11 Beauty Products You Can Buy Today To Support Women

39,814 days ago — on the first observance of a National Women's Day in 1909 — 15,000 women marched through the streets of New York City for better pay, shorter work hours, and the right to vote. Fast forward to 2018, and the battles are still being fought — with women and allies partnering with organizations to bring forth much-needed change.

And the beauty industry is no exception. As a year-round show of solidarity, you can swipe on a power lipstick. Support female-run businesses. Or, on and in the days leading up to this year's International Women's Day, you can spend your money with brands who are giving back to organizations like the UN Women's Fund for Gender Equality, No More, and Step Up. The fact that you walk away with a shiny new lipstick or eyeshadow palette only sweetens the deal.

Check out the 11 companies we're buying from, ahead.

Urban Decay

This creamy, pigment-packed lipstick is more than just a pretty mauve color — it can also be an agent for change. Today, 100% of the purchase price will be donated to The UltraViolet Edge, the company's global initiative with a goal of raising up to $2 million for women's rights organizations by the end of 2018.

Urban Decay Outspoken Vice Lipstick, $18, available at Urban Decay.

Beyond the hydrating formula and addictive apricot scent, here's another reason to love this limited-edition balm: Every penny from the sales of it will go toward the L'Occitane Foundation's program for women's leadership in Burkina Faso, which has helped fund the education of more than 450 girls and 10,000 women.

L'Occitane Shea Butter Solidarity Balm, $6, available until March 20 at L'Occitane.
Function of Beauty

The founders of this bespoke beauty line (which allows you to cocktail your own shampoo and conditioner based on your individual hair needs) understands that not all women are the same. So, on March 8, the brand is letting you pick between three women's organizations (Breast Cancer Research Foundation, No More, and Step Up) to donate to at checkout. All of the proceeds from the sales will go to whichever charity you most want to support.

Function of Beauty Shampoo & Conditioner, $36 for set, available at Function of Beauty.
Elizabeth Arden

In 1912, as women in New York marched for the right to vote, entrepreneur Elizabeth Arden helped boost morale by giving red lipstick to suffragettes. Today, the brand is continuing that legacy with its new March On Campaign. 100% of the proceeds from the brand's limited-edition lipstick shade — created by actor and activist Reese Witherspoon — will go toward UN Women, a global organization for gender equality and female empowerment.

Elizabeth Arden March On Limited-Edition Beautiful Color Moisturizing Lipstick in Red Door Red, $26.50, available at Elizabeth Arden.

In partnership with Nest, a nonprofit dedicated to empowering women, all purchases from QVC and HSN's curated beauty product selection on March 8 will go toward a $325,000-minimum donation to the organization. Even better? Every single eligible product will be from female-owned businesses, so you can show your support in more ways than one.

It Cosmetics It's Your Beautiful Lips Color & Shine Trio, $32, available at QVC.
Winky Lux

Skip your routine cup of joe every day next week and opt for Winky Lux's coffee-scented eyeshadow palette instead. On March 8, the brand is donating 20% of all sales (from every product on its website and in-store) to GC4Women, an organization that funds scholarships to female entrepreneurs.

Winky Lux Coffee Palette, $25, available at Winky Lux.
Skylar Body

This week, vote for your favorite of three natural, 100% hypoallergenic scents for a chance to win $1,000 in Skylar shopping credit and a matching donation to a women's organization of your choice. The big winner will be announced on March 8, and 100% of pre-order proceeds will go to Step Up, a nonprofit dedicated to helping underprivileged girls succeed.

Skylar Body Isle, $78, available at Skylar Body.
Beautiful Rights

From the same brand that donates 20% of all sales to organizations like ACLU, Emily's List, and Planned Parenthood year-round is adding two new organizations to its long list: March for our Lives and Moms Demand Action. Better still? For the entire month, Beautiful Rights will double down on its donations, giving 40% of sales on products (including this mauve lipstick fittingly called #ENOUGH) toward the cause of your choice.

Beautiful Rights Cosmetics Matte Lipstick in #Enough, $18, available at Beautiful Rights.

The OG beauty subscription service is launching The Future Starts Now Fund, which grants four women $5K to put toward any enrichment program that supports their career goals. All you have to do is fill out an application on IWD and share your entrepreneurial dreams for a chance to be selected.

Birchbox Monthly Subscription, $10/month, available at Birchbox.

Finally, a skin-care splurge that'll leave you with more than brighter skin (without the buyer's remorse): Up to $46,000 of sales on Elemis' limited-edition face cream will go toward Women for Women International, an organization that helps marginalized women in Afghanistan, Rwanda, Iraq, and other high-conflict areas reach their social and economic potential.

Elemis Limited-Edition Pro-Collagen Marine Cream, $199, available at Elemis.
Reina Rebelde

Since January 12, the Mexican-inspired, female-owned beauty brand has been donating 15% of the profits from all sales to MeToo and Times Up organizations. But don't worry — there's still plenty of time to put in your own impactful purchase: The campaign will continue through March 8.

Reina Rebelde Bold Lip Color Stick in Brava, $16, available at Reina Rebelde.
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