2016 Beauty Trends: Cruelty-free Style Vol. 2!

Last week here on beautyforgood.net we explored a couple of the 2016 trends for eye looks, blue eye shadow and glitter.  Love them both.  This week, we’ll be expanding our beauty horizons to focus our attention farther south.

In 2015 we added “strobing” to our beauty vocabulary.  All reports suggest that strobing should be listed in your beauty thesaurus under highlighting, the strategic placement of light to the high points of the face.  For 2016, it appears that an all-over glow is the way to go.  Luckily, there are some ways to achieve this effect without having a dab hand with the highlighter brush.

There are some lovely base products that give a luminous finish, oftentimes in the BB and CC cream family.  One of the nice things about these sorts of products is that they let your skin show through so you don’t look too makeup-y.

ELF BB Cream

Pur Minerals CC Cream

If you’re already happy with your base or like a bit more coverage, you can always go the route of using a luminizing primer underneath your favorite products.  I like to use ones that are more serum-y or gel-like.

100% pure luminous primer, It Feel the Moment Hydrating Serum

Personally, I have to use a very light hand with these kinds of primers as my skin is oily and my pores are prone to clogging.  So, another alternative is to use a setting spray that adds a bit of illumination as a finishing touch.  That way, you get the glow, but you also get the added advantage of makeup that lasts a bit longer than it might otherwise.

Pur Minerals Miracle Mist, ELF Illuminating Mist and Set


Now for the lips!  I am pleased to report that the dark, vampy lip does not seem to be going anywhere.  But, another trend that seems to be coming our way this year is for a slightly brighter lip look.  The cherry/apple red lip.

There are tons of cruelty-free options for rocking the red lip!  From the glossy / balmy…

Sonia Kashuk Sheer Rouge
Sonia Kashuk Shine Luxe Lip Color in Sheer Rouge
ELF Cosmetics Red XO
ELF Lip Kiss Balm in Red XO

… to the full on glam…

Hourglass Icon
Hourglass Extreme Sheen High Shine Lip Gloss and Panoramic Long Wear Lip Liner both in Icon
OCC Lip Tar in NSFW
Too Faced Melted Ruby
Too Faced Melted Long Wear Liquid Lipstick in Melted Ruby

… and everything in between.

Milani Matte Iconic, Milani Matte Confident
Milani Color Statement Moisture Matte Lipstick in Matte Iconic and Matte Confident
ELF Rich Red
ELF Matte Lip Color in Rich Red
Essence Dare to Wear
Essence Longlasting Lipstick in Dare to Wear 03
Sonia Kashuk Rosey Nude
Sonia Kashuk Velvety Matte Lip Crayon in Rosey Nude


I hope these posts have been useful and given you some ideas for the new year.  Happy 2016, everyone!

*These are only my opinions, formed through my personal experience as a consumer.  I am not a doctor, an aesthetician or a professional makeup artist.  I cannot guarantee what effect, positive or negative, these products may have on anyone else.

**All products were purchased by me from brands that, to the best of my knowledge, are cruelty-free.

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