It takes courage to pull off a red lip, I’ll admit that. I tend to go for nudes during the day but who doesn’t love a red lip? Most importantly, who doesn’t love a beautiful red lip that is also vegan and cruelty-free? Compassion is sexy and today I want to talk about 5 Vegan Red Lipsticks that you should absolutely know about. Whether you’re getting ready for Valetine’s or Galentine’s, today we’re talking beeswax & carmine-free lipsticks to give you confidence and help you stand what you believe in!
Why Vegan Lipsticks?
Beeswax, found in some lipsticks and other cosmetics, is obtained by melting a honeycomb with boiling water and then straining and cooling it. A product will be vegan if they use Candelila Wax instead of beeswax. This moisture-locking botanical wax warms to a creamy texture and helps keep any colour in place without the need of harming any bees! For more information on this topic, click here and read PETA’s report on the honey industry here.
Carmine is commonly found in red lipsticks and blushes. It is made from crushing female cochineal beetles, and it reportedly takes 70,000 dead insects to make one pound (or 500g) of red dye. It has been produced for many years for it’s pigmentation, but nowadays it’s unnecessary to smear dead bugs on your face or lips! There are some lovely plant-based alternatives around that will make sure to keep your lips nice and red without any of the cruelty.
For more information on carmine, click here.
I was contacted by the lovely Jana at Florissana, who owns her own vegan beauty shop that you should check out here! This lipstick/crayon has been a complete revelation to me and I would advise you to get it – right now! Made with only natural and organic ingredients, this lipstick is long-lasting, hydrating and has the most beautiful red colour for any skin tone.Infused with the healing organic oils of sunflower seed and coconut, this ultra-nourishing Lipstick Crayon can be drawn on, making it easy to precisely line and fill the lips. I am wearing it in the picture down below:
Also available on Florissana, this lipstick has a buildable formula that moisturises your lips with the most amazing plant-based and natural extracts. It has a lightweight consistency, but all you need is a brush and build it up! This has been made to last and I love that it’s also beeswax and carmine-free. This lip colour ‘Aux Rouge’ has the intention of making the classic statement of strength, sensuality, and make your own feminine signature.
This lipstick by famous American animal rights activist and vegan make up artist Kat Von D, is probably the most unbelievably pigmented lipstick I’ve tried in my life! If staying power is your concern, then by all means this is your lipstick. Completely vegan and cruelty-free, the Studded Kiss collection is features monochromatic black studded packaging and a new formula that will promise staying power and no smudginess whatsoever. Win!
A very affordable alternative, this Tropic Skincare lipstick is made with natural and organic ingredients (camellia, jojoba, avocado and argan oils) that will moisturise your lips during the day. The staying power is not as strong and the ones mentioned above, but it’s still a lovely alternative for an easy red lip that will also moisturise, nourish and condition your lips while giving a burst of vibrant colour.
An easy peasy and vegan lipstick for the win! The cheapest one amongst all of these but also probably a very good option for those on a budget. This lipstick can also be found in big health food shops like Planet Organic and Whole Foods. This brand is completely vegan and has been around for over 20 years. This lipstick is very comfortable to wear and is also highly pigmented. Not only are all their lipsticks free of synthetic chemicals and heavy metals, but they’re a nourishing treat for your lips because they’re packed with hydrating and soothing oils too!
If you’d like to read more about why I choose toxic-free makeup, then click over here to read my post on 5 Toxic Ingredients To Ditch Now!
Florissana have also been kind enough to offer my readers a 10% discount code which you can use on their website to get the Ilia and Gressa Skin lipsticks! Code is ‘CANGASQUAD‘ and I hope you will also see the rest of their beautiful vegan things on their website.
And you? Do you have any other favourite red vegan lipsticks? Are you planning on wearing some on the 14th? Looking forward to reading your comments!