Glitter is a staple in any holiday beauty look—but have you ever stopped to think about what happens to your glittery red lip after you wash it off at the end of a long night? Just this week, headlines across the world covered the news concerning scientists calling for an outright global ban of plastic glitter because of it’s impact on our oceans and water supply. 

If you’re trying to make your beauty routine a little cleaner or more eco-friendly, this news can make it feel like your days of having fun with bold colors and glittery textures is over. That’s not true. 

Here are the best tips for nailing a bold and festive holiday makeup look with sustainability and health in mind.  

Biodegradable Glitter does exist—but it’s expensive and hard to find. That’s why so many brands still use the stuff made from plastic.Check out  Beauty Counter’s new Eye Sparklers Palette. Ethically-sourced mica looks just like glitter, but with irregular and smaller flecks. It can be layered to get a dramatic metallic sheen, or lightly pressed on lids or lips for a hint of shimmer. I like using my fingers, not brushes, anytime shimmery flecks are involved to ensure it gets placed right where it needs to and stays there. Product Image

Start with Skin

The chicest makeup in the world won’t look that way if the skin underneath is dehydrated, flaky, or otherwise irritated. “I think it’s important to take care of yourself because the holiday season is so busy,” . Her best advice? “Use peels during the week so your skin stays bright. So when you go to put makeup on, your skin looks really cared for.” Sheet masks are often the skincare product of choice before a big event, but the individually-wrapped masks are a masterclass in waste. Instead, choose a hydrating mask housed in an aluminum tube or a glass jar (we love Summer Fridays Jet Lag Mask).  Summer Fridays - Jet Lag Mask 2.25 oz/ 64 g Clean at Sephora

You don’t need glitter or mica to shine. Glossy textures photograph really well,. Applying a balm on the eye that is transparent gives a glossy effect when photographed without having to put on heavy eyeshadow. This can be as simple as swiping a clear natural lip balm such as e.l.f. Cosmetics Pout Perfecter {only $3} over your favorite eyeshadow or on a bare lid. Or choose a colorful lip gloss and apply it on your lips, eyes, and cheeks. Sheer balms and glosses are not going to have the longest wear but it will look decadent on skin in holiday party photos. 


Cleanse Wisely

Makeup wipes are quick and convenient, especially after a long night of champagne. But they’re often not biodegradable, compostable, or even recyclable. In fact, they’ve been deemed one of the worst beauty offenders in terms of their eco impact. “Makeup wipes are something I am really passionate about. As a makeup artist you are going through a lot of wipes,”. ” Beautycounter’s wipes are biodegradable and really great for touch ups. If you’re at a party and you’re having a really nice time, keep them on your nightstand so you can lean over and pull one out before bed.” Drugstore brands Almay and Simple have both recently launched biodegradable and compostable wipes. Another option would be to use a cleansing oil to remove your makeup, like Take It All Off! from Perfect Face Club, Oil free makeup remover for eyes, face and lips. This refreshingly gentle liquid effectively cleanses and soothes as it instantly removes all traces of makeup. Ideal for all skin types.

Happy Holiday’s