Beauty tools might not be tested on animals, but why ever support a brand that isn’t cruelty-free? If you currently use tools from non-cruelty-free brands and are looking for alternatives, I hope you find some pointers below!


Do you use face masks? You might love this May Lindstrom facial treatment brush ($30), particularly handy for mixing powder or natural home-made face masks. A brush will apply your mask evenly and mess-free.


What’s cool about the Deborah Lippman Smooth Operator Nail Buffer ($12) is that it multitasks, yet it’s small and convenient. It has 4 distincts textures that shine, smooth, buff, and shape. An all-in-one must-have nail tool!


Neither Shiseido nor Shu Umera are cruelty-free, and those are the two most talked-about curlers. But this doesn’t mean they’re the best ones, right?! Try Tarte’s Picture Perfect eyelash curler ($19) as a cruelty-free alternative — it also comes with a deluxe Lights, Camera, Flashes mascara.


No dupe or knockoff compares to the real Beauty Blender ($19.95). It’s soft, fluffy, and applies any foundation flawlessly when you dampen it.


I love muslin cloths for removing my makeup and most will work just fine, but these Eve Lom ones ($20) are high-quality and long-lasting.


The Clarisonic brand isn’t cruelty-free, but this cool pulsating face brush is! It cleans thoroughly and removes all your makeup, but it’s still gentle enough for sensitive skin. It’s called the Foreo Luna ($139) and you can get it at Sephora.


Unless you always use twist-up mechanical lip and eye pencils, chances are you need a sharpener — preferably one that’s meant for makeup! I love the NARS Pencil Sharpener ($6) because it has 2 holes (one for jumbos and Train Bleu, one for everything else) and looks sleek.


Anastasia Beverly Hills (all rise for the Queen of Brows) makes these cute tweezers ($28) that are gaining recognition as the best tweezers ever. They’re slanted but small and easily pluck individual hairs.


I’m sure you’ve heard of konjac sponges, which are gentle and 100% natural exfoliators, but did you know that The Konjac Company is certified by the Leaping Bunny?


Blotting papers are a summer essential if you have combination or oily skin. The luxury brand Tatcha came up with a nifty packaging for their Aburatorigami Japanese Beauty Papers ($15). This tube looks elegant and even has a mirror! I love it.


What are some of your favorite beauty tools?


  • Ann

    I have a Foreo Luna and they are fantastic. 🙂

  • I’d never heard of konjac sponges before but they’re definitely on my wishlist now! Great post as always 🙂

  • Love the #10 Tatcha thingie, looks so useful and compact!

    P.S.: I am so glad to have you as a part of the Green Bloggers Community on TLV Birdie Blog!

    Oly | TLV Birdie Blog

  • Wake Up for Makeup

    Thank you, not only for this excellent post but your entire blog! I am a beauty blogger and freelance makeup artist who is transitioning over to cruelty free. Your blog gives me tons of hope and inspiration that it CAN be done! xo, Ivy

    • Thanks so much, Ivy!!

  • They’re cruelty-free.

  • Ruth Fernanda Ureña Cueto

    Beautyblender is really cruelty free? The most closer to me is the Real Techniques sponge, not as good as beautyblender but the results aren’t so bad! Thanks for the information, and would be amazing see an article of beauty tools which are cruelty free.

    • Beautyblender is cruelty-free! They sell in China but they don’t sell any cosmetics, meaning there’s no animal testing. If this chances I’ll update my list.

      • Ruth Fernanda Ureña Cueto

        Thank you! With your help we can have more information about whic stuffs are cruelty free and which don’t 🙂

  • helloyou27

    Beauty Blender is NOT cruelty-free. They sell in China and can be found in the Chinese Sephora site.

    • I verified with them and none of their products quality as cosmetics, meaning they’re not tested on animals in China!

  • Yes, beautyblender is cruelty-free. They have a distributor in China but they don’t sell any cosmetics, so their products aren’t tested on animals at all. I don’t know about Sigma and I’ve never seen them on cruelty-free lists though.