Makeup Artist Paige Padgett Gives Eco-Friendly Makeup Tips
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On November 13, the 18th Annual Environmental Media Association Awards will be handed out, and one of the three green makeup artists on hand to make everyone look gorgeous is Paige Padgett.
Makeup, as we know, can pose some serious environmental and health threats. Putting loads of chemicals on our skin, which absorbs a significant portion of what it comes into contact with, is really not the smartest idea. That’s why going green with makeup is important, and why Padgett is making a fuss over famous faces in a couple weeks.
But until then, she has some great tips on how to green up your makeup.
Paige has made it her goal to be environmentally conscious in her work, investigating ingredients, packaging and chemicals. "My brand of beauty is eco-consciouswith respect to the environment and the individual. I call it Smart Beauty."
Here are Padgett’s top three tips:
1) Read labels. Shopping for cosmetics is like shopping for groceries. You have to read the ingredients. Chemicals to watch out for: A. Parabens--a preservative linked to breast cancer, weight gain and hormone disruption. Its prefixes are ethyl, methyl, butyl, isobutyl or propyl. B. Talc--contains a chemical that is similar to asbestos and can increase the risk of certain ovarian cancers. C. Fragrance--this term is used to mask hundreds of chemical ingredients including phthalates which disrupts the endocrine system and may cause reproductive and developmental harm.
2) Plan ahead. Make shopping easier by checking online first for chemically safe companies at SafeCosmetics.org or check brands and ingredients on the Environmental Working Group's Skin Deep database at CosmeticDatabase.com
3) Trash disposables. Purchase organic cotton wash clothes and natural sponges that you can wash and reuse.
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