Afterglow Cosmetics embodies a serious commitment to authentic beauty. It shows in the purity of their ingredients, their full disclosure policy, wearability, versatility, and overall benefit to the skin. They have truly pushed the parameters of color cosmetics to create a synergy of purity and performance.


I met Afterglow Cosmetics with more than an ounce of skepticism.  After all, I am a professional makeup artist with a reputation to uphold for producing beautiful, long-wearing looks. At that time (circa 2006) there had been no natural makeup line that even came close to living up to my expectations. That said, owner Kristin Adams was fully confident in her creation and very patient as we danced through rounds of questions. Satisfied with the purity of Afterglow, the time came to really put it to my tests: would it look and feel great on my own skin for day to day wear AND MORE IMPORTANTLY would it perform in photographs, film and video? Suffice it to say, I am still in love with this line after years of using it consistently on myself and in my professional makeup artist kit. In almost all of the photos in my portfolio the models are wearing Afterglow's Infused Foundation. Thank you Kristin for being such an amazing pioneer of clean cosmetics!

The Afterglow Cosmetics brand earns the following byb badges:

Product Loves

  • organic infused
  • refined texture
  • richly pigmented
  • consciously sourced safe ingredients
  • jet-milled pharmaceutical-grade minerals
  • safe for any skin condition
  • nearly 0% risk of allergy or irritation
  • allows skin to breath
  • anti-inflammatory

Progressive Sustainability and Social Responsibility

  • vegan
  • cruelty-free
  • consciously sourced
  • fair-trade ingrdients
  • made in USA
  • safest available ingredients
  • supports and pays living wage
  • independent & woman-owned
  • biodegradable
  • in-house recycling
  • sustainable shipping
  • minimal shipment packaging

Ingredient Nevers:

  • Bismuth oxychloride
  • Carbon black (D&C Black No. 2)
  • Carmine
  • Dimethicone
  • Cocamide DEA
  • Flavor (synthetic)
  • Quaternium-15
  • FD&C or lake dyes
  • Fragrance (synthetic)
  • Gluten
  • Hydroquinone
  • Microcristallina/Microcrystalline Wax/Cire microcristalline
  • Mineral oil
  • Nanos
  • Nylon
  • Parabens (buytl-, methyl-, isobutyl, proply-)
  • Petrolatum
  • Phthalates
  • Polybutene and Polyisobutene
  • Polyethylene glycol (PEG-)
  • Soy
  • Talc
  • UV Sunscreen Filters (incl. Oxybenzone, Octinoxate, Padimate O, Octinoxate, Homosalate)


Highly Recommended

Afterglow is highly recommended by dermatologists, plastic surgeons (safe for post-op), estheticians, makeup artists, and wellness practitioners. They are also proud signers of The Compact for Safe Cosmetics backed by the Breast Cancer Research Fund. Look for their superior safety rating on