3 Endangered Species (And Their Makeup Counterparts) You Should Know About

3 Endangered Species (And Their Makeup Counterparts) You Should Know About

As a lover of both wildlife and makeup, I wanted to shine the spotlight on both (kind of), in order to encourage readers to realize their role in conservation. 

So next time you pick up your favorite palette or chisel those cheekbones, remind yourself to respect the environment and these three species.

1. Manatees

Although currently listed as “Vulnerable” in their IUCN conservation status, manatees have been battling some not so terrific odds for many years; especially in recent months.

Florida manatees are no longer on the endangered species list. You might be asking, “Well that’s a good thing, right?” Not necessarily. This means that manatees no longer fall under federal and state protection granted under the Endangered Species Act. While their increase in population from a warm winter might seem a good thing, it doesn’t provide solid evidence of their improvement as a species and we must continue supporting and protecting these gentle giants.

The Makeup:

What I notice about manatees is their “smiley” face features and crease-less skin around the eyes. As we try to conceal our blemishes and “brighten up” the under eyes with concealers like the IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye® Anti-Aging Concealer, let’s remember to support our smooth and flawless ocean friends.

2. American Pika

According to the IUCN, the American Pika is of “Least Concern” in conservation status.

Nevertheless, even the American Pika faces the ever-nearing threats of climate change. As seen in this absolutely adorable yet saddening video from Smithsonian.com, pikas are forced into higher and higher altitudes in mountain regions as they seek cooler temperatures.

The Makeup:

As experts speculate in the aformentioned video, pikas may not be able to survive in high altitudes due to their inability to hibernate. Pikas possess the perfect neutral, bronzey coloring that we strive for in the summer, whether that’s through sitting in the sun or warming up the skin with bronzers like the Bahama Mama from theBalm Cosmetics.

Please remember the American Pika when you go for that perfect, summer glow and fight climate change by taking public transportation, eating locally, flying less and conserving resources.

3. Pinto’s Spinetail

p/c: www.taenos.com

p/c: www.taenos.com

Pinto’s spinetail is one of several endangered species of birds that are threatened directly by resource degradation in the Amazon rainforest. Birds like Pinto’s spinetail suffer from habitat loss, particularly as part of the 750,000 square kilometers of Amazon rainforest destroyed since 1978.

In the past several decades, the beast that is industrialization has fed and accelerated deforestation. Our global economy has become vastly dependent on countless natural resources, including trees. As consumers who drive such an economy, we must include wise resource use in our list of values when it comes to what we buy or where we buy it. Birds like Pinto’s spinetail harness the beautiful colors and seamless blending that have become so trendy in today’s eyeshadow looks and it’d be hard to imagine a world or rainforest without them anymore.

The Makeup:

Next time you’re putting together an inspired eye look using a palette like the Makeup Geek MannyMUA X Palette, give some thought to these little birds who were born to sport colorful looks.

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