The Ultimate Guide to a Sustainable Makeup Routine

Sustainable makeup collection

Here is the ultimate guide to transforming your makeup routine into a clean and sustainable collection.

Although always important, being sustainable has become an increasingly well-known trend in the last couple of years as we all stretch to save the planet.

There are many factors that contribute to a makeup product being sustainable.

Aspects to look for are sustainable packaging, whether it is refillable or made from recyclable materials.

Reduced water usage, and organically and naturally sourced ingredients are super important as well. You can usually find all this information in the product description and ingredients on the website.

Reading the ingredients list of every product you are considering buying is a great way to start.

Understanding the clear-cut meaning of sustainability can be challenging. Here at Bondi Beauty, we are helping guide you towards a more sustainable makeup collection and routine, starting with the beginning steps, primer and foundation.


Essential Daily Primer – Vapour Beauty

Girl carrying the Vapour Beauty Essential Daily Primer
Vapour Beauty Essential Daily Primer.

Vapour Beauty is a beauty brand that holds sustainability close to the heart of the brand. Vapour Beauty creates completely plant-powered formulas that aim to both enhance your features and protect the environment.

The award-winning and classic makeup brand has high-performing products thanks to the quality of the ingredients, concentration and sustainability. Vapour Beauty’s products are mostly anhydrous or waterless to avoid filler and stress on the world’s water supply.

The Essential Daily Primer hydrates and smooths all skin types. The cream formula makes for a lightweight and fresh application that lasts all day. It acts as a light moisturiser with Jojoba and Baobab and tones and clarifies with Cranberry and Ginger.

Part of Sephora’s clean initiatives, it is the perfect base for a foundation that locks in colours and keeps skin balanced through dry and humid conditions.

“Re” Evolve Radiance Locking Primer Refill – RMS Beauty

RMS beauty Re Evolve Radiance Locking Primer Refill
RMS beauty Re Evolve Radiance Locking Primer Refill.

RMS Beauty concentrates on making sustainable packaging and ingredients that are clean for your skin. RMS Beauty dropped some of the best products when it first entered the market in 2009.

The brand makes its products predominately with coconut oil. All pots are made with recycled glass, and their outer packaging is recyclable and simple.

RMS Beauty’s Radiance Locking Primer, also available in a refill, is one of the best gel-based primers, made for hydrating and nourishing while preparing your skin for a flawless makeup application. If you aren’t hooked already, the primer is cruelty-free, vegan, sulphate-free and fragrance-free.

The key ingredients are Tightenyl, an innovative and natural retinal-alternative and firm, tones, and smooth the skin. Vegetable squalene is a moisture-rich, plant-based ingredient that balances oil production.

And the eggplant fruit extract assists in improving the skin barrier. If you’re looking for a sustainably refillable option, this is a perfect choice.

The Beautiful Primer – Kjaer Weis

The Beautiful Primer by Kjaer Weis
Kjaer Weis The Beautiful Primer.

Kjaer Weis is at the heart of sustainable luxury beauty. While the brand is gorgeous, it is still high-performing and always provides a natural look. This is a perfect brand for someone looking for makeup light on the skin with a natural finish.

Although the compacts for their products are hefty, the purpose is to be reused. Kjaer Weis believes makeup should always be kind to your skin but also to the planet.

The Beautiful Primer is a multi-tasking, hydrating and radiance-boosting formula. It is a complexation-perfecting primer that smooths and brightens for the most radiant skin results, instantly and over time, with or without makeup.

It is made with lavender water that calms the skin, reducing redness and inflammation. The cold-pressed olive oil is what makes the formula so hydrating and lightweight, high in antioxidants. It also includes an extract of Achmella Splianthes Flower, known as nature’s botox, with skin-firming properties.


Fluff Beauty Foundation

Fluff Beauty Foundation
Fluff Beauty Foundation.

Fluff Beauty is an emerging makeup brand that has taken Australia by storm. Fluff Beauty says their products are all about keeping in simple in a way that’s good for your skin, your thoughts and the planet. They know is okay to feel more with makeup, as long as you don’t feel less without it.

Fluff is 100% vegan and is committed to no Palm-Oil. Their most defining feature is the refillable and recyclable packaging. Fluff Beauty is doing wonders for the beauty community and everyone.

Their involvement in being a member of 1% of the planet commits them to donate 1% of gross annual sales to environmental nonprofits. These include The Orangutan Project, Black Lives Matter, The Stand With Asians American Fund, Common Ground Australia, Change the Record, and the Balu Blue Foundation.

They offer the option to find your perfect shade and ask you about your skin type, what you are looking for in a foundation and your biggest skin concerns.

Sign up for their next beauty drop in July here

Cream Foundation – Kjaer Weis

Kjaer Weis Cream Foundation, metal foundation that slides out
Kjaer Weis Cream Foundation.

With over 241 reviews and an average of 4.8/5 stars, Kjaer Weis’ Cream Foundation is the one to choose.

This is great for anyone looking to build their coverage. The ultimate multitasker perfects any complexion or imperfections you are looking to cover while being a skin-caring, certified-organic skin protector.

If you are not an avid foundation user, it is also a great option for concealer. Combining this with their Beautiful Primer is sure to give a flawless makeup application that will impress everyone.

The rich formula of Sweet Almond Oil smoothes, soothes and moisturises, melting in the skin and giving undetectable coverage. Its compact packaging makes it easier to carry around with you and touch up on the go.

We would recommend this for fairer skin tones as their shade range is quite small.

“Re” Evolve Foundation – RMS Beauty

RMS beauty Re Evolve Foundation. most sustainable makeup
RMS beauty Re Evolve Foundation.

RMS Beauty’s “Re” Evolve Foundation is skincare infused foundation. The clean ingredients used by RMS make application easy and without the worry of clogging or setting off acne.  

The medium coverage foundation is super easy to blend. This power-packed formula hydrates, firms and softens through ingredients like Tightenyl, moisture-rich vegetable squalene, soothing aloe and the signature RMS adaptogenic herbal blend, bottled in their environmentally friendly packaging.

The signature Adaptogenic herbs help to balance, soften and hydrate the skin, making it feel like you aren’t even wearing foundation. Organic aloe also is rich in antioxidants and vitamins, smoothing the appearance of the skin while having soothing qualities.

Use one pump on the back of your hand or two for more coverage and blend into the skin using your fingers for a more natural finish or a brush for a fuller finish.

Amber Grech
Amber Grech

Writer and Video Producer

Amber is a writer and content producer who has a passion for reading, films and collecting vinyl records. You’ll can always find her with a book in hand, or with her headphones on, listening to her favourite music and podcasts. She loves all things entertainment and pop culture, especially movies, actors and books. It’s always been a dream of her's to work with actors and write about them, their work and travel the world.

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