When we talk about vegan make-up we refer to make-up without ingredients of animal origin. In fact, like many other cosmetics we use every day, make-up can contain animal raw materials. Vegan or vegan make-up therefore includes foundations, eye shadows, lipsticks, eye and lip pencils and other cosmetic products formulated excluding ingredients of animal origin. However, vegan makeup is not always also natural, ecological or organic: in addition to vegetable or mineral raw materials, in fact, vegan make-up can also be made with synthetic ingredients, which are not necessarily sustainable and biodegradable. Furthermore, the absence of ingredients of animal origin does not necessarily coincide with raw materials not tested on animals, so vegan makeup is not necessarily cruelty free and, vice versa, the make-up products indicated as cruelty free are not necessarily also vegan. Those looking for a make-up that is simultaneously free of ingredients of animal origin and raw materials whose production or development did not involve animal suffering, will therefore have to look for both wordings on the cosmetic. If you also want a natural product or a product made only with ingredients of plant origin, you can refer to the various certifications that certify the origin of the raw materials or check the list of ingredients, that is the INCI of the cosmetic.
Animal ingredients in makeup
It may seem strange, but raw materials of animal origin are also used in make-up products. In the tricks we can easily find milk proteins, honey, beeswax, snail slime, but also numerous ingredients whose name is not immediately attributable to the animal world. For some ingredients the connection with animals is quite simple; for example, lanolin and squalene come from sheep’s wool and shark liver oil respectively, as the names themselves suggest. Even the cochineal derives from the insect of the same name, bred in large quantities to produce a red dye used in many make-up products such as lipsticks, nail polishes, eye shadows and blushes.
Other ingredients can hint at theirs origin animal: this is the case of collagen, elastin, keratin and hyaluronic acid, three substances that make up the tissues of animals. Collagen and elastin are generally obtained from cows and pigs, while hyaluronic acid is obtained from cockscombs and keratin from horns and animal hair. Although they are mainly used in anti-aging creams and, in the case of keratin, in nail strengthening products, these ingredients can also be found in liquid or liquid foundations. in glazes.
However, there are raw materials that are not easy to identify as of animal origin. A few examples? Sodium caseinate, stearic acid, guanine and ambergris are some substances that can also be found in make-up products and that do not immediately suggest an animal origin. In particular, in the tricks it is possible to identify the guanine: it is used in eyeshadows, illuminating powders, powders and enamels to give a pearly and sparkling white color and is obtained from the fish scales. Finally, also in the brushes for make-up they may contain animal raw materials, in particular hair of boars, horses, foxes, minks. animals, including foxes, wild boars, sables, horses, goats, minks and squirrels.
Those who follow a vegan lifestyle or those who simply want to reduce the use of ingredients of animal origin when not essential, can avoid these ingredients by choosing a vegan make-up.
The greater attention to the environment and animal welfare has fortunately led to an ever-increasing diffusion of vegan alternatives not only at the table but also in the cosmetic world. We therefore have several available today ingredients vegetable or synthetic origin that allow you to replace animal ingredients in make-up.
For example, on vegan tricks it is possible to find words such as “plant-based proteins”. These are proteins obtained from soy or other plants rich in amino acids, such as almonds, and which replace collagen and keratin of animal origin. Hyaluronic acid can be obtained from wheat and replaces, in addition tohyaluronic acid animal, also elastin. Pigments such as cochineal can instead be replaced by mineral dyes while an alternative to squalene can be obtained from various cereals and olives.
The vegan alternatives to animal hair used to make make-up brushes are natural or, more frequently, synthetic fiber bristles. Compared to brushes produced with animal bristles, the vegan ones are less performing and do not always allow you to blend the makeup professionally but with a little experience and dexterity they still allow you to create a good make-up without animal suffering.