blue lipstick. Jack Frost would approve.
3. Black Dahlia Lacquer Nail Polishes
Black Dahlia Lacquer in Silver Lotus, $10.75, blackdahlialacquer.com
Based in Austin, Texas, Black Dahlia Lacquer is vegan and cruelty-free. Also, this polish is obviously snow masquerading as micro glitter.
4. Lime Crime Glitter Helper
Lime Crime Glitter Helper, $5, limecrime.com
While Lime Crime has certainly seen its share of controversy, its products are listed as Leaping Bunny certified. If you do choose to purchase their products, their glitter helper is guaranteed to hold your glitter in place. Which brings us to...
5. OCC Cosmetics Cosmetic Glitters
OCC Cosmetics Cosmetic Glitters in Bright Yellow-Gold, $14, occmakeup.com
While glitter is a pain in the ass, its sparkle cannot be beat. But when used in conjunction with Glitter Helper, that stuff ain't going nowhere.
6. Zoya Nail Polishes
Zoya Ivanka Nail Lacquer, $9, zoya.com
With this polish your nails will become cruelty-free, vegan little fir trees.
7. Urban Decay Heavy Metal Glitter Liner
Urban Decay Heavy Metal Glitter Eyeliner in Glam Rock, $20, urbandecay.com
On its website, Urban Decay states that their products are cruelty-free, and their Heavy Metal Glitter liners are entirely vegan.
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