Whether you are a simple lippy and mascara kind of gal who rarely dabbles in different looks or you adore full on makeup glam and wear makeup daily, you will have a lot of interest in this post. 

While most debates about make-up relate to star ratings based on longevity of wear and ease of application, little attention is given to choosing makeup based on the effect of their ingredients based on your skin type.



Many women complain of various skin ailments and conditions, but few recognise that the make-up products they wear frequently can be contributing to, or even causing, these issues. Long-lasting foundations, liquid lipsticks, glittery eye shadows, magic mascaras and full cover concealers all tend to contain a lot of chemical ingredients – most main stream branded products do anyway. 

Unfortunately, not all of these ingredients agree with our skin and they can lead to redness, bumps, lumps, spots, rashes and various other skin conditions. Here are 7 harmful ingredients you should be keen to avoid when choosing makeup products:



It’s crazy to think any ingredient containing the word “titanium” would be a regular feature in make-up formulas but this is one problematic ingredient. Titanium dioxide features as an ingredient in powders and foundations to deflect UV light. However effective it is at doing so, it also believed to have harmful carcinogenic effects. Listed in over 95% of all makeup available today on the market, we are so grateful to have found a brand that has a massive stand against it!



We freak out over reports of lead in our drinking water, but do you know how much lead is in the makeup products you use daily? Lipsticks and foundations often feature lead as an ingredient, indirectly rather than directly through contamination of colour additive ingredients. 

We don’t need to go too much into the incredibly harmful effects of lead, as we’re all aware of those horrors. Best thing to do is avoid use of makeup products that use colour additive pigments and opt for products with natural pigments instead. You don’t really want to be eating lead when you wear your gorgeous red lippy.

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BHA and BHT crop up among the ingredient lists for many products, with the purpose of serving as a preservative. Alarmingly enough, the products these chemicals feature in range from butter, chips and beer to eyeliners, eyeshadows, lip glosses and foundations. 

These chemical ingredients should not be consumed regularly over time, with links to hormone disruptions and skin allergies. Try to find alternative products that use natural preservatives instead like rosemary and vitamin E.



Parabens are not just a problem ingredient in skincare and haircare products as they are actually most frequently found in makeup products and cosmetics. These toxic chemicals can easily penetrate the skin and get into the blood stream from makeup products, leading to skin irritations and overall more serious health issues. Our advice? Get parabens out of your cosmetics cabinet.



Silicone based Siloxanes compounds are also ingredients you need to watch out for, particularly the toxic cyclopentasiloxane and cyclotetrasiloxane compounds. You often see these compounds listed as D4 and D5 and they are a prevalent feature in many makeup products. The toxic effects of these ingredients are believed to impact hormones and also affect your fertility.



Lip balms, nail varnishes and lots of makeup products can often include benzophenone among their formulas in an effort to keep the products from breaking down and attracting UV light. While they are effective in serving those purposes, this ingredient also has quite a few harmful effects on the skin and your health. It carries the reputation of a cancer-causing chemical and should be avoided at all costs.



You will often find hydroquinone (also listed as tocopheryl acetate) in foundations, highlighters and concealers that promise lightening and brightening effects. While effective at lightning the skin, it also has harmful toxic effects, and it is not an ingredient you want to frequently have contact with your skin due to its links to cancer and skin conditions.

It’s time to get a little wiser with your choice of makeup products. Get to know the ingredients and try to avoid any products which contain the above seven harmful chemicals.

Natasa Zaric