For as long as I can remember, I’ve always looked forward to planning my holiday outfit. When I was little, it meant shopping for fabric with my mom for my new Christmas dress, and as I got older, it meant perusing the magazines for the latest holiday makeup trends. But as I began my cruelty-free beauty journey, I was disappointed to discover pages and pages of makeup recommendations from brands that DO test on animals and little to no mention of brands that don’t. If a perceived lack of cruelty-free holiday beauty options makes you bah humbug, too, you’re in luck: this is your guide to some of the most popular winter trends that can be enjoyed without harming any bunny.
Bold Lips in Crimson or Berry
This season, I’m loving the return of the dark, bold lip. It’s a dramatic, eye-catching trend that anyone can try, as dark shades like crimson and berry look beautiful on all skin tones. For a vampy, deep red, try Femme Fatale by Zuzu Luxe ($19.10) or Merlot by Dose of Colors ($18). For a beautiful berry color, try Rapture by Feral or Berry Me or Berry Me 2 from Dose of Colors (all $18). My favorite drugstore option? Milani Cosmetics’ Matte Romance is a gorgeous, rich red that will only run you $6 dollars.
Classic Cat Eye
Though it’s hard to argue the cat eye ever goes OUT of style, it’s definitely dominating holiday makeup trend lists this season. For a splurge, try 100 Percent Pure’s Long Last Liquid Eye Liner: Black Tea, and top off your lashes with a couple coats of their Ultra Lengthening Mascara. The duo will run you $56, but speaking as a fan of 100 Percent Pure, they are well worth every penny. Their liquid eyeliner has unmatched staying power in my experience.
For a bargain—you guessed it—look to my favorite standby, wet n wild. I’m currently loving their new MegaSlim Skinny Tip Eyeliner that really allows for precision—super important in perfecting your cat eye. Coat your lashes with their matching MegaSlim Skinny Mascara. That wand gets lashes I didn’t even know I had, all without making them spidery or clumpy. The duo will run you $10—aka, a total steal.
Shimmers, Foils, and Glitters
Holiday parties are a great excuse to have a little fun with your eyeshadow—it’s the time of year where you can really experiment with rich greens, sparkly silvers, and glittery golds that dominate the trend lists, and these silky-smooth options from Concrete Minerals are top notch. These richly pigmented eyeshadows have staying power and are easy on your skin, and each pot will run you only $8.
For a New Year’s-worthy sparkle, try the Donut Scream pressed glitter palette from Inked Doll ($23.85). These four metallic and iridescent shades will guarantee you outshine the ball in Times Square come midnight.
For a more subtle shine, try one of the four Fierce Foil Eyeshine palettes ($11) from drugstore favorite Milani.
Unconventional Smoky Eye
Like the cat eye, a smoky eye is a classic look. For the holiday season, this sultry staple gets a colorful update. Try it in gun metal shades or deep, plummy tones with these eyeshadow stacks from Melt Cosmetics. Each stack costs $48 and includes four pots of eyeshadow. For a warm, coppery look, try the Dusk ‘Til Bronze palette from Jordana ($7.99).
Naughty or Nice Nail Colors
No holiday look is complete without a festive mani, and there are plenty of cruelty-free nail color options out there to inspire you. Pacifica ($9) makes “7-free” and vegan polishes in gorgeous shades like midnight blue, chocolate brown, and cabernet (just to name a few!) that will serve you well all winter long. At a similar price point ($8.50) is Gabriel Cosmetics, who makes vegan, “10-free” nail polishes in a variety of shades perfect for your next holiday soiree, like metallic silver and gold. And if neither of these brands has what you’re looking for, vegan Mineral Fusion ($8.99) is sure to. Confetti, Nickel & Dime, and Snowflake are just a few of my holiday-season favorites. When you’re ready to swap shades, try their nail polish remover, which is gentle enough to use daily.
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