Our Product Guide For A Minimalist, Non-Toxic Makeup Bag

Reducing your makeup collection can free up a lot of space, money, time and worry. Read on to find out what we keep in our minimalist, toxin-free makeup bag.

Minimalist, Non-Toxic Makeup Bag Products

Makeup bags are generally a pretty easy place to remove toxins and declutter excess products from. If you’re yet to minimise your makeup bag, you can probably already think of a few products in your collection that you haven’t used in a long time. If you’re using mainstream brands, it’s also a huge way to reduce the number of chemicals you are applying to your skin on a daily basis.

Without further ado, check out all of our minimalist, non-toxic and plant-based makeup bag product recommendations below!

Makeup Removal Wipes


The WOTNOT Facial Wipes for Sensitive Skin are extremely handy in so many ways! I use them along with a cotton bud to clean up eye makeup or for facial cleansing when I need a quick option. I also use them for body cleansing during long-haul travel.

Makeup Brushes


EcoTools create eco-friendly makeup brushes without the use of animal hair. They are also extremely affordable. I particularly like their EcoTools Mystic Luxe Duo Set with double-ended brushes, as this saves on a little space and having to own quite so many brushes. They also come with a small bag to keep them in.

Brow & Lash Comb


I use the Eco Tools Lash & Brow Groomer Brush mostly to separate lashes after applying mascara, particularly when I’ve applied a few extra coats on special occasions. It fits nicely in the same bag as my other makeup brushes which means it doesn’t take up any extra room.



I’ve once again tried a whole bunch of foundations over the years, and have found that baked mineral foundation provides the best results in terms of coverage. It’s also handy in that you can wear it lightly should you not need to cover up so much, or build it up when you’re having a bad skin day. The Inika Baked Mineral Foundation range offers an excellent formula that is also non-comedogenic, meaning it will not cause breakouts.

Eye Liner


I have tried every eyeliner out there including The Quick Flick and various liquid liners. Due to having fairly hooded eyelids, I find it tough to find an option that stays on and doesn’t take ages to apply. That was until I found the Inika Pencil Eyeliner in Coco, which when applied and smoked out a bit over the eyelids, has the best staying power and doesn’t noticeably transfer or crease. I use this product as both a liner and an eyeshadow (when blended out).



I have tried my fair share of different mascaras over the years and have found the Inika Mineral Long Lash Mascara in Black to be the most reliable and effective of the bunch, with good coverage and staying power!



I have found decent success with the Elate Creme Revealer Concealer. It manages to significantly downplay scarring and blemishes, though does not completely hide them (I’m yet to find a concealer that can). It provides a solid concealer base however that can be built on with foundation to more fully hide blemishes.

Nail Polish


I just keep one nail polish in my makeup collection and the only reason is to keep me from nail biting which I tend to do if my nails are left bare. Because of this, I just opt for a simple, clear polish in the form of Raww Nail Polish Toughen Up Base Coat.

Nail Polish Removal Wipes


I keep a pack of Kester Black Nail Polish Remover Wipes around in case I ever need to remove and reapply nail polish.

Pencil Sharpener


To sharpen my eye liner pencil, I use the Benecos Cosmetic Pencil Sharpener which I find both good quality and affordable.


I use one bag to store both my toiletries and makeup. It’s an old bag that’s no longer for sale, and is just a mainstream brand of no particular significance. I’m still searching for a good option here made with sustainable materials and will update this post when I find one!

What about...


My chosen sunscreen acts as a perfectly suitable base for any makeup, eliminating the need for another product. You can check out which one I use on my Product Guide For A Minimalist, Non-Toxic Toiletry Bag.

Lip Balm/Lipstick

I simply stick to the Hurraw! Mint Lip Balm, but so that I don’t double up, I’ve put this item in my (coming soon) Product Guide For A Minimalist, Non-Toxic Handbag.

Anything Else?

If there’s anything else that I haven’t covered above, there’s a very high chance that I don’t think it’s personally necessary for me to own. Decorative items, excess skin products and tools can add extra clutter and expenses that I’m perfectly fine to live without. If you’re interested in adopting a minimalist lifestyle, I’d strongly encourage you to start cutting back to only the items that truly bring you value on a day to day basis, whether they match my essentials or not. Nothing bad can come of it!

As for any excess clutter that you no longer want to keep, I’d recommend (wherever possible) to recycle anything recyclable, and donate or give away anything that may be used by others.

If you think I’ve missed any essentials in my minimalist collection above, please let me know in the comments below!

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