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?
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