4 Makeup Culprits to Avoid

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Makeup culprits are ingredients that may not be healthy for our skin in the long run. While they may not be as wild as the poisonous lead makeup that defined the Elizabethan era, they’re still pretty shady, both in name and function.

Without further ado, here are some ingredients to avoid.

1. Fragrance

‘Fragrance’ is precisely what we meant when we talked about ingredients being shady in name. It sounds incredibly vague and could imply any number of dangerous chemicals that the brand may intentionally be hiding from you.


Don’t ever buy a product that doesn’t list the chemicals used to make the fragrance. For all you know, it could lead to an allergic reaction. Seeing as facial skin is extra sensitive, you don’t want to risk a flare-up.

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2. Triclosan

Triclosan is widely used in many cosmetics, such as powder foundation, lip products, skin-lightening products, mascaras, and moisturizing creams and lotions. It’s an antibacterial chemical that’s harmful in several ways, including:

  • Influencing hormone production.
  • Developing antibiotic-resistant bacteria.
  • Harming the immune system.

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3. Sodium Laureth Sulfate

Sodium Laureth Sulphate (SLES), not to be confused by its stronger cousin Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS), is an ingredient many brands include in their makeup foundations, concealers, and any other cream-based products.

Even though SLES is milder than SLS, it can still cause:

  • Sores
  • Acne
  • Eye damage
  • Irritation
  • Skin cancer

We don’t know about you, but we have some very good reasons for staying far away from products that list these sulfates.

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4. Formaldehyde

Formaldehyde isn’t so much an ingredient as a byproduct of several decomposing ingredients combined. Its release may cause skin sensitivity, allergies, and carcinogenic side effects.

To avoid getting caught with this ingredient, don’t use any product containing more than one of the following:

  • Methenamine
  • Quaternium−15
  • Imidazolidinyl urea
  • Ethylene urea
  • DMDM hydantoin
  • Melamine

Find Cosmetics for All Skin Types Online

Khuraira Cosmetics doesn’t endorse any of the above ingredients or anything else that may cause a reaction. Our flawless makeup products include only the best ingredients for women of all colors, skin types, and conditions.

Our bestsellers include Khuraira Original Invisible Touch Up Powder, Stick Foundation, HD Airbrush Makeup, Dark Circle Primer, HD Dual Concealer, Age Control Concealer, and Age Control Foundation.

Reach out for comments and concerns.

Khuraira Musa

Khuraira Musa has been a celebrity makeup artist and expert for well over 20 years. In 2008, she founded the eponymous Khuraira Cosmetics, a boutique and flagship store for locally-made makeup products based in New Jersey.

Khuraira Cosmetics’ recently launched cosmetics affiliate program gives you the chance to call home a celebrity makeup artist for examining your very own makeup collection. These are makeup experts who can sniff on our makeup to tell whether or not it’s still good for application. We also make suggestions for upgrading your cosmetics as well as makeup applicators for a flawless makeup look every time.

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