I have now tried out some samples by Haut, and love them! I would like to order again, but I just have a question I hope you can help me with. Almond and Burnt Almond are such gorgeous shades, but I need a little more yellow/olive to it, to match my skin tone better. Can I mix it with the yellow brightener for a perfect match?

Yes, if you need more yellow but you do not want to go any darker, try the Yellow Brightener. If you need more coverage AND more olive yellow, the Yellow Brightener mixed with HDD shade works well around eyes, nose, mouth, wherever you need yellow-toned brightening maximum coverage.

I read a comment on a review of your CARAMEL TAN that the alternative you use contains sugar and causes similar free radical damage to an ingredient called DHA in regular self tanners. I am just wondering if you have researched this as I am looking for a safe alternative. Thanks!

I have answered this question in a blog post here: MOST FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTION…

I am not happy with how Palm Oil is being harvested in Indonesia. Do your products contain Palm Oil?

My products do not contain Palm Oil.

Can I find your makeup at retail locations?

You won’t find my line in retail shops anywhere in the world. Every product is crafted completely by hand and most are custom formulated for clients who have unique skin tones. The food grade ingredients are sourced from small, family farmers who don’t use machinery, so they’re not produced on an industrial, retail scale. To put icing on the cake, we ship each freshly mixed product directly to your door (by the way, the cake is vegan).

Are there nano particles in your makeup?

My makeup is 100% nano-free. My loose makeup particles are small enough to lay smoothly on the surface of the skin but not small enough that they can pass through it. Because the cosmetics industry is not required to list the use of nano particles in its ingredients, it is very hard to know which cosmetic companies use them and which do not. A product containing nano particles in the form of Titanium Dioxide, will simply read Titanium Dioxide on the label. That is another reason it is best to avoid any loose makeup with Titanium Dioxide in it. When inhaled, nano particles can become imbedded into the walls of the lungs, making it impossible for the body to remove these foreign particles. Ironically, nano-particles were originally brought out by sunscreen companies to avoid toxic ingredients. To err on the safe side, we suggest avoiding any loose makeup with Titanium Dioxide in it. Nano-sized particles are less than 0.1 m (<100 nm) and we do not use any loose pigments smaller than 2.5  m.

If I place my order now will I receive it by the weekend?

I want you to receive your parcel as soon as possible. However, the shipping part is usually 2-4 business days in North America and one week to ten days in other parts of the world. From time to time there are natural disasters or someone is on strike and so we like to stress that the shipping part is out of our own control. If you need your products ASAP please contact me and we can create a custom shipping option for you. If it is not an emergency, aim to replenish your products when you are 75% out so that it is not stressful for you (and me)!

What is the difference between Aloe Cream Tints and Loose Tints?

The Loose tints are more pigmented and darker than the cream tints and the cream tints have much more of a ‘built-in brightening coverage’. Some medium to dark skin tones use He’s The One Aloe Cream Tint as a concealer or brightener. Both are wonderful on eyelids and on cheeks to accentuate your face shape beautifully. You can create really intense, smoky eyes with Vintage and Marble Loose Tints.

Are your products Titanium Dioxide Free now?

First, regarding health safety, we have removed the Titanium Dioxide from our makeup so that there is no confusion about the Titanium Dioxide being nano-sized and there is no risk of breathing loose Titanium Dioxide particles into your lungs as mentioned in the above ‘nano-particle’ question. Secondly, we do not like how it looks on the skin. It creates a ‘white-face’ effect and has a pastel pink undertone which makes it difficult to match to olive skin tones. If you do not like how your loose or pressed makeup accentuates fine lines, usually Talc, Titanium Dioxide, Mica Frost or Bismuth Oxychloride is in the ingredient list.

Why do you not give your brushes name like ‘eyeshadow brush’ and ‘blush brush’?

I find that my brushes often work as multi taskers so I do not want to ‘put them in a box’ as to what they can do. We offer a great variety in shapes and sizes so you are fully equipped. You will get a very different effect from a brush than from applying with your fingers. Try your makeup both ways and you will see! I have customized each brush for two or three uses. One important fact to keep in mind is that the smaller you go with your Haut brush, the greater the coverage or the more dramatic the color. The brush ‘Icing On The Cake’ is used to apply color to lips but it also works just as well as an eyeliner brush and brow brush if turned on its side. It creates the perfect ‘cat eye’ if you dip it in water and then in the Marble Loose Tint.

How should I care for my Haut Vegan Brushes?

Wash your brushes well with a sulphate-free shampoo until the water runs clear. Lay each brush on its side to dry so that the moisture does not go inside the brush. Brushes should be washed every one to two weeks for optimal performance. If cared for properly they will last a lifetime.

What is a common tip you give in choosing the right brush for the application you want?

A great rule of thumb is that the smaller the brush you choose, the greater the coverage or the more intense the color.

Is the clay you use pure? I am worried about pollutants from water and air in it.

One of the reasons we choose to work with clay is because it has incredible purifying properties that actually clear the body and the skin of anything impure. Clay has a very strong negative ionic charge. This negative ionic charge attracts things that have a positive charge, such as heavy metals, toxins, harmful bacteria, pesticides, and other pathogens. The clumping action of clay binds to heavy metals and pathogens to prevent them from passing through the skin. So putting on your Haut makeup is look putting on a piece of protective armor in a way. We do not like to put anything in our formulas that cannot be ingested and our clays are no exception. Our own Canadian Clay can help alleviate rashes, eczema, food allergies, food poisoning, colitis, viral infections, and parasites. It is effective in treating many digestive conditions and also aids in weight loss. Bentonite clay remineralizes cells and tissues, alkalizes the body and is also effective in protecting our bodies against radiation.

What makes Haut Cosmetics unique from other lines?

I have chosen 100% vegan ingredients but I did not want to stop there. Besides choosing local-sourced and certified organic ingredients, it has always made sense to stay natural with my ingredients and to stay Gluten-free, GMO-free, Titanium Dioxide-free (loose formulas), Dimethicone-Free, Mica-free, Bismuth-free and Filler-free.

My  outer packaging is soft which makes shipping more earth-friendly and less costly. Our outer packaging is also 100% plantable.

Each individual person in our company also takes part in bringing awareness to child trafficking, www.notforsale.com, and mentoring victims of bullying through this online organization, www.bullying.org.

Furthermore, I am always looking for ways to improve my formulas and in giving back to our community.