Cruelty-Free Makeup Must-Haves | #MyVeganDiary

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Cruelty-Free Makeup Must-Haves | #MyVeganDiary

Anastasia Brow Wiz ($21)

Cruelty-Free Makeup Must-Haves | #MyVeganDiary

Kat Von D Tattoo Liner ($20)

Cruelty-Free Makeup Must-Haves | #MyVeganDiary

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette ($62)

Cruelty-Free Makeup Must-Haves | #MyVeganDiary

Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara ($23)

Cruelty-Free Makeup Must-Haves | #MyVeganDiary

Josie Maran Pure Argan Oil ($48)

Cruelty-Free Makeup Must-Haves | #MyVeganDiary

Orly Nail Polish ($8)

Cruelty-Free Makeup Must-Haves | #MyVeganDiary

Ardell Natural Lashes ($4)

Cruelty-Free Makeup Must-Haves | #MyVeganDiary

Pixi Glow Tonic ($15)

Cruelty-Free Makeup Must-Haves | #MyVeganDiary

Colourpop Lippie Stix ($5)

Cruelty-Free Makeup Must-Haves | #MyVeganDiary

theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer ($14)

Switching to cruelty-free makeup isn’t as big of a change as you’d think. It really isn’t. I had a hard time in the beginning of my vegan journey because I love makeup, so I was scared I would have to give it up. I even debated making a “makeup exception” for my vegan self. But then I took a step back, reminded myself why I became vegan in the first place, and decided I needed to at least try changing my makeup habits before deciding it wasn’t for me.

At first, I thought there had to be at least one acceptable brand. Boy was I wrong. It turns out there are a ton. Many of the brands we all use and love are actually cruelty free to begin with.

There are brands that are known for being vegan- and cruelty-free like Kat Von D (she’s vegan!), but it’s hard to remember the huge and ever-changing list. That’s why “Is ____ cruelty-free” is definitely my most Googled question and I’m assuming you do it too if you’re on the vegan life course.

Luckily, in my constant searches I found Cruelty-Free Kitty’s guide of cruelty-free and vegan brands, which is a great and constantly updated reference.

Now that you know there are tons of high end and affordable cruelty-free options. Click through the gallery to see some of my favorites!

What are your favorite vegan and cruelty-free makeup products? Let us know in the comments below?

Welcome to #MyVeganDiary, a series focused on living a vegan lifestyle. Follow along for Mixed Makeup producer Carly Rivlin’s cruelty-free tips on everything from beauty and skincare to recipes and more.