I haven’t always been vegan. I haven’t always had a desire to be cruelty free. Well, I have. It’s not that I hated animals, but actually, I just didn’t care enough to think about it. Or perhaps I didn’t make the connection.
For the past two years I have been vegan and on my merry way to becoming a vegan makeup artist. When I made the decision to cut animal products from my life it actually felt like a weight had been lifted. Vegetarianism had been part of my life for the past 15 years. On a trip to Madrid a few years ago, I actually think I OD’d on two things. Booze and cheese. While I wasn’t yet prepared to give up wine, I actually felt that I needed to get rid of the cheese. Ive never looked back.
It’s only been in the past year that I have been taking a real hard look at my kit to see what I can do to help the planet, my soul and bunnies.
It’s hard to make your kit entirely vegan. You see, I am also trying to get better at waste management and become a minimalist. You cannot really do these things all at the same time.
So over the past year I have been trying to use up everything in my kit that isn’t vegan. Let me tell you, when you aren’t legally allowed to work, that’s near impossible. Some things are sadly easy. A lot of my products only have a shelf life of 6 months or a year so I have been able to get rid of those. But now I have waste. It’s a work in progress.
My next steps
Whilst my kit isn’t entirely vegan or cruelty free yet, I’m getting there. It’s important to me to have a vegan kit. But it’s also important for me to not throw away the things that are still good to use.
However, I am pleased to let you know that if you do want a vegan and cruelty free makeup artist, I can offer that service. Almost all of my kit is vegan with the exception of a few mascaras, blush and concealers. I’m working on it. Once everything has been used up or past it’s shelf life, my kit will be 100% vegan. For now, rest assured that I am able to offer a fully vegan makeup application should you wish for it 🙂
Check some of my work with cruelty free makeup on my makeup artist portfolio page and on my professional makeup artist Instagram page.