Vegan Makeup Has Come a Long, Long Way—and This Is Proof

While adhering to a vegan diet is (fairly) easy, ensuring that the contents of your makeup are vegan has historically been a bit more difficult. In fact, filtering your makeup search by “suitable for vegans” would once have yielded mere scraps, which is why we’re so pleased to report that the tide is changing. (Exhibit A: See what happened when deputy editor Shannon went completely vegan—with her beauty routine, at least—for a week.)




Vegan lip balms and lipsticks abound, and foundation, eye shadow, blush and mascara formulas are following suit. Kat Von D overhauled her entire eponymous makeup line to ensure that every product is 100% vegan, and even iconic beauty brands with global reach are dipping a toe in. With the hunt for vegan makeup ramping up—the past decade has seen a 350% rise in the number of people opting for a vegan lifestyle in the UK—we thought it high time we pulled together everything you need to know. Introducing the definitive Byrdie guide to vegan makeup…

Determined to switch up your kit after reading this? Look no further than our gallery of Byrdie-approved products to weave into your makeup bag, all from brands that are 100% committed to the vegan lifestyle.