With over 20 years experience, Ministry&Makeup provides professional makeup and ministry services. The company focuses on using clean and/or organic makeup whenever possible, eco-friendly and sustainable tools and business practices. Ministry&Makeup was created to be able to help any person have the event of their dreams. We are all inclusive and believe that love is love! We are a proud member of The Green Wedding Guild and a Wedding Wire 2022 Couples Choice Award vendor.
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Easing Your Way Into Clean or Organic Makeup: Part 1
How easy is it to find clean or organic makeup? VERY!
More than a decade ago, buying organic makeup meant going to places like Whole Foods to find a very limited selection and a (usually) not so pretty tester unit from which to choose. If you wanted to partake in the mineral makeup craze, this meant a trip to the Body Shop or Bare Minerals at the mall (or the airport).
In the last several months alone, some high end brands have jumped on board with a clean makeup arm to their already popular, albeit fairly expensive, traditional product line ups (Chanel and YSL). Bobbi Brown, who sold her namesake company to Estée Lauder years ago, has launched a clean brand called Jones Road Beauty. As an artist who tries to use clean or organic makeup whenever possible, I quickly purchased the Miracle Balm in Dusty Rose ($38, left) and about 10 makeup pencils ($25 each and the sharpener is sold separately) which can be used as foundation, concealer, eye shadow base, eye shadow and contouring, if that’s your jam. If the company is woman or minority owned and clean/organic, I am even more likely to buy products to see if they will become staples in my kit.
Finding affordable, clean and/or organic makeup is becoming easier. Organic makeup contains no preservatives, so it has an extremely limited shelf life. “Organic” makeup tends to be pricier than “clean” makeup. Paying more for something that you may not use everyday is probably not the best way to go. However, there are some clean brands that are relatively inexpensive and, for staples that you would use everyday, they might be worth considering.
Major drugstore brands like Maybelline are also now coming out with “clean” makeup like some of their competitors who were already selling some clean makeup products (Neutrogena, Physician’s Formula and Almay), making it easier and easier to find clean makeup without trying too hard.
As a side note, a product can be clean without being organic but an organic product is always be clean and this is where reading a label comes in—start by reading the label!
WHAT TO LOOK FOR!
The last time I was in Target, I noticed they started using their own “green” logo to indicate makeup products that are clean. Minimally, this should mean no phthalates, parabens or sodium laureth sulfate (SLES). “Clean” and “organic” are different things. Target carries the organic brand W3ll People and I feel some of it is fairly priced for organic makeup. The $20+ mascara may give some people pause because the recommended usage of mascara is three months (I know, I know) which means more than $80 a year just for mascara. The 5 pan eyeshadow palette is also around $20, so things kind of even out a bit.
The “Leaping Bunny” means the product and the ingredients that go into the product are cruelty free. This is a great start into clean and the picture of the Leaping Bunny is usually found on the back of the packaging.
Beautiful work with a very fair price
Amy was fabulous–my trial was included in my package (which is often not the case) and she came to my home which was very convenient. I felt so comfortable with Amy, as she allowed an open space to share what I’m looking for on my wedding day. Amy has a perfect eye for the natural look and I loved being able to openly share if I preferred a certain color, shade, etc. I would HIGHLY recommend this service to anyone (wedding, special event, so on). – Kristen B, married on 09/26/2020
A: Amy Fletcher, Founder, Owner, Artist and Non-Denominational Minister
Q: What’s a fun fact about yourself?
A: I am kind of a nerd. When I get into something, I can REALLY get into it. For example, I love irises of all kinds but especially tall bearded irises. I have close to 100 varieties and I have started hybridizing my own as a hobby. I hope to one day create some that are good enough to register and show!
Q: What is your favorite thing about elopements?
A: The spontaneity and the chance it gives a couple to feel unburdened by a traditional wedding.
Q: Is there a wedding detail on your bucket list?
A: I would love for a couple to call or email me and say, “We want to get married right now. TODAY!!! Can you help?” In a swirled mix of spontaneity and love, I marry the couple and the rest is history.
I was the officiant as well as the makeup artist! Photo by Leah Marie Photography + Stationery at Fearrington House, Pittsboro