Naturally Beautiful: 15 Makeup Ingredients to Love or Lose
Be kind to yourself and your skin by mindfully choosing makeup that’s free of harmful toxins and packed with good-for-you ingredients you can trust.
Say YES – to green tea
When it comes to managing skin-damaging molecules (called free radicals) caused by UV radiation, pollution, stress and diet, antioxidants are key and green tea is one of the best available. It can deactivate free radicals, help reduce inflammation and has excellent soothing benefits for a complexion that looks and feels youthful.
The buy: Packed with anti-aging antioxidants like green tea, Kakadu plum and vitamins A and E, Nude by Nature’s Perfecting Primer contains moisturizing ingredients, smooths your skin without silicones and helps extend the wear of your makeup. Apply it with your fingers as a base before foundation and concealer. $32 at Shoppers Drug Mart and shoppersdrugmart.ca.
Say NO – to siloxanes
Siloxanes give cosmetic products a smooth, silky texture. Sounds great, right? But because they create a film, they can also trap bacteria and sebum close to the skin and lead to breakouts. On a more serious note, they may be endocrine disrupters.
The buy: Even without silicones and siloxanes, Nude by Nature Sheer Glow BB Cream with sheer-to-light coverage has a pleasing silky texture. It also contains moisturizing ingredients, such as Phytomoist and Desert Lime, and helps fight signs of aging for a naturally beautiful look. $30 at Shoppers Drug Mart and shoppersdrugmart.ca.
Say YES – to jojoba esters
You may have heard of jojoba (pronounced ho-HO-ba), a desert plant with seeds that are processed to make jojoba oil. Esters are simply a derivative of jojoba oil and are used in cosmetics for their ability to soften and nourish the skin.
The buy: The hero product in Australia’s number one mineral makeup line, Nude by Nature Radiant Loose Powder Foundation uses jojoba esters to nourish your skin, all the while creating a satin finish with no shine. Buff the powder into your face with the Flawless Brush and build until you reach your desired coverage level. $32, at Shoppers Drug Mart and shoppersdrugmart.ca.
Say NO – to bismuth oxychloride
Often used in powder or mineral makeup because it adheres well to skin, bismuth oxychloride is a combination of bismuth, oxygen and chlorine and has a pearly sheen. Due to its crystalline shape, it can get stuck in pores and cause irritation and itching.
The buy: Forget bismuth oxychloride! Nude by Nature doesn’t use it in its award-winning Radiant Loose Powder Foundation, nor in any of its other loose powders, including the Natural Glow Loose Bronzer. The bronzer is easy to blend and customize for your unique version of a sun-kissed glow—naturally. $30 at Shoppers Drug Mart and shoppersdrugmart.ca.
Say YES – to sweet almond oil
When looking for softening, smoothing and moisturizing benefits, you’d be hard-pressed (pun intended!) to find a more delicate and luxurious ingredient than sweet almond oil. It’s pressed from the kernels of the sweet almond tree and is especially useful for soothing chapped lips.
The buy: A hint of colour, shine, conditioning ingredients for comfortable wear and easy application without a mirror? Yes, please! Nude by Nature’s Sheer Glow Colour Balm with sweet almond oil is the perfect lip product for the busy gal on the go. $20 at Shoppers Drug Mart and shoppersdrugmart.ca.
Say NO – to talc
Typically used in cosmetics to absorb moisture and add bulk to pigments, talc can be harsh on the skin. Look to avoid it if you’re sensitive to irritation or breakouts when using powder formulas.
The buy: Groom your brows minus talc with Nude by Nature’s Natural Definition Brow Palette, which comes with three buildable shades to instantly shape, colour and highlight brows. The palette sits inside a sleek case with a mirror and cruelty-free brush. $30 at Shoppers Drug Mart and shoppersdrugmart.ca.
Say YES – to pro vitamin B5
Also known as panthenol, pro vitamin B5 is a wonder ingredient. It transforms into vitamin B5 when absorbed by the skin. It moisturizes and soothes skin and is excellent for conditioning eyelashes and brows.
The buy: Nude by Nature’s vitamin-enriched Allure Defining Mascara is a natural way to define, lengthen and separate your lashes without flaking—because when you feel good about your beauty choices, you look even better. $24 at Shoppers Drug Mart and shoppersdrugmart.ca.
Say NO – to parabens
Used to extend the shelf life of cosmetics, parabens have developed a bad reputation for their connection to allergies and skin sensitivity in some people. Research on possible associations with other health concerns are inconclusive and ongoing.
The buy: Like all Nude by Nature products, the Luminous Sheer Liquid Foundation is free from parabens and is ideal for creating a dewy, healthy sheen on normal to dry skin. Expect it to hydrate and enhance radiance for a major confidence boost due to moisturizing hyaluronic acid and Australia’s own Lilly Pilly. $36 at Shoppers Drug Mart and shoppersdrugmart.ca.
Say YES – to Kakadu plum
A fruit that’s native to Australia and is growing in popularity, Kakadu plum is known for its antioxidant and anti-aging properties. It’s known as the world’s richest source of natural vitamin C, which is known to help brighten skin and stimulate collagen production.
The buy: Refresh tired-looking eyes with Nude by Nature Perfecting Concealer, a creamy liquid that seamlessly conceals dark circles, spots and blemishes without creasing. Bonus: It even disguises puffiness. $24 at Shoppers Drug Mart and shoppersdrugmart.ca.
Say NO – to synthetic fragrance
Synthetic fragrances may smell good, but they potentially contain hazardous unlisted chemicals and allergens that may cause serious health issues. Skin irritation due to synthetic fragrances is a common occurrence.
The buy: Synthetic fragrance-free! That’s Nude by Nature’s mantra. And it rings true for the versatile Touch of Glow Highlight Stick, which is easy to apply and blend on the high points of the face for a luminous glow. $28 at Shoppers Drug Mart and shoppersdrugmart.ca.
Say YES – to avocado oil
Chockful of fatty acids and vitamins A, D and E, avocado oil is a great natural ingredient for moisturizing and comforting the skin.
The buy: Define your cheekbones and give your face a healthy, youthful glow with Nude by Nature’s blendable Cashmere Pressed Blush that contains skin-nourishing ingredients. It’s available in three natural shades to suit all skin tones. $26 at Shoppers Drug Mart and shoppersdrugmart.ca.
Say NO – to carmine
Carmine is a red pigment that’s avoided by cruelty-conscious brands because it’s derived from insects. It may also cause an allergic reaction for some skin types.
The buy: Nude by Nature is PETA certified and all products are cruelty-free including the Moisture Shine Lipstick. It features 10 shades, ranging from soft rose to deep berry, that offer rich colour and shine that feels comfortable and hydrating on the lips. $23 at Shoppers Drug Mart and shoppersdrugmart.ca.
Say YES – to vitamin E
One of nature’s great antioxidants, which means it fights free radicals, vitamin E is a prominent ingredient in skin care and moisturizing cosmetics thanks to its ability to soften skin and fight inflammation.
The buy: The three versatile shades in Nude by Nature’s Highlight Palette make contouring and highlighting a snap, while also being kind to your skin with its nourishing ingredients. Finish off any look with a dusting of warmth for a natural glow. $32 at Shoppers Drug Mart and shoppersdrugmart.ca.
Say NO – to synthetic pigments
Synthetic pigments help to create vivid colour for lipsticks, glosses and eyeshadows, but they are often derived from petroleum and coal tar—two ingredients that you want to keep as far away from your skin as possible.
The buy: Shine on! Nude by Nature Moisture Infusion Lipgloss is the weightless, vibrant lip plumper you’ve been waiting for. Plus, it won’t stick to your hair. $21 at Shoppers Drug Mart and shoppersdrugmart.ca.
Say YES – to kaolin clay
Kaolin Clay is rich in the mineral kaolinite and soothes the skin, extends makeup wear and absorbs excess oil without causing dryness.
The buy: If you’ve ever noticed that your face develops an oily sheen as the afternoon ticks on, Nude by Nature Translucent Loose Finishing Powder can fix all your worries. (OK, just the cosmetic ones). It helps to set makeup, diffuse dark circles and disguise fine lines, all the while creating a satin matte finish. $30 at Shoppers Drug Mart and shoppersdrugmart.ca.