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  • Melania Zilo

My Non-Toxic Makeup Routine

Updated: May 12, 2020

I've never been big on makeup for two reasons: It makes me feel sticky, and I know nothing about it. That being said, I have invested a lot of time perfecting my skincare routine and learning about what works best for me. That way, when the time comes for me to do my makeup, I can use as few products as possible.


I think makeup is such a beautiful form of self-expression and can mean something so different for each person. For me, it's about drawing attention to my features and honestly just giving my tired face some life. I love looking like I just spent the day at the beach, all glowy and sunkissed, but I've come to be comfortable enough in my skin to steer away from using makeup to cover up my blemishes (let's #normalizeacneplease). I have come to embrace and even accentuate the features that I've always been insecure of (my thick middle eastern brows, my broad forehead, my big cartoon-like eyes). My favorite makeup look is and bare skin with some shine here and there, but most importantly, clean.


Bare skin, baby. I have very dark under eyes (thank you genetics and insomnia), so concealer is my best friend. This is one area of my face that needs some extra love, so I use the W3ll People Bio Correct Concealer, which is something more high coverage (which we <3).

I use the Milk Makeup Lip+Cheek in the shade Swish on the apples of my cheeks, my nose, and then I bring it up to my under eyes. I do it messily to give it a more natural "burnt" look, and I use my fingers to dab it into my skin gently. If I'm going out at night, I switch the blush for Milk Makeup Matte Bronzer in the shade Deep Bronze. It blends so well, and it melts in the skin like butter. I apply this to my cheekbones and my jawline to further define my features.

I also always put highlighter on the tip of my nose, cupids bow, and cheekbones. (I'm still looking for a clean alternative, but have not found the perfect one yet)


Any clear gloss. I usually use the Glossier Gloss in Clear, but just ordered the iNN Beauty Lip Oil, and can't wait to try.


If I've learned anything, it's that brows are the most important part of your face. There is only one person on this planet allowed to touch my eyebrows (I love you @_skinclair). They can get a little crazy, but the Glossier Boy Brow (do you see a trend here?) always keeps them in line. I apply the product to my eyebrows, and then brush them out with a spooly.

I think it's so important to be mindful of the products we use. You wouldn't eat chemicals, so why the hell are you putting them on your face? Of course, you don't need to be doing this clean beauty thing perfectly (I certainly don't), but even just being aware and conscious is enough sometimes. There's always going to be that one product that you can't let go of, that's totally ok. If you want to make the transition to a cleaner makeup routine, start small! Do your homework when you pick out your next product, and look out for toxic ingredients such as parabens, benzophenone, and pthalates (these are my big 3, and the most common). Everything that we put on our face finds a way into our body (60% of the products we use are absorbed into the skin) so keep that in mind next time you click add to cart.

Love always,

Melania Zilo

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