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Makeup artist and clean beauty specialist Merrady Wickes reveals her top all-natural picks.

Spend a day at VIOLET GREY, and you’ll hear many an inquiry about green beauty—even the most seasoned editors and artists in our community have expressed interest in cleaning up their routines. FAQs include how to identify a high-performance face oil; which natural products are best for finicky skin; and—always—is there a natural deodorant that actually works? (The answer is yes, and it’s amazing.)

Makeup artist and green beauty expert Merrady Wickes answers these questions and more as she shares her top picks, all of which provide luxurious clean beauty without compromising on performance.

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This handbag staple delivers creamy organic color to lips and cheeks in a warm pink-brown that flatters everyone. Wickes adds, “This was designed to be easily applied with your fingertips. You can blend onto the apples of cheeks and tap onto lips for a healthy, tawny effect.”

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Densely pigmented and formulated with wild bamboo for a silky finish, the Kjaer Weis eyeshadows are indistinguishable from their non-natural counterparts. 

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Cruelty-free silk is layered for a natural effect in these luxurious lashes, which are favored by red-carpet makeup artists. (Wickes recommends the Kennedy style for a look that’s glamorous but not over the top.)

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While this chamomile-infused moisturizer was created to soothe hyper-sensitive skin, the silky lightweight texture is ideal for everyday wear. “I recommend this for anyone looking for a great basic lotion, because whose skin isn’t stressed?” asks Wickes. “It also makes a great base for makeup.”

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The natural ingredients and dramatic efficacy of this evening oil have Wickes in their thrall. “Essences of night-blooming flowers and a dose of retinol soften fine lines, smooth skin texture, and brighten dark spots,” she reports.

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Aging, darkness, and puffiness are all addressed with this multitasking eye cream, which was created on a picturesque organic farm in Vermont. Wickes loves the pump dispenser, which makes the product extra easy to use and travel with.

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“Finding a natural deodorant that actually works is arguably the toughest green beauty challenge,” says Wickes. “I’ve tried literally dozens over the years, and this one is my holy grail.” This handmade/unisex organic formula keeps you fresh with just ten ingredients, including raw honey and coconut oil.

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The intoxicating aroma of the Hollywood Hills when jasmine season is in full bloom is captured in this vial of precious parfum oil. According to Wickes, “Organic perfumes are particularly difficult because people don’t want to smell too hippie-dippie. This one is incredibly luxe and the scent is unique on everyone who wears it.”

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