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Ethical Makeup

Ethical Makeup

London College of Fashion
Taught by
Lou Dartford, Crystabel Riley


A one-day course for those wishing to start a journey into cleaner beauty, but also those already on their journey wanting to know more.

We will discuss and demonstrate products from this fast-growing sector as well as demystifying the various sub-categories within it. Organic, natural, vegan, clean beauty – we’ll help you make sense of it all and how you can incorporate it into your routines. We will discuss the pitfalls of the wide spread 'green-washing' within the cosmetics industry, as well as other essential topics such as sustainability, environmental impact and fairtrade.

By the end of the day, you will have the knowledge to choose make-up products that work for your skin, perform well and respect the environment and everything in it.

Suitable for makeup artists wishing to clean up their kits, but also anyone who wears make-up.


Suitable for makeup artists with all levels of experience. 

Please note: This course is for students aged 18 and older.


Your course place is confirmed once you have booked online or via the phone using a credit or debit card. There is no deadline for booking. Places are offered on a first come, first served basis, and all courses have a maximum number of students. We suggest you book early to avoid disappointment.

Tutor Description

Lou Dartford grew up with an interest in natural health and began experimenting with natural beauty products in her professional makeup kit. As she discovered the products potential however, she also found a darker side to the conventional beauty industry. Surrounded by make-up every day, she started to question what she was using. From unsavoury ingredients to a careless environmental impact, she realised that these were key elements of many of the products she had in her kit. Lou has since worked with green beauty brands such as RMS Beauty, Weleda, Alima Pure, Beauty Without Cruelty and Content Beauty. She has represented the brands themselves, as well as showcasing products both at press and public events. She has given talks and masterclasses on green beauty, most recently working with the Soil Association, and has taught at a make-up academy for the last eight years. Lou has just been voted into the Natural Beauty News Top 25 Personalities 2017. The beauty press regularly ask Lou for make-up tips and product recommendations. She loves to pass on her new green beauty discoveries and give advice through her own beauty writing too. Lou was Beauty Editor for SIX Magazine and has contributed to various magazines and blogs. Her own blog, Lou Dartford Green Beauty has recently won the New Generation Beauty Influencer Award 2017. Lou has worked in all aspects of make-up and is comfortable on any set from moving image to stills. Her work has featured in Stylist, Nylon, Wonderland and Grazia. She has also worked with celebrities such as Tinie Tempah and Birdy.

Crystabel Riley is involved in a continuous and evolving search for a Green make up practice. After studying editorial make-up at London College of Fashion, Crystabel assisted make-up artists such as Alex Box and Lucy Wearing. Following this, she developed her own career within the music industry, gaining international experience in the US and Europe working with artists such as Eliza Doolittle, One Direction, and Jared Leto, show teams in London and Paris, and with photographers such as Jürgen Teller and Ben Toms. 


Please bring the following items with you to each class:

  • Clean make-up brushes and a clean face for testing out the different products. 
  • A pen and paper for notes.

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