Nontoxic Makeup On A Budget: You Can Have It All

“I hate high-end makeup.” Said no one ever. I mean, maybe someone said it once but it was probably my dad. Point is, there is a TON going on in the nontoxic world of makeup these days and if you have the budget to support exploring and trying – girl, you go! BUT lets be honest, when it’s either 2 lbs of grassfed ground beef or the latest Axiology lipstick – I mean, I may pause for a moment, but feeding my family wins out every time.

Lisa over at This Organic Girl knows her stuff. We immediately connected over our love of green beauty and have continued to share our love of all things organic with one another. She’s quite a cook and is a guru when it comes to organic makeup and organic food. She’s a wealth of information and I feel like I’m always learning something new from her. If you’re not already following her, head over to her page for everything from the best nontoxic beauty rec’s to healthy lunch box inspiration! (Scroll down to the end for a fun video she made)

Okay so for all the beauties out there who have to put the crackdown on the beauty buying budget – girrrrrl, we hear you. Lisa and I put together our top green beauty budget brands and finds. All of these items here we have used and can vouch for performance and price. Everything is $20 or under with two exceptions.

So, first things first, put down that drugstore shadow trio sister, you deserve more than $4.99 worth of talc and setting chemicals. We are here to tell you that you can have it all. That 8lb pastured chicken and some killer nontoxic makeup too with maybe a penny to spare.

And here they are in no particular order. We are highlighting 3 affordable brands with standout picks and then some additional faves that we have discovered over the past several years of trying and testing.

Root nontoxic makeup


Talk about professional quality makeup at a budget friendly price! Made in the USA, this brand is full of swoon-worthy makeup in more colors than you may have thought was possible with natural makeup. Root uses the best organic and natural ingredients they can find and skip the harsh fillers, making them a perfect choice for sensitive skin as well. We love this brand for it’s wide selection of colors and for the performance.

Root also offers Pretty Points where you can earn rewards on purchases and from showing love to them on social media. The rewards can be put towards future purchases.

Here are some of our faves from Root:

Root 100% Lash Mascara $14.00 One of the best natural mascaras out there and it stays on all day!

Root Pretty All Day Gel Eyeliner $16.00 Goes on smooth and stays smudge free, even in humidity.

Root Pressed Shadows $12.00 So many colors to choose from and these don’t crease! Some favorites are Blue Lagoon and Belize, both of which are perfect for summer.

Root Pretty Balm $8.00 These add just a touch of color and are easy to stash in your bag for a quick touchup throughout the day.

Loving Lately: Lily Lolo Coralista Cheek Duo

Lily Lolo

This brand has been a long standing favorite amongst natural beauty divas and for good reason. Lily Lolo is 100% natural and has a wide range of products, many with cult followings. The line was originally developed in London, but is now available in the US and Canada and they keep adding more and more gorgeous products to their lineup.

We love this line because it’s a dependable brand that you know will have good ingredients and makeup that wears well. They make virtually every makeup product you could need.

Some faves from this line:

Lily Lolo Mineral Blush in In The Pink $18 This light, easy to wear pink is sweet without looking too made up. It gives just the right amount of pink. They have a huge selection of other colors and all of them have staying power!

Lily Lolo Eyebrow Duo $15 This comes in 3 shades and includes a powder and a setting wax. It’s a steal for such a great product!

Lily Lolo Creamy Lash Alert Pure Natural Vegan Mascara $20 This mascara is almost waterproof and stays on all day without smudging or flaking. Maybe that’s why is a top pick for so many natural beauties! The vegan formula gives your lashes quite a boost.

Lily Lolo Pressed Eyeshadow in Truffle Shuffle $14.00 A great neutral with a bit of drama (depending on how much you apply), this shade is universally flattering. It also comes in a great little compact.

Zuzu Luxe & Gabriel

We love this brand because it is accessible, affordable and it preforms. Zuzu Luxe and Gabriel are two separate lines but are owned by the same parent company. You can find them in most Whole Foods makeup sections. These lines are both vegan and gluten free made with 100% natural ingredients and no synthetic chemicals or animal by-products.

They also have an awesome recycle program. If you send any five Zuzu Luxe or Gabriel empties back they will send you a free lipstick of your choice.

Here are our faves from these two lines:

Gabriel Multi Pot in Thistle $19.30 LOVE THIS! Highlighter or eyeshadow, this multi use pot has a cream to powder finish and is subtle yet striking. Love this on the upper cheek bone.

Gabriel Liquid Radiance $12.50 A rollerball oil based highlighter that will stun the socks off anyone with a glowing and dewy finish.

Gabriel Blush in Apricot $19.30 This color is playful and pretty. Perfect as a pop of color to the apples of cheeks.

Zuzu Luxe Oil Free Foundation $31.50 A medium coverage foundation that looks so natural on. Covers redness but lets natural marks show through.

Zuzu Luxe Liquid Eyeliner $15.60 Available in SO MANY COLORS. We love it in black. This felt tip applicator provides so much control that even a newbie can apply. Opaque, dense + fills out lash line like the best of them.

More Picks

The All Natural Face Magic Vegan Eyeshadow Primer $7 Primes eyes for shadow by creating a surface for shadow to stick to and also eliminates any redness.

Honeybee Gardens Lipstick $13.99 Goes on smooth, creamy, pigmented and lasts. So many colors to choose from!

Silk Naturals Eye Shadow $4.50 This loose power eye shadow comes in a million colors and is made of straight minerals – no synthetics!

Dusty Girls Earth Cream $20 Perfect for everyday, this light wearing sheer formula will take away redness and even out skin tone with out covering, caking or wearing too thick. (Code: HAPPYSKIN will save you 15% off!)

Dusty Girls Natural Mineral Lip Gloss $13 A clear gloss that add shine and sass. (Code: HAPPYSKIN will save you 15% off!)

Honest Beauty True Velvet Eyeliner $16 A creamy pencil that goes on smooth with no tugging. One of the best around. Available in several colors. We love black.

W3ll People Narcissist Foundation Stick $28.99 The cream formula applies easily and this foundation wears well throughout the day. Psst.. You can even find it at some Target stores!

Boho Chic Cosmetics Lip & Cheeks The sample colors cost only $1.50 and they are generous. Fun and poppy for lips and cheeks – grab a sample in every color!

Here’s a quick video Lisa made with some of these products she had on hand:

With SO many great affordable options to choose from, there’s no need to break the bank just to score some clean makeup! You absolutely can have it all. Whether you want to overhaul your whole makeup bag or just want a fun new lipstick for summer, all of the products listed above will give you the performance and ingredients you want without emptying your wallet. How’s that for green beauty?


Lisa + Molly

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  1. Bluebillie Says: May 30, 2017 at 2:16 am

    Great post ladies! After giving up on beauty for most of pregnancy I’m getting back into it again. I have been reading on many green beauty blogs that loose powder is better for oily skin because it uses no binders that could clog or add oil. Do you guys have any recommendations for affordable loose face, cheek, and eyes that also have awesome ingredients and good staying power? Would love to have a round up! Thanks

  2. Root offers all of those things in loose powder form- lots of shades and great staying power! I also love Gia Minerals, which has loose powders as well. Maybe Lisa and I will do a round up of our faves! xo

  3. Bluebillie Says: May 31, 2017 at 4:50 pm

    Thanks for the tips, I love Root’s color selection!

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