Local Makeup Artist Shares her Favorite Vegan and Cruelty-Free Beauty Products

Be kind to your face and the planet with these vegan and cruelty-free make up products suggested by Ferndale-based beauty expert Jessica Haze.
Photograph courtesy of Jessica Haze

Vegan and cruelty-free products have become a norm within the beauty industry, coming in forms ranging moisturizers and concealers to eyeshadows and lipsticks — but that wasn’t always the case, says makeup artist and eyebrow specialist Jessica Haze.

The Australia-born, Ferndale-based beauty expert — who goes by Jessica Haze professionally — began her career in the makeup industry in 2005. She started off in bridal and event makeup, using products containing animal ingredients. Haze made the transition to using only vegan and cruelty-free products on her clients (and herself) around eight years ago. She now focuses on providing her services for fashion shows and editorial photoshoots.

Locally, folks can book an appointment at Haze’s microblading studio in Pleasant Ridge, and she also does brow shaping and laminating at Todd’s Room in Birmingham. Here, the beauty guru shares some of her favorite products that she uses in her own daily regimen.

The Lip Bar Exact Arch Micro Brow Pencil

Photograph by Gerard & Belevender; styled by Giuseppa Nadrowski

Haze swears by this jojoba and argan oil-infused product, saying it gives a “nice little extra definition” to her microbladed brows.

“I like all of my makeup to be very simple and effortless these days,” Haze says, which falls right in line with The Lip Bar’s “maximum impact, minimal effort” ethos. “I have been using their products in my kit for a long time.”

Get yours for $10 at The Lip Bar, 1435 Farmer St., Detroit, 313-952-5198; thelipbar.com

Mob Beauty Volumizing Mascara

Photograph by Gerard & Belevender; styled by Giuseppa Nadrowski

“This is my absolute ride-or-die mascara,” Haze says. “It creates really big, fluffy lashes, but the best thing about it is that it’s refillable.”

Indeed, its eco-friendliness makes this product a standout; the mascara refill is made with 100-percent post-consumer recycled plastic, and Mob Beauty claims it uses 75 percent less packaging material than the industry standard mascara.

Get yours for $24+ at Mob Beauty; mobbeauty.com.

Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Night Oil

Photograph by Gerard & Belevender; styled by Giuseppa Nadrowski

Before bedtime, apply a couple of drops of this Haze-approved, soothing night oil. “It’s a sleeping retinol oil that helps calm redness, even skin tone, and leave your skin brighter and more radiant,” she says.

Some of Luna’s key ingredients include trans-retinol, avocado and chia seed oils, and cape chamomile essential oil.

Get yours for $55+ at Sunday Riley; sundayriley.com.

Ilia Super Serum Skin Tint SPF 40

Photograph by Gerard & Belevender; styled by Giuseppa Nadrowski

“I’m completely obsessed with this ultra-dewy, radiant tinted moisturizer,” Haze says. “Not only does this sheer-coverage tint give the skin an amazing glow, but it also has skincare ingredients such as plant-based squalane and niacinamide to [smoothen] skin texture and improve elasticity.”

The multi-taking product has racked up 14 awards over the past three years. It has been named Best Blue Light Sunscreen by Health.com, Best Complexion Product by Editorialist, and Best Clean Foundation by both Allure and Glamour, to name a few.

Get yours for $48 at Ilia; iliabeauty.com.

Freck Beauty Cheekslime Lip & Cheek Tint

Photograph by Gerard & Belevender; styled by Giuseppa Nadrowski

Products that do double-duty as both a lipstick and blush have risen to popularity in recent years, and this item from Freck Beauty — which is infused with liquid plant collagen — is one Haze recommends adding to your beauty lineup.

“Another effortless product; I often reach for liquid and cream cheek products for a multidimensional glow from within,” Haze says. “[You can] create a sheer tint of color or a big pop, depending on your mood.”

Get yours for $22 at Freck Beauty; freckbeauty.com.

Jessica Haze collaborated with Mob Beauty to create a matte lipstick, five shades of cream eyeshadow, a cream blush, and a powder eyeliner. Working with the brand’s co-founder Victor Casale (the former chief chemist and managing director of MAC Cosmetics) and his team, Haze developed the products at the brand’s lab in Palm Springs, California. The lipstick, eyeshadow, and blush launched in late December at mobbeauty.com, and the eyeliner will be available at a later date.

Follow Haze on Instagram (@jessicahazemua), and learn more about her microblading services at jessicahaze.com.

This story is from the February 2023 issue of Hour Detroit magazine. Read more in our digital edition.