Natural Makeup

I don’t wear makeup often, but when I do I’m asked what kind I use. I wear natural makeup products and probably apply makeup less than once a month. In general it’s for an evening out, though sometimes for a daytime work event. Although I don’t mind getting dressed up and wearing fun outfits now and then, I don’t particularly enjoy getting made up, so I keep my makeup routine incredibly short and sweet, and use only natural products.

Here’s a guide to looking your best using natural makeup products! I want to help you do so with as little fuss, and chemicals as possible. I hope you enjoy this peek at all of my healthy natural beauty secrets!

Natural Makeup


I like Juice Beauty’s Mineral Moisturizer (Sand) as it tends to be oily and I have very dry skin. It’s also fantastic because it has SPF 30, great for protecting my middle aged skin from harsh mountain sun rays.

I used to apply Alchemy Foundation Powder (Mt. Alice) for formal events when I was going for a matte look. I don’t use it much anymore, but I like to keep it on hand just in case.


I dot a bit of this RMS Concealer (Color 11) under my eyes to minimize the appearance of dark circles, though I find that when I adhere to a strict Ketogenic Diet, I don’t need to use it as the puffiness and dark circles under my eyes go away. I use triangular sponges to spread the concealer, and rinse them with soap and water after each use to extend their lifespan.


I’ve been using the Jane Iredale line for quite some time because it’s a non-toxic and fairly natural makeup. I apply this Jane Iredale Blush (Dubonnet) with this brush, then I blend it with a cute little kabuki brush.


First I apply eye liner right above the base of my eye lashes. I use the dark brown from this Jane Iredale Eye Shadow Trio (Triple Cognac) applied with an eye liner brush, or a Jane Iredale Eyeliner Pencil (Black-Brown). I use this eye pencil sharpener to sharpen my eye pencils when they get dull.

As an eye shadow base I apply this Jane Iredale Lid Primer (Petal). It’s moisturizing and makes a great canvas for applying a light touch of natural eye shadow. I probably have more eye shadows than any other make-up product in my make-up drawer. I love this Jane Iredale Eye Shadow Trio (Triple Cognac) in very natural tones that highlight my eyes. If I want to be a bit more daring, I use either of these shimmery metallic tones Jane Iredale 24-Karat Gold Dust Shimmer Powder (Gold) or Bare Minerals Eye Shadow (True Gold).

Finally, I apply just a touch of mascara to my lashes. I only use a little bit because my eye lashes are naturally dark and thick and I like to keep my look subtle and simply enhance my features. I wear Jane Iredale Longest Lash Thickening and Lengthening Mascara (Espresso). Be careful with mascara because many contain wheat or gluten.

I use organic cotton swabs to touch up the make up around my eyes after I’ve applied it all.


Finally, I brush on a smooth coat of lip gloss. I love Buxom (Dolly) for day or night. I also use Bare Minerals Marvelous Moxie (Dare Devil) or Mineral Fusion (Glisten). Another fantastic and incredibly healing product is Rebecca’s Apothecary Lip Gloss (Citrus Pink) which has a castor oil base.


I keep all of my make up clean and organized in one drawer in the bathroom in these adorable bamboo containers. I use a p-touch to label my make up with the date in an unobtrusive spot, so that I know how old products are. I replace most items once a year.

Make-up is a very small part of my beauty routine. For me, getting a great night of sleep is far more important than any product money can buy. Gentle exercise and a clean diet are also at the top of my beauty tip list. Since I don’t like wearing make-up, I don’t own a lot of it, and all of the make-up you see in the photo above is all of the make-up I own. I’d rather spend money on good organic food than additional colors of eye shadow. In addition, I am a minimalist and I believe that less is more!

When you see pictures of me working out at the gym on Instagram my face is completely free of any product whatsoever. I will not wear makeup when I work out because it clogs my pores and does not let me detox properly via working up a good clean sweat! When I’m outdoors walking or hiking I do wear Vanicream Zinc Oxide (SPF 50+) to protect my skin against sun damage.

An important part of my health and beauty care is to go to the dermatologist every other year for a routine skin cancer check. Since I have the BRCA gene, I have an increased risk of skin cancer so this is important. I haven’t been to a cosmetic dermatologist, and I haven’t ever gotten Botox or fillers, but I wouldn’t judge people that use different methods than I do to look and feel their best. I do get a facial a few times a year and only go to spas that uses natural products from skincare lines such as Naturopathica, which is very pure.

Bottom line? I believe in feeling your best by being your best, and I use makeup as a tool to enhance my features, not to cover anything up.


36 responses to “Natural Makeup”

  1. Would love to see any updates on your skin care regime, Elana. I, too, am reevaluating the products I use and your site is a big factor in that decision.

    • Sunny, thanks for your comment! If you click the highlighted link that says “bamboo containers” in the section of this post called “Organizing” you will be taken to a place to purchase them :-)

  2. HI Elena,
    Thanks for all your helpful articles and recipes, I’ve been making your recipes for several years now, and just came across this post! I’ve been using more “natural” products for years, but recently found out that things are not always as they appear with ingredients (ie, “paraben free” isn’t necessarily the case since raw ingredients use in products can be pre-treated with parabens to preserve them). I found a company called Beautycounter and fell in love with it so started working for them! I wondered if in your research you’ve come across it? All ingredients are screened for safety and contaminants, and the company is also trying to change the industry by encouraging Congress to pass more health-protective laws for the skin care industry as a whole. I still can’t believe in this day and age we have to worry about most of the skin products in stores!

    • Rebecca, thanks for your comment! Yes, I was contacted by someone very close to the founder when it launched :-)

  3. I enjoyed reading this post which caused me to re-evaluate my own skin care products. Now I am curious, Elana, about what you use to remove your make up.

    I continue to be amazed and challenged by your recipes and blog after several years. Thanks for your thoughtful writing!

          • Hi! Wondering if you had a chance to share this recipe for homemade facial cleanser for makeup removal? (I also have MTHFR!) Would also love to hear what shampoos/conditioners you like (mentioned in another post’s comments as a future post?) Thanks for all the info you share!! Huge help. :)

          • Jan, sorry I’ve been so slow to post these items! I will do my best to catch up and get them shared here :-)

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