Decoding your Makeup

Ever wonder what all those labels mean on your makeup bottle? I’m here to help. These are the labels I was curious about and started to research. In general, they’re meant to help us make the right choice when choosing a product. Below I’ve detailed 5 labels, what they mean, and why they’re important to me.

PAO symbol– which is a small jar with a number and “M” after it. This represents the products expiration once it’s opened. Some products may have a “6M” meaning it is good for 6 months after opening the product. I always check this to see how long the product is going to last. This ensures I get the most bang for my buck.

Cruelty Free– which is a leaping bunny or bunny face. This means the product is certified cruelty-free and is rigorously tested. This means the products are certified to not have been tested on animals which is a common practice. You can find this on makeup and even makeup brushes. I started seeing this on makeup over a year ago and now I keep finding it more and more on products. This is important to me because I don’t want my products to be tested on animals. Brands like Tarte, Too Faced, NYX, Urban Decay, E.L.F. and Wet n Wild are all non-cruelty brands.

Vegan– this is something I recently learned after thinking cruelty free products were also vegan but that is not always the case. Vegan means the product contains no animal products in the product. That means even beeswax. If you want a truly vegan product look for the Certified Vegan symbol. This ensures that the ingredients used in the product are all vegan. Brands like Cover Fix, Kat Von D Beauty, Glossier, Jeffree Star Cosmetics, E.L.F., and Milk offer vegan products.

Recycling arrow triangle– this is especially important for knowing how to properly dispose of your product. This symbol means the container is recyclable. Not all containers will be and it’s important to understand what you can actually recycle. Manufacturers also may include below the triangle which part of the container is recycle because all of it may not be, such as the cap. I’m trying to be much more conscience of what I am recycling and throwing out. Some brands are even starting their own recycling programs. MAC has their “Back to MAC Recycling Program”, which gives you a free lipstick if you return 6 primary packaging containers (the packaging that encases the product like a lipstick tube).

SPF– if you want sunscreen in your makeup look for SPF on the product. SPF products will help protect you from UVA and UVB rays which can prematurely age you skin and may lead to cancer. I always want SPF in my products.

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