When it comes to makeup, check PETA’s database of cruelty-free brands to ensure that you don’t support one that tests on animals, and check ingredients to make sure that the product you’re using is vegan (no animal-derived ingredients). We’ve even included a little cruelty-free cosplay inspo from the master of special effects makeup, Joo Skellington. (His transformation will leave you completely and utterly shook.)
That’s not CGI, folks. You can watch as Skellington transforms himself into a lion right before your eyes using all-vegan cosmetics and products that are certified cruelty-free. Although his captivating costume looks realistic, the materials he uses to turn into the king of the jungle are free of real fur. Make sure that your cosplay is as compassionate as it is cool by using cruelty-free special effects products and materials, such as the ones you’ll find on this page.
Here are our picks for the best vegan and cruelty-free makeup brands for cosplay:
Theatrical and Professional Makeup
Try these brands for serious transformations:
This brand offers a one-stop shopping site for all your cosplay makeup needs. This cruelty-free maker of theater makeup will help you transform into your favorite character. Always check product ingredients to ensure that they’re vegan.
This line of high-quality makeup is entirely vegan. We recommend its effective Skin Illustrator On Set Palettes to make your cosplay dreams come true. Check out its Instagram page, and be fascinated by the transformative powers of this product line:
The Kryolan website features a huge array of contouring shades to help perfect your look.
This Los Angeles–based company supplies Hollywood with special-effects makeup. You can also purchase its products at Sephora.com.
This makeup brand is entirely vegan, so there’s no need to check the list of ingredients on its products.
This professional makeup brand carries products like pressed powder eyeshadow, matte gel eyeliner, and high-pigment vegan lipstick.
Although these cosmetics companies don’t specialize in theatrical makeup, their bold pigments and long-lasting formulas are perfect for your cosplay adventures. And you can get them at your local drugstore or mall.
We’re in love with all of wet n wild’s vegan brushes.
Under the “SHOP” tab on Urban Decay’s homepage, you’ll find the word “VEGAN.” Click on it to view all the brand’s goodies that are free of animal-derived ingredients.
Take a look at Tarte’s vegan products page for some bold eyeshadows, eyeliners, and mascara as well as makeup remover wipes for the end of the day.
NYX standouts include glittery eye and lip products and pigments to use for face paint—it’s a great go-to for cosplayers.
When it comes to bright and bold colors, Lime Crime is a great bet. The possibilities are endless with this all-vegan brand.
Sugarpill offers vegan makeup brushes and false lashes as well as a variety of glittery shades that are perfect for an Elsa or a Harley Quinn.
Other noteworthy cruelty-free brands include Jesse’s Girl, L.A. Colors, Physicians Formula, and Manic Panic. And for more ideas, check out our list of makeup brands that are completely vegan and cruelty-free. See you at the next Comic-Con!