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Vegan Makeup Brushes - Where Are They?

It's so easy to overlook. We see a pretty set of makeup brushes at a great price - maybe at the pharmacy or the superstore - and we buy them. But as animal lovers, we must be more careful. Most of these brushes, though inexpensive monetarily, extract a much greater price in terms of creature suffering. We need to be as vigilant about our makeup brush purchases as we are about our cosmetics.

What Not to Buy

When you purchase brushes that have no specific labeling to the contrary, chances are the brushes are made at least partly from animal fur. So rule number one is: Unless they are from a manufacturer you trust, don't buy makeup brushes that aren't labeled as cruelty-free, vegan, or 100% synthetic.

Where to Buy Vegan Brushes

Following is a list of companies that carry vegan cosmetic brushes. These are manufacturers and retailers you can trust. Find them on the web (put them into your search engine to get their website addresses), or at specialty stores like Sephora and Ulta.

  • All Natural Cosmetics - some brushes are vegan, so check the brush descriptions before buying (click Make-up from the left menu, then click Brushes)

  • Blick Art Materials (look for Taklon brushes)

  • The Body Shop (write Makeup Brushes into their search box)

  • Etsy (enter vegan makeup brushes into the search field)

  • Forever Female has a vegan Kabuki brush, and a vegan lip brush

  • Hard Candy Cosmetics (at their site, click on Vegan Items from the horizontal top menu)

  • Herbs of Grace (click on Brushes & Accessories on the left menu)

  • Larénim Mineral Makeup has a Vegan Kabuki brush (click on Brushes from the left menu)

  • sevi vegan cosmetics

  • Urban Decay Cosmetics: Good Karma Cruelty-Free Brushes

  • VeganEssentials carries a beautiful set of handmade Ecco Bella brushes (from their home page, click on Cosmetics)

  • The Vegan Store

  • Vegan Unlimited

  • For more vegan makeup brush resources, check out My Makeup Mirror. We're fortunate to be living in an age where these products are available. Looking gorgeous without harming little critters is a blessing indeed.

    Suzann writes for the website My Makeup Mirror - a potpourri of articles, product reviews, and how-to's on hair, cosmetics, and well-being.