This Eco Dupe for Giorgio Armani's Luminous Silk Foundation Will Rock Your World
Transitioning to a natural routine, in the beauty sense, ain't easy. From cutting out synthetic or non-organic ingredients, to deciphering the eco-friendly-ness of a product's packaging, there's a lot to think about. And that's before you even consider the phenomenon of "greenwashing". While some products are easier to replace than others, (think: body oils), there are a few that seem nigh on impossible. (Which is why this natural deodorant is such a find.) Makeup seems to fall into this category too, with amazing synthetic-free foundation and mascara formulas extra-difficult to find. To solve this problem, we reached out to organic makeup artist Cathy Tolpigin, for her expertise and advice. Her specialisation in natural and cruelty-free makeup means she knows what's what when it comes to products that wear well on the skin and deliver a professional finish. Tolpigin's challenge? To find all-natural dupes for 9 cult beauty buys. To be clear, this isn't about bashing non-natural products or encouraging a culture in which brands copy best-sellers. It's about helping anyone keen to go eco to navigate the often confusing world of green makeup. (That, and offering planet-friendly alternatives to a few old favourites.)
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NARS BRONZING POWDER IN LAGUNA
If you love: Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation
Gressa Skin Minimalist Corrective Serum Foundation ($72)
"Giorgio Armani's Luminous Silk was the most difficult mainstream beauty product for me to toss, but since using this Gressa base I haven't looked back. It's like a multivitamin for the face, and lightweight with a serum-to-powder finish. It can be applied from light to full coverage, and gives a flawless finish that lasts all day."
If you love: Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer
If you love: Maybelline Great Lash Mascara
If you love: Nars Blush in Orgasm
If you love: MAC Lipstick in Ruby Woo
If you love: Smith’s Rosebud Salve
The Beauty Chef Beauty Fix Balm ($25)
"A fabulous multi-purpose balm, it's formulated with fermented young coconut to help heal dry, damaged skin. It also contains natural anti-ageing ingredients such as vitamin E and camellia seed oil to smooth out fine lines and wrinkles. The perfect lip balm, it makes a fantastic eye cream, too."
If you love: Benefit Benetint
If you love: YVES SAINT LAURENT Touche Eclat