Halloween is a time for fun and frights, but your Halloween makeup and its ingredients should be anything but scary. If you’ve already gone cruelty-free, you may have a few options lying around that would work well for some creative Halloween makeup, but you may be asking what’s safe to buy if you’re in the market for something a little more unique, like say, black lipstick or some fake blood. Below, I’ve outlined some great cruelty-free Halloween makeup brands grouped by budget, as well as options for hair color and clean-up come November 1.
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Best Bang for Your Buck
If all your costume calls for is one of those cheap chemical Halloween makeup palettes, make a simple drugstore swap for something from wet n wild. Every year, the company releases new face paint and glitter palettes, lipsticks and eye pencils, mascaras and nail polishes, makeup stencils and false eyelashes, as part of their Halloween Fantasy Makers collection. Suggested looks and tutorials change year by year, but with the variety of colors offered, you’re sure to find something that works for your costume needs.
You may also want to check out their limited-edition fall collections, such as Midnight Mermaid, which boasts a range of dark metallics and is so fun you might even find yourself wearing them long after Halloween is over!
Best Mid-level, High-Pigment Investments
If a journey to the drugstore doesn’t get you what you want, why not try a high-pigment option from a Leaping Bunny-approved brand like Lime Crime, Concrete Minerals, or Dose of Colors? Color-obsessed vegans can shop both Lime Crime and Concrete Minerals without worry, as both brands’ offerings are 100% vegan. Dose of Colors boasts a majority of vegan options as well, with their standing clearly labeled on the ingredients list.
Lime Crime eyeshadow palettes will run you about $34 apiece, and lip colors between $18 and $20. You’ll save when you buy bundles of products, and if you’re a student, consider signing up for their UNIDAYS program, which will get you 20% off of every purchase.
With 50 super-pigmented mineral eyeshadow options, Concrete Minerals likely has any shade you’re looking for. Individual pots go for $8 apiece, and you can finish your look with one of 14 lip tints, costing $6 apiece.
For a vibrant pink, red, or purple shade of lip gloss, try one of eleven options from Dose of Colors, all of which are vegan. These smooth and non-sticky formulas will run you $15 a tube.
Best Professional Stage Makeup
If you’re someone who really gets into Halloween—or you’re a year-round Cosplayer—you may consider checking out options from two professional stage makeup companies, Mehron and Kryolan Professional Make-up, both are a part of PETA’s Beauty Without Bunnies program.
Mehron, in addition to their regular beauty and theatrical collections, offers a pretty budget-friendly array of Halloween items, including fake blood, molding putty, and spirit gum. Halloween makeup kits range between $18.95 and $34.95, with individual items considerably less. Kryolan boasts an even wider range of special effects makeup and Halloween kits starting at $39.95.
Best Halloween Hair
For semi-permanent dyes that will wash out after a couple of shampoos, try Unicorn Hair from Lime Crime, or PETA-approved brands Arctic Fox (vegan) or Manic Panic. If you’re not ready to fully commit to a new neon hue, Manic Panic also offers colorful wigs, hair extensions, and funky false eyelashes.
Best Morning-After Clean-up
Come November 1st, you’re probably ready to cleanse your skin and deep clean your hair. Try makeup remover wipes from Pacifica or Yes To, and though these Halloween makeup options will be far gentler on your skin than the traditional stuff, you may want to indulge in a deep-cleansing facial mask like Yes to Tomatoes’ Detoxifying Charcoal Paper Mask.
If you dyed your hair, try Shea Moisture African Black Soap Deep Cleansing Shampoo and follow it up with their Detox & Refresh Hair & Scalp Conditioner.
These are just a few of my favorite cruelty-free Halloween options. For a complete list, head to the Leaping Bunny, or download their app for your Apple or Android device for cruelty-free shopping on the go.
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