Building a Cruelty-Free Professional Makeup Kit

My kit has evolved over the years, but these are my tried & true favourite products for bridal, commercial & editorial makeup. I also included extras, which while optional, can turn you into the saving grace on set or in the bridal suite. I generally keep my kit quite compact & therefore these product recommendations are all options as opposed to requirements! I'm a huge fan of decanting products into clear tubes or containers, depotting palettes & taking advantage of travel sizes.

I keep all my products in two hard clear cases in a carry-on sized suitcase. I favour multi-use products which can be repurposed for a variety of uses.. & if you take anything from this, let it be that the one area you absolutely need to invest in is your skin prep & base items. Without a perfect canvas, any look you do will not reach its full potential!

Please note that brands with an asterisk (*) have a parent company which is NOT cruelty-free. 

Building a Cruelty-Free Professional Makeup Kit: Extras - Artistry by Jacquie, Ottawa Makeup Artist

Skin Prep:
Micellar Water - Boots, Marcelle (Canadian!)
Makeup Wipes - Ole Henriksen Cleansing Cloths
Exfoliant/Toner - Nip+Fab Glycolic Fix Pads
Serum - Ren Evercalm Anti-Redness for Reactive/Irritated Skin & Ren Flash Hydro-Boost for Dehydrated Skin
Moisturizer - Ole Henriksen Sheer Transformation for Dry-Normal Skin & Ole Henriksen Counter Balance for Combo-Oily Skin
Oil - Tarte Maracuja Oil
Eye Makeup Remover - Boots, Marcelle

Foundation - Graftobian HD Palettes, RCMA VK Palettes
Concealer/Corrector - Kryolan Dermacolor Palettes, Makeup Atelier Fluid Concealer, Yaby Correctors
Powder (Setting & Finishing) - Graftobian Powder Foundation, RMS Beauty "Un" Powder, RCMA No Color, Hourglass Cosmetics Ambient Lighting Powders (finishing)
Bronzer - Hourglass Cosmetics
Contour - RCMA Cream Contour Palette, Kat Von D Shade & Light (powder foundations also make great contour & bronzer!)
Blush - La Femme Cosmetics
Highlighter - Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kits, RMS Beauty Living Luminizer
Setting Spray - Skindinavia Bridal, Blue Marble, Ben Nye Final Seal

Building a Cruelty-Free Professional Makeup Kit: Blush - Artistry by Jacquie, Ottawa Makeup Artist

Eye Primer - Too Faced Shadow Insurance
Eyeshadow - Anastasia Beverly Hills, Stila Cosmetics, Kat Von D Shade & Light, Urban Decay (pressed pans, not palettes!)
Glitter/Pigments - Lit Cosmetics, Sugarpill
Cream Shadows/Gel Liner - Inglot, RMS Beauty Eye Polish
Eyeliner - Urban Decay 24/7, Marc Jacobs Highliners
Mascara - Urban Decay Perversion, Essence I Love Extreme Waterproof
Eyebrow Products - Essence Make Me Brows (dupe for Benefit Gimme Brow)
Fake Eyelashes & Glue - Look for human-hair varieties & latex-free lash glue.

Lip Balm - Farmacy Lip Bloom, Dr. Bronner's, Ilia Beauty Tinted Lip Conditioner
Lipstick - Bite Beauty
Lip Gloss - Milk Makeup Face Gloss (multi-purpose)
Lip Stain - Stila Cosmetics Liquid Lipsticks
Lip Pencils - Essence, Urban Decay

Building a Cruelty-Free Professional Makeup Kit: Eyes - Artistry by Jacquie, Ottawa Makeup Artist

Makeup Brushes
 - Morphe, Ecotools, Real Techniques (look for synthetics)
Cotton Pads
Disposable Applicators
Hand Sanitizer

Sponges - Alcone (latex-free)
Sharpener - NYX
Empty Palettes
Brush Cleaner
 - Cinema Secrets

Mehron Skin Prep Pro
(for sweat!)
Bobby Pins/Hair Clips/Elastics
Eye Drops
Hairspray & Brush
Body Oil
- Kopari Beauty
Oil Blotting Papers
Razors/Shaving Cream
Fake Tan
Nail Polish
(clear, baby pink, nude, red, black)
Hydrocortisone Cream
Brush Cups/Belt
Clear Cosmetic Bags
Hand Mirror
(for product decanting)

Don't forget to let me know your cruelty-free favourites in the comments!


* Links listed are affiliate links (but you know I always keep it real)!