Geeta Nadkarni: Passionately Green

It’s funny because, although I consider myself a huge makeup aficionado, I don’t wear a ton of it. For me, makeup is like a painter’s paint; an invitation to play. The smell, feel and texture of lipstick is woven into many of my favourite childhood memories.

In recent years, I worked for CBC TV here in Canada and makeup became a daily necessity. For the first time, I wore foundation and blush every day. I began to notice how it affected my skin. How I’d sometimes get dry patches or how I’d lose lashes from rubbing mascara off at the end of the day.

Some of my concerns were aesthetic: I didn’t always like how a makeup artist made me look. Often, they didn’t have my exact shade (I’m Indian with a tricky warm/neutral base) or they’d insist on lipgloss that made me feel as if my lips were freakishly large (I prefer gloss just on my lower lip).

Some of my concerns were ethical: I didn’t want to be made pretty by cosmetics that had caused the suffering of other living beings. Sorry L’Oreal, I’m NOT worth it. No one is.

I also started worrying about health effects: I started reading up about how certain chemicals affected the body, as well as the looseness of regulation surrounding cosmetics testing. I’ve always been interested in the idea of prevention and alternative treatments that boost a body’s natural ability to heal itself, and I couldn’t help wonder what part my makeup played in my overall health.

One makeup artist I really liked said something to me that stuck: “Nobody knows your face the way you do,” she said. And so I made it my business to learn what worked for me, aesthetically, ethically and environmentally.

My stint as an environment reporter has made me a rabid label-reader and I’ve developed a decent radar for “greenwashing” (when companies pretend to be more natural or ethical than they really are). This blog is a project that I’d been thinking about for a long time. Meeting Amanda was the perfect catalyst to getting it all started!

Amanda Dafniotis: Green Rookie

Most can agree that you don’t need to spend a lot to look and feel like a million bucks. Well folks, I live by this motto. Finding your perfect look can be tricky, but not necessarily for financial reasons.

Over the years, I’ve gone through at least a dozen hair styles, and makeup looks, ranging from bare natural to over-the-top; finally finding my perfect look. On a typical day, I will opt for a youthful, fresh-faced look. This means using concealer and foundation to create a unified and blemish free look, and finishing it off with a light gloss to add some shine to my lips, and finally black mascara to highlight the eyes.

On a night out, adding some extra blush and eyeliner can be the extra dramatic effect needed to complete the polished look. My makeup routine is rather simple, and takes a maximum of ten minutes to perfect. With my university look in check, I realized that one thing was missing. There is a lot of talk about living a more healthy and eco-friendly lifestyle, but what does that even mean?

I’ve decided to make it my mission to learn more about being green and finding an easy way to incorporate healthier choices into my daily routine. Join me on this journey and give your makeup bag a makeover!


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