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Janelle Monáe’s makeup artist Jessica Smalls suggests six products for getting a clean, green beauty routine like her Grammy-nominated client. “We’re becoming more conscious of what we put on our bodies,” Smalls says.
1. Mayamam Weavers
Smalls recommends these carryalls colored with nontoxic dyes; $42, mayamamweavers.com.
This staple tool made from nontoxic dye and 100 percent recyclable material is easily washed for reuse, unlike wedges tossed after a few applications; $20, violetgrey.com.
Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation (in Almond) is free of nanoparticles of silver, zinc oxide and iron oxide, which studies have found can penetrate cells, creating carcinogenic free radicals; $46, hourglasscosmetics.com.
Stay Woke Luminous Brightening Concealer, which Monáe wears in Brown Sugar, is formulated without D5, a hydrating, silky silicone banned in the EU that can accumulate in the water supply and become toxic to animals; $25, ulta.com.
5. 100 Percent Pure
Unlike many companies that use coal tar to pigment mascara, the Fruit Pigmented Ultra- Lengthening Mascara in Smalls’ kit utilizes black tea, cocoa and berries to add thickness to lashes; $26, 100percentpure.com.
Smalls uses Lip Color in O.G. Red for Monáe’s signature bold lip look, which is free of mineral oil, a toxic byproduct of gasoline distillation; $24, sephora.com.
This story first appeared in the May 29 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.
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