Mascara was one of the first products I “gave up” when switching over to green beauty. Why? Well, cause it goes ON YOUR EYES. And once I realized what I had been putting on (MY EYES!) for years, I was determined to do better for myself, even if that meant having naked lashes for awhile.

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Luckily, organic beauty has come a long way since then. The days of wishing and praying for beauty products that are natural AND work are almost over. We’ve made leaps and bounds in the last few years, and mascara is no exception.

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Here are my current favorite natural mascaras:

RMS Beauty: I pretty much require big, bold lashes if I’m going to bother putting on mascara at all, so I love this formula a bit more than I love the brush it comes with. I’ve tried the formula with thicker brushes and I love the effect. However, for the kind of girl who just needs a little touch up every now and again, this formula from RMS Beauty is perfect. Works great and doesn’t have a running problem like a lot of natural brands.

W3ll People: perfect for both tightening, shaping and building lashes, the high tech brush design precisely separates the thinnest, shortest, hard-to-reach lashes by expertly scooping up and lengthening each one. While it takes a few coats to get it on perfectly, each stroke delivers just the right amount of product.

Ilia: I love this formula for long, doe-like lashes. Ilia’s mascara is a bit watery but if you can be patient and let it dry for a minute after you apply it, you’ll walk away super satisfied. Reminds me a bit of the old mascara’s a used to love. Clump-free!

Antonym Cosmetics: are for both a daytime look or a nice night out. It lengthens, volumizes and separates lashes perfectly. You can go crazy for a bold effect or keep it cute and natural during the day.

Alima Pure: was the first natural mascara I switched to, and it’s still a cult favorite of mine (and my purse, beauty cabinet and random clutches where I always keep an extra!) It’s just the right amount of consistency for beautiful, natural looking lashes on the daily. Date night – here I come! Apply over any pair of fake lashes for the perfect blending effect. Are you Scarlet O’Hara or just happy to see me?

Lily Lolo: is my absolute favorite for long, luxe lashes! This formula/brush combo is impeccable. I barely wear any false lashes since this can get my lashes to look borderline faux! I have no idea what I would do without my Lily Lolo mascara! My only teeny tiny complaint is that by the end of the night, it does tend to get some clumps inside your eyeball if you apply it with a heavy hand. For beautiful lashes, that’s a mild annoyance for me, and one that I used to get with conventional mascara all.the.time. At least with this, you don’t have to worry about those clumps being toxic! This is my go-to mascara if I ever have an event, interview or live show! You just can’t beat it!

For more recommendations on my favorite beauty products, grab a copy of Cured by Nature!

With Love,

Tara