Designer spotlight: Natural cosmetic lines

Get dolled up using organic and vegan formulas created by five local makeup artists.

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  • Photograph: Krista Schlueter

    Lipsticks in (from left) Divine Wine, Passion Pink and Copper Penny; $18 each...

    Lipsticks in (from left) Divine Wine, Passion Pink and Copper Penny; $18 each (normally $20 each), at NYA

  • Photograph: Krista Schlueter

    Eyeliners in (from left) Fig, Golden Khaki and Bronze; $18 each (normally $20...

    Eyeliners in (from left) Fig, Golden Khaki and Bronze; $18 each (normally $20 each), at NYA

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    Mascara in Smoke, $18 (normally $20), at NYA

    Mascara in Smoke, $18 (normally $20), at NYA

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    Designer Aaron Bond

    Designer Aaron Bond

Photograph: Krista Schlueter

Lipsticks in (from left) Divine Wine, Passion Pink and Copper Penny; $18 each...

Lipsticks in (from left) Divine Wine, Passion Pink and Copper Penny; $18 each (normally $20 each), at NYA

Aaron Bond of Aaron Bond Makeup (nyartificial.com)

Who he is: Licensed aesthetician Aaron Bond is no stranger to the beauty world: He has worked in the skin-care and makeup industries since 1987. In 2004, the West Village resident and his business partner, Alex Guzman, opened accessories boutique NY Artificial, which has moved several times and is now called NYA. Bond launched his eponymous cosmetics line in 2007 because he did not feel that the other brands on the market offered completely chemical-free, benefit-conferring products.

About the line: Bond has garnered famous clients like Cher and Maggie Gyllenhaal with his long-wearing (Bond swears most products stay on for up to 16 hours), nontoxic formulas, which rely on natural ingredients such as beeswax and grape-seed extract. The full collection includes lipglosses, balms and lipsticks ($20--$21), eye shadows ($30), eyeliners ($20), mascaras ($20), blushes ($39) and bronzers ($27--$50). Colors are created from plant extracts, and include vitamins and minerals instead of the lake dyes and harsh alcohols that are typically used for most cosmetics. "You can feel the difference when you wear my makeup," says Bond. "It's pricey but it lasts six months to two years, so you get value and quality."

Buy it here: NYA (13 Eighth Ave at W 12th St; 646-340-0442, nyartificial.com). Mention TONY to receive 10 percent off all Aaron Bond Makeup purchases through July 6.

David Klasfeld of Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics | Aaron Bond of Aaron Bond Makeup | Christopher Drummond of Christopher Drummond Beauty | Rose-Marie Swift of RMS Beauty | Megan Michitsch of Kookla

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