My Sustainable and Clean Makeup Capsule Kit for Minimalists

The truly minimalist version of my makeup capsule kit: concealer, eyelash curler, and lip & cheek tint. Good for travel.

When I was a teenager, I used to buy crazy makeup all the time: purple and green eye shadows, dark matte lipsticks, coloured mascaras, and sticky lip glosses in fluorescent pinks. I rarely wore them, but I liked looking at all the pretty packaging sitting on my bathroom counter.

Now that I’ve grown up a bit (just ignore my extremely immature sense of humour if you ever meet me) and stopped buying what I don’t use, I’ve made peace with the fact that I’ll always prefer the no-makeup makeup look. Call me boring, but at least it only takes me a minute to get ready in the mornings.

At the minimum, I’ll swipe on some tinted lip balm before I’m out the door, but usually I’ll add concealer and blush, and I like to curl my lashes but wear no mascara.

When I’m feeling inspired or going out, I’ll wear a bolder lipstick, eyeliner, mascara, and maybe even eyeshadow.

We all know about capsule wardrobes, so when I heard about makeup capsule collections, I realized I have one. I’ve used some of the same natural, non-toxic products recommended below for years.

1. Jane Iredale PurePressed Base Mineral Foundation SPF 20 – I’ve been using this mineral foundation since I was 16, and I always go back to it. It’s pressed so it doesn’t make a mess like the loose mineral powders. I just pop a new refill in the metal rose gold compact when I run out. This gives you light coverage, or you can build it for medium coverage.

My current pan is lasting me a really long time because I’ve been skipping foundation on most days. I’ve been taking good care of my skin (see my daily skincare routine), so I’m fine with going out with just a bit of concealer. I never use liquid foundation because it’s not great for my pores, and I become a shiny mess after a few hours of wear anyway.

2. Jane Iredale Handi Brush – I use this vegan brush to apply the PurePressed powder. It can also be used to apply bronzers.

3. RMS Beauty “Un” Cover-Up Concealer – A coconut oil based concealer that I apply with my ring finger.

4. Tweezerman ProLash Curler – This eyelash curler works well with my eye shape, which is round at the top. In recent years, I had the hardest time finding refill pads. Companies now recommend buying a new curler ever six months so they’re not selling refill pads anymore. What crap! This curler is metal and has no springs, so it’ll keep working just fine. I was able to find quality refills from Shiseido, who also makes great eyelash curlers. They just don’t suit my eye shape. If your eyes are more flat at the top than round, the Shiseido eyelash curler might work better for you.

5. Hynt Beauty Eye Liner – A smooth black or brown eyeliner that I can quickly smudge for a natural look.

6. Burt’s Bees Nourishing Mascara –  I had given up on finding a good natural (and inexpensive) mascara that won’t weigh down my curled Asian lashes back to their natural pin-straight state, but recently, I tried this, and it’s decent. Since it’s beeswax based, it holds the curls fairly well. It is kind of clumpy though, so I do have to wipe it down with a tissue before applying. I wear mascara only once in a while, so this is not a huge bother for me.

7. Jane Iredale Highlighter Pencil White/Pink with Sharpener – I use the white side of this jumbo pencil to highlight in inner corners of my eyes and on my cupid’s bow. It can also be used to highlight the cheeks and eyebrows, as can the pink side. If you want, you can also use the pink for a long-lasting eyeshadow in a pinch.

8. 100% Pure Fruit Pigmented Blush in Strawberry – A natural pink blush is what I usually reach for, but I’ll also use a peachy one if I’m wearing a coral lipstick.

9. Bobbi Brown Blush Brush – I literally Googled “best blush brush” like a millennial to find this. The big brush works really well to deposit colour on my wide cheeks. The material of the brush is not listed, but I read somewhere that it is goat hair.

10. Lily Lolo Sculpt and Glow Contour Duo – With my chubby cheeks, no amount of contouring will ever give me the chiseled look, ha, but when I’m feeling fancy, I do like to wear bronzer and highlighting shimmer to add dimension to my face. The bronzer brush I have from Sephora seems to be discontinued. Perhaps try a green beauty version from Alima Pure or use the Jane Iredale brush I listed as #2 to work double duty.

11. Kjaer Weis Lipstick – While my makeup collection is pretty skimpy on eye and cheek makeup, I do have 7 lipsticks. 3 of them are from Kjaer Weis, the colours “Adore,” “KW Red,” and “Love.” Their packaging is sustainable because you can just buy the lipstick refills that screw in.

For everyday lip tints and balms, I like Alima Pure’s Natural Lip Tint, and Tata Harper’s Volumizing Lip and Cheek Tint.

12. Antonym Certified Organic Eyeshadow Quattro – I have this palette in “To the Moon and Back” for the times I want to do a smokey eye. I also have the HAN All Natural Eyeshadow in “Sunset,” which is a shimmery peach champagne colour that’s all the rage with K pop stars right now.

I don’t have recommendations for a natural eyebrow pencil/powder because I have ombré brows, which are semi-permanent tattoos that last up to two years. I would never have done this without my friend recommending it because it seemed kind of scary. Now that I have it, I’ll always do it because it makes my life so much easier to not have to draw in my brows. I wasn’t even that good at it either.

I also don’t like to wear liquid eyeliner, but Detox Market should have you covered with any other green makeup needs.

Watch my ethical blogger bud My Green Closet’s Youtube video for more makeup capsule inspiration.

Let me know what’s in your natural makeup capsule collection in the comments below.

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