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New wave cosmetics: clean and green

Kristen Kipouropoulos

Superfood cafes seem to be popping up in every suburb and many skin care brands are taking note.

It is up to each of us to decide what ingredients we want to see in our cosmetics, but here some skin-loving brands that you can look into next time you’re on the hunt for new makeup. They are clean and green, and they’re killing the game.

The catch, you ask? There is none… these brands perform just as well as, if not better than, their generic cosmetic counterparts. All of these products can be found in Canberra or easily sourced online, and none of them test on animals.

ILIA is all about high-performing makeup that is good for your body and the environment. The line is laced with up to 85% certified-organic botanicals and pure ingredients that do wonders for your skin. On top of that, ILIA take an ethical and sustainable approach to its packaging, making it as recyclable as possible. Their large range of products makes it easy to find something to fall in love with.

ILIA’s Tinted Lip Conditioner is packed full of hydration and adds a subtle sheen to the lips. Available at Mecca Cosmetica, Canberra Centre.

MG Naturals is a small Australian brand whose whole line is hydrating, soothing and healing. The line excludes any nasties that may damage your skin, and is also non-irritating and absolutely toxic-chemical free. Plus, the addition of their vegan range makes them super inclusive! If you’re purchasing online, their samples make it simple to try before you buy.

A hero product of their range is their ‘Organic Airbrush Miracle Foundation’. The vegan, medium-coverage formula is hydrating with a silky finish. Available online at

RMS Beauty is a major player in the clean makeup game. Their products are formulated with not only organic but also raw and food-grade ingredients, maintained in their most natural state possible.

By keeping these ingredients in a pure state, RMS Beauty products harness the natural healing properties of the ingredients they are using. They care about the earth too! All RMS Beauty product packaging is minimal, and all of it is biodegradable, recyclable or can be reused.

For a gentle introduction to RMS, pick up one of their ‘Signature Set’ palettes. With two shade ranges to choose from, the palette can take you anywhere from a soft daytime glow to a full glam makeup look. Available at Mecca Cosmetica, Canberra Centre.

The Body Shop’s beauty range is 100% cruelty-free and also excludes parabens, petrolatum, gluten or mineral oil. They have an expansive range of products, meaning it’s easy to stock up on all the essentials for your makeup bag in the one place.

With every possible formula to choose from, The Body Shop have you covered when it comes to eyeliner. With intense black pigment and a matte finish, the Liquid Liner is our choice for a precise, smudge-resistant wing.

Head to The Body Shop, Canberra Centre to try it out for yourself.


Kristen Kipouropoulos

Kristen is a student at ANU, studying Commerce and International Relations. Born and raised in Melbourne, she's a passionate Canberra-convert, who takes any chance to boast to her friends back home about the capital. When she's not cramming for exams you can catch her rock climbing, playing double bass, and perfecting her winged liner. More about the Author

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