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Beauty Goes Cruelty-Free

Victoria Rees

Victoria Rees is InQuire’s website lifestyle editor, and enjoys reading and writing articles about food, health and fashion.

It can be hard to know which companies operate ethically, and unfortunately countless make-up brands are not cruelty-free. Many big-name brands use animals when they test their products, as they sell in countries outside the EU which require these tests.

Investing in cruelty-free makeup is a great choice for those who want to live a more ethical life, and have moral qualms about animal testing. Finding the right companies to buy from can be tricky and it can feel like trying to find a needle in a haystack, so here are a few good options for next time you need a new lipstick:

Body Shop

The Body Shop actively markets itself as cruelty-free. It’s a British company that doesn’t test on animals, but their parent company Estée Lauder do. With a great range of products on offer, it’s hard to go wrong. Their new lip juicers are “moisture-boosting” and 100% vegan. And the best part? When you stock up on lipstick, you can treat yourself to a new body lotion too.

Burt’s Bees

While not vegan–as many of their products contain beeswax–Burt’s Bees is cruelty-free. The company has selection of 18 lipsticks, which are also ultra-hydrating. Their other products include lip balms and moisturisers.

Barry M

Barry M is a makeup range is one of the most extensive out there. With a huge range of lipsticks and eyeshadows available, there’s always a fantastic choice. One of the best parts about Barry M is their nail varnishes; they have a coconut infused polish which helps to keep nails healthy. Their newest collection includes iridescent mermaid-inspired colours.

Finding the right product for you can be difficult, but there are options out there. The leaping bunny symbol signifies product’s cruelty-free status and can be found on packaging. With so many options out there it’s hard to make the transition, and adopt a cruelty-free lifestyle.

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