Pride 2023

June 26th, 2023

June 26th, 2023

Pride Month is here, and with it comes an incredible calendar of parades, parties and protests, where you can show your love and support for the LGBTQIA+ community.  Millions will be taking to the streets to celebrate Pride dressed in their best outfits and most of all, their best makeup looks.  The London Pride parade takes place on Saturday 1std July. Glasgow Pride is happening on 15th July , while Brighton & Hove Pride is 5th-6th August, Manchester 25th-28th August and in Birmingham it’s 24th-25th September.  Find your local event here.

Throughout June, Pride provides a rainbow-filled opportunity to celebrate individuality and express yourself however you want. And what better place to start than makeup?

From limited-edition collaborations to rainbow-coloured packaging, there are tons of beauty brands stepping up to support the LGBTQ+ community during Pride month and beyond.

Many brands have listened to beauty-lovers everywhere and realised that token gestures are not enough to make real, meaningful impact. We round up those which celebrate Pride by actually going the extra mile in a tangible way supporting UK and international charities including which all aim to empower the LGBTQ+ community as well as educate young people to make the world a fairer place.


Create an iconic Pride makeup look with Glisten Cosmetics’ Pride Liner (£28), with 100% of profits going to LGBTQIA+ charities. Vegan and cruelty-free, this palette features 11 highly pigmented shades, representing the Progress Pride flag, Pride Liner is all you need to create iconic makeup looks to really get your celebratory Pride on.

Glisten Cosmetics is a true beauty industry ally, and 100% of Pride Liner profits go to LGBTQIA+ charities all year round – not just during Pride month – with the chosen charity changing every 6 months.  Their current charity partner is Galop, the UK’s LGBT+ anti-abuse charity who work with and for LGBT+ victims and survivors of abuse and violence.


Budget-friendly, vegan, and cruelty-free cosmetics brand 17.‘s new Limited-Edition Brights Eyeshadow Palette (£5) features 9 gorgeous shades. The easily-blendable, highly-pigmented colours have some major staying-power, and with 100% of profits being donated to LGBTQ+ charity, Stonewall you have the power to do good too. Only available at Boots, who will donate £10,000 to the charity.


For the third year running, Lottie London have partnered with LGBTQ+ charity Kaleidoscope Trust. 10% of profits from their Pride Collection during the month of June will go towards their efforts to uphold the human rights of LGBTQ+ people across the Commonwealth.  Products include Shimmer Lip Glaze in Be Bold (£5.95) a shimmery, plumping gloss packed with nourishing ingredients including vitamin E, rosehip oil and squalene to keep hydrated without feeling sticky.


3ina’s All The Colors Palette (£56) contains 56 highly pigmented matte and shiny shades. The vegan-friendly and cruelty-free brand is donating all profits from this eyeshadow palette until the end of the year to It Gets Better UK, a non-profit organisation which supports lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer young people.


Depixym continuously offer their Pride Collection (£115) of eight of their fabulous cosmetic emulsions which they launched in 2019.  They donate 1/3 of the total amount paid to UK charities the Albert Kennedy Trust (AKT), a UK-based voluntary organisation which works with LGBTQ+ individuals struggling with homelessness or living in hostile environments and Mermaids a British charity and advocacy organisation that supports gender variant and transgender youth.


Beauty Bay have again launched a Pride collection, which includes the Loud & Proud Duo (£28.45) made up of the Bright 2.0 42 Colour Palette a rainbow hued, 42-shade eyeshadow palette and the Aquavated Liner Palette Brights – a five-shade water activated liner palette Throughout June, 100% of the profits from this bundle will be donated to The Proud Trust, a Manchester-based charity providing education, support and advocacy for LGBTQ+ youth across the North West.


Earthy Nail Polish’s Stop Hate UK collection (£24.95) is a little more subdued in tone than some other offerings, but will definitely see you through the year with these nude shades.  The brand is donating 25% from each sale to the charity Stop Hate UK to help challenge all forms of hate crime.


Unilever, Superdrug and Switchboard LGBT+ Helpline have united for the 6th year on a new Celebrate The Pride In You campaign. Unilever’s Pride range of beauty and personal care products exclusive to Superdrug, including Vaseline, Lynx and Simple, are available all year round (from £2.50). Each product has Switchboards freephone number on pack so those who need support can instantly get it. Unilever are set to donate £40,000 to support Switchboard’s vital helpline, while Superdrug are committing a further £10,000. Combined, this donation will help with training and volunteer recruitment so that no call goes unanswered.  Products are available exclusively instore and online at superdrug.


Since 1994 MAC have so far donated over $500 million to over 1,800 local non-profit organisations through the sales of their Viva Glam range, fighting for equal rights, supporting women and girls, LGBTQ+ communities and those living with HIV/AIDS.  Try Viva Glam I an intense matte finish brownish blue-red, Viva Glam II a creamy satin finish subdued pinkish-beige mauve or Viva Glam III a matte finish muted brownish-plum (£20 each).


Eylure Pride Lashes – Good To Glow (£7.49) have UV fibres that glow under UV light. Vegan Friendly and re-usable up to 5 wears, they come with latex free lash glue that is guaranteed to last up to 18 hours. By day the lashes have pink fibres, making it a wearable lash for daytime too. In 2020 Eylure began partnering with the LGBT+ charity Just Like Us! who are working for a world where LGBT+ young people are able to live awesome lives, free from Homophobic, Biphobic and Transphobic bullying. They empower young people to champion LGBT+ equality and inclusion within their school communities to create environments where all young people can thrive. Eylure will be providing a donation to support and sponsor some of the amazing work Just Like Us will be doing over the next few years.


Barry M‘s Full of Pride Nail Paint Gift Set (£20) means you can wear your mani with pride too.  In six bright gelly high-shine colours — including Hot Chilli, Mandarin, Banana Split, Jalapeño, Blue Margarita, Gummy Bear.  20% of net profits from every set sold will be donated to akt, who support young people in the community experiencing homelessness or hostile environments. There is also a 12 bottle set with 11 polishes and a top coat available (£37.99)


Garnier has also teamed up with LGBTQ+ young people’s charity Just Like Us to support the community during School Diversity Week between 26-30 June in primary and secondary schools across the UK. The beauty brand will be donating 10p from every purchase of their Limited Edition Micellar Water (£2.99), up to a maximum of £50,000, to the charity.


After Elton John’s amazing Glastonbury set, it was announced that Charlotte Tilbury Beauty are the founding beauty partner of the Rocket Fund, powered by the Elton John Aids Foundation. The Rocket Fund is the Elton John Aids Foundation’s transformative campaign, with a mission to tackle the stigma around HIV + AIDS and transform the future for millions of people globally, by ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030.


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