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One to Watch: Vegan Make Up Artist Campbell Ritchie

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It’s relatively easy for us as individuals to choose clean and vegan beauty brands. But it’s a lot more challenging for professional make up artists. At events like New York Fashion Week fashion designers will partner with major makeup labels to do all the make up for their show. So maybe if you’re working NYFW choosing less toxic options isn’t on the table.

Which is why we were excited to learn about Campbell Ritchie, a renowned makeup artist who speaks up about the importance of clean beauty and only uses vegan brands on her shoots.

Campbell is fiercely committed to sustainability and animal rights and has been known to turn down high-profile jobs that don’t share her bedrock values. She has recently been featured in this short documentary fittingly titled, Campbell Ritchie: No Compromise. It puts Campbell herself in front of the cameras for which she has readied her famous clients for so many years. 

The New York City-based Campbell, an ex-model with no formal training in make-up artistry, learned quickly on the job by watching the legends. Her mentors included Val Garland, Mary Greenwell, and the late Kevyn Aucoin, among others. Working with models Kate Moss and Devon Aoki for Bella Freud’s fashion show in London, Campbell hit the ground running and her career took off. 

When I leave this planet I want people to say, ‘Wow, Campbell did everything she could to make a difference in this world; she made huge, lasting changes in the beauty and fashion industry’ — NOT ‘She was a great makeup artist.’

Campbell Ritchie

You’ll definitely want to watch it below but first we had a chance to ask Campbell for a few recommendations!

Favorite Skincare product: Hear Me Raw’s hydrator with Prickly Pear

Why? it passes her clean and vegan beauty standards: No Hear Me Raw product contains, or will ever contain parabens, phthalates, petrochemicals, silicones, dyes, synthetic fragrance or any other crap that shouldn’t be anywhere near your body.

Favorite Makeup Brand: Chantecaille

While Campbell shared that there are so many great brands her top picks for us were all Chantecaille. Namely their Future Skin Foundation,(pictured) Anti-Pollution Mattifying Cream and Rose de Mai Face Oil

Your favorite part of being a Makeup Artist
I get to be of service. I want to connect with people on a spiritual and emotional level as well as a personal level. It’s not just about applying makeup or skincare, it’s a complete trust between talent and artist.


Campbell Ritchie: No Compromise


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