Natural make-up – it just gets better and better

Couleur Caramel make-up launch

Think natural make-up is a bit iffy? It’s time to throw that misconception out the window. Last week I had the pleasure of having my make-up done with Couleur Caramel – a relatively new, fabulous French natural make-up brand. And then the next day discovered new products by Green People at eco-beauty shop, SoOrganic, all of which made me go mmmm.

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Everything I saw used high quality natural ingredients like organic beeswax, jojoba oil and shea butter in place of mineral oils (i.e. petrochemicals) and synthetic ingredients that may clog skin and cause irritation.

The new HydraCotton Foundation by Couleur Caramel is super moisturising on skin and would be great for sensitive skins. They call it ‘treatment make-up’ because it’s so kind on skin with antioxidants and essential fatty acids that have moisturising and anti-inflammatory properties.

Mix it with the White Base – a brilliant primer – and you’ve got instantly brighter skin that people actually notice and comment on. Make-up artist Angela Davis-Deacon who specialises in green beauty says she always mixes foundations with that base for a luminous glow.

To cover imperfections, you must try Green People Concealer – the perfect sticky, dense texture you need from a concealer stick. And their compact foundations are great too – flat without the sheeny bits you get with mineral make-up.

I discovered the Green People products after noticing how pristine the make-up on SoOrganic founder, Sam Burlton looked – she was wearing the Green People foundation. Do check out the SoOrganic shop and spa treatment rooms if you’re in lovely Greenwich or shop online – www.soorganic.com – they have the best eco-beauty.

So that was my week of discovering fab new natural make-up. I also have Dr. Hauschka eyeshadows arriving this week so watch this space.

Out now: Neal’s Yard Remedies make-up

Neals Yard Remedies makeup

British natural beauty brand, Neal’s Yard Remedies‘ make-up collection is on shelves now – the first cosmetics line with the Soil Association seal of organic approval. The range is a simple offering of three eye pencils, four mineral eye shadows and six lip glosses and took a few years to develop because it’s so difficult to create organic make-up.

I talked to Lou Green, Head of Sustainability at Neal’s Yard, to understand why it’s such a mean feat.

“We had to challenge convention and challenge why certain ingredients are used and offer alternatives. Mineral oils and paraffin are so cheap and it’s what everyone uses but it’s an oil base so we replaced that with an organic plant oil. And we replaced talc with cornstarch, which actually works beautifully and created an organic lip gloss base with our suppliers in Gujarat.”

Synthetic fragrances were out, and essential oils were in giving products a gorgeous sweet smell. Standard preservatives out and combinations of white tea powder and vitamin E used instead for their preserving power.

Not all the ingredients can be organic because anything that’s not farmed – e.g. minerals or water, by default cannot be organic. Instead they have to meet high ecological standards in processing, environmental impact, biodegradability, among others.

So what are the results like? Well, the lip glosses are an absolute pleasure to use with a subtle orange scent thanks to the sweet orange peel. The eye pencils are perfect for day wear – you may not get a Twiggy smoky eye but add a dab of  mineral eye powder and you could be on your way. They are great for sensitive eyes and the eco-credentials are seriously impressive. Well done Neal’s Yard.

Mineral Eye Shadow, £10.25/Colour Lip Gloss, £9/Eye Liner, £9

Available in stores and www.nealsyardremedies.com