The 9 Best Natural and Clean Foundations (2024)

Foundation can be so tricky. But with the right application and the right product you can have a flawless look in no time. Check out my full guide to the Best Clean Foundations!

 

A foundation can make or break your entire makeup routine and that’s why I am sharing the best clean foundations. This will set the base for everything that comes after. If you don’t choose the correct color for your skin tone or the best option for your skin type you aren’t going to love how it looks.

And that’s where I come in to help! After trying numerous brands over the past nearly 10 years I have narrowed it down to just 9 foundations. Since we know application is key, I am also giving all the tips and tricks for prepping your skin and applying it to have the most natural look.

*Affiliate Disclosure: I do have affiliate links in this blog post. If you purchase something from my link, I will receive a small commission from the sale.  This comes at no cost to you, but is paid by the company.  I do not take becoming an affiliate with any company lightly.  If I am, it’s because I believe in the company and their product.

Why is choosing a clean foundation so important?

Other than your actual skin care products, your foundation is going to cover the most amount of your actual skin allowing for more absorption of potential toxins. You also have to consider that you will wear it for 8-12 hours of the day for many days throughout the week for most of us. And then add in that you may not even know what is in the ingredient list of your beloved foundation…yikes!

Lowering your toxic load by choosing more natural and organic skincare and makeup products is so important!

And if you take a look at the actual ingredients found in conventional foundations, you may realize that a natural brand is the way to go. And with all beauty products, a brand claiming to be ‘natural, green or clean’ isn’t enough. I recommend actually reading the label of your products.

No need to choose a foundation with toxic ingredients when there are so many clean foundation brands on the market that perform so well!

Here are some of the big hitters for toxic ingredients that can be found in foundation:

While looking at this list may seem overwhelming (and this isn’t even an all inclusive list of the toxic ingredients to look out for), it is actually meant to help you feel empowered. When you know better, you can do better. You can always start with one product at a time to switch out. And using my Top 9 Natural and Clean Foundations, you will have one less toxic cosmetic product in your home!

Natural Foundation Application Tips

You can get just the right foundation for your skin but then end up hating it because you’re applying it all wrong and with the wrong tools. Believe it or not tools make a huge difference when applying foundation and getting the desired result.

Besides tools, prepping your skin before foundation application is essential as well. No matter how great the formula, foundation isn’t going to look great if your skin is dry, or flaky.

Getting a flawless foundation application involves so much more than the right foundation!

How To Prep Your Skin For Your Foundation

Exfoliate skin– you don’t need to exfoliate every time before foundation application (that can irritate skin) but 1-2 times a week is ideal. Exfoliating your skin gets rid of the dead skin and leaves you with the newest and smoothest skin. No more weird dry patches where your foundation globs up in an area. Exfoliating creates a smooth canvas for your foundation to adhere too.

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Apply an oil or serum– Once your skin is smooth I always recommend applying an oil or lotion before foundation. This helps the foundation glide on and look natural and flawless. Have you ever tried applying foundation to dry skin? Not pretty huh?! It doesn’t glide on and ends up looking splotchy. After you apply an oil or lotion, wait a couple  minutes for it to absorb.  I like to brush my teeth during the wait time.  

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Apply a primer-  A primer is a great additive to your makeup routine. It really can help create a seamless canvas.  Even after moisturizing with an oil or a facial lotion a primer can be the little extra that takes your foundation look to the next level.  I recommend primers because they can really help to seal pores.  As you probably know, no matter how big or small your pores are, if you wear a liquid foundation it usually can sink into the pores.  Not the look we want. 

That’s not all primers shield, they also help to make your makeup last longer by blocking the dust/debris from the day.  They help fill in fine lines and wrinkles by creating a smooth canvas for your whole complexion.  I heard one makeup artist say it acts like drywall for your face, filling in the gaps where needed and creating an even canvas.  Especially if you get one with silicone in it.  I know there has been some controversy over silicone being a mask and causing breakouts but I disagree.  I think it really depends on your skin and how you tolerate silicone.   A couple of my fave primers in clean beauty are Beautycounter’s Glow First Primer and Exa Just Start Smoothing Primer.

How To Apply Your Foundation

Use the right tool for application– Depending on the type of foundation you choose, it’s important to use the right brush or tool. Oftentimes people get the wrong finish from a foundation because they are using the wrong tool.

Using the correct tool to apply your foundation is essential for getting the most natural look!

Here’s a cheat sheet for using the right tool for the desired finish:

Mineral Powder Foundations

  • If you want a lighter finish use a Flat Top Brush for application. Tap some mineral powder into the cap and swirl your brush into the product. Then tap off excess on the cap and apply.
  • If you want an airbrushed look with medium coverage use a damp Makeup Sponge for application. Tap some mineral powder into the cap of the mineral foundation. Then just dip a damp beauty blender into the powder and blot/glide on.
  • If you want a heavy/full coverage, use a Makeup Sponge and mix your mineral foundation with a little water. First tap some mineral powder into the cap and then using your fingers add some water until you reach a nice consistency that isn’t too dry or wet. It should re- semble a liquid consistency. Then use the beauty blender to apply.

Liquid Foundations

  • If you want a medium coverage use a Flat Thin Foundation Brush.  I put some liquid foundation on the back of my hand and then dab the foundation brush in and use a light stippling motion(also known as a tapping motion) all over the face. Rubbing too hard will irritate the skin.
  • For a lighter coverage use a Makeup Sponge. The beauty blender is going to soak up some of the foundation and so the effect is not going to be as intense. I just add some to the back of my hand and then dip my beauty blender into the product and apply with stippling motions across my face.
  • For a heavy coverage use a Flat Top Foundation Brush. This brush is going to get more product on the bristles and give you a full coverage look. Apply some product to the back of your hand and dip brush in. Apply with a stippling motion across your face and using downward strokes.

Cream Compact Foundations

  • I’ve found the best application for cream compact foundations when wanting a medium to full coverage is a Flat Thin Foundation Brush. It helps to seamlessly blend the foundation into the skin. I use a stippling motion and downward strokes.
  • I also love using the RMS Skin to Skin Foundation Brush. It effortlessly deposits the right amount of color and creates a flawless finish. Works especially great with RMS “Un” Cover Up.
  • For a lighter coverage, you can use a Makeup Sponge and a stippling motion.

Stick Foundations

  • These are easy to apply. Just take the stick and swipe it across sections of your face. From your forehead, cheeks, chin and nose. Then take a Makeup Sponge to blend in.
  • You can also use a Flat Top Foundation Brush to blend in too.
  • If you want a lighter more natural finish use your fingers. But make sure you wash your hands before application.
  • If you want a lighter more natural finish use your fingers. But make sure you wash your hands before application.

BB Creams/Tinted Moisturizers

These are a lot simpler when it comes to application. Since they aren’t that heavy, it’s easier to apply and a lot more forgiving. You can apply with your fingers but always wash your hands before application. I also like using a Beauty Blender and Flat Top Foundation Brush too. Makeup Sponge for a lighter application and Flat Top for a heavier application. If using your fingers apply around the t-zone and out.

Liquid foundation gives the most natural look overall.

Tips and Tricks For Making Foundation Look More Natural

  • Always start in the t-zone and blend out. That’s generally where people have redness and discoloration. It also helps to make the foundation look more natural because as you’re blending out the product gets thinner and blends better.
  • A stick foundation is a great option when you just want to spot coverage certain areas on your face and achieve a more natural look.
  • Use a liquid foundation which can look more natural overall.  It blends easier into the skin and can create a second skin effect.
  • Hydrate skin!  Making sure skin is hydrated can give you a dewy, natural look overall instead of a cakey, pasty look.  Hydrated skin always looks more supple and youthful.
  • Less is more.  Always start with less product and then gradually work your way up.  You can always add more, but it’s harder to take it away. 

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9 Best Natural & Clean Foundations

*I wanted to share that all the photos are in the same light, maybe slightly different due to weather that day but same window, same lighting and same time in the morning.  I also am very pregnant in most of these photos (37-38 weeks) so if my face looks puffy or I look tired that’s why! 🙂

I am wearing shade 22 in RMS Beauty “UN” Cover Up Cream Foundation.

RMS Beauty “UN” Cover Up Cream Foundation

Price: $36 for 1 fl. ounce

Skin Type: Great for Normal/Dry Skin

Color Shades Available: 16

My Shade: 22

This foundation is so creamy and dewy.  It comes in a glass jar and literally lasts forever!  A little goes a long way.  I start in my t-zone and then blend out so I get more of a natural look.  Love how buildable it is and offers great coverage.  You can easily get full coverage with this foundation if you want.  Great for normal skin and dry skin.  If you have oily or acne prone skin I wouldn’t recommend it since it has some comedogenic ingredients in it. Get it here!

My shade in Ilia True Skin Serum varies from SF3 in the winter to SF3.5 to SF4 in the summer.

Ilia True Skin Serum Foundation

Price: $54 for 30mL   

Skin Type: Great for all skin types 

Color Shades Available: 30 

My Shade:  SF3 in the winter and SF3.5 to SF4 in the summer.

I actually prefer this over Ilia’s Vivid Foundation because it doesn’t feel greasy to me and the longevity is great.  It is a liquid but then it sets after a while and you get a great long wearing foundation.  It really feels and acts like your skin, yet I still feel like it gives my skin great coverage. A very lightweight foundation. It provides light to medium coverage, depending on how much you apply.  Comes in a glass pump bottle.  It really melts into your skin so well leaving behind a natural look overall. Get it here!

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woman wearing OGEE Sculpted Complexion Stick
I wear shade Linden in the OGEE Sculpted Complexion Stick.

OGEE Sculpted Complexion Stick

Price: $64 for 9.7 grams

Skin Type: For all skin types

Color Shades Available: 9

My Shade:  Linden

After having tried Ogee skincare last fall, I knew I needed to get my hands on some of their makeup products!  They marry skincare ingredients into their makeup formulas so well. The result is glowing skin- seriously!  Their sculpted complexion stick does it all. From offering buildable coverage, to evening skin tone. But Ogee doesn’t stop there. It’s also packed full of Pracaxi Seed Oil and Patchouli Leaf Extract that help with collagen production and elasticity.  It blends so flawlessly into the skin. I first apply directly onto skin with the stick and then use their blender brush to blend in. I’m telling you- your skin will be glowing and you’ll feel like you have nothing on! Get it here and use code OGEEGLOW10 to save 10% off!

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My newest favorite natural foundation – Westman Atelier Vital Skincare Complexion Drops!

Westman Atelier Vital Skincare Complexion Drops

Price: $68 for 30mL

Skin Type: Great for dry, normal and combination skin

Color Shades Available: 20

My Shade: Atelier III

This was a new foundation that came out last year and I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it. It marries the skin benefits of a serum with a tint.  So you get this incredibly smooth, dewy finish to your skin.  I love how luminous and light this feels on my skin.  It doesn’t feel heavy, yet still offers decent medium coverage for redness/imperfections.  Your skin glows after using it.  It’s very liquidy, so you need to make sure and shake it well so the product is even upon application.  Looks like your skin but enhanced. Get it here!

I wear shade 440/Katey in Exa High Fidelity Foundation.

Exa High Fidelity Foundation

Price: $38 for 1.1 ounce  

Skin Type: All Skin Types

Color Shades Available: 43 

My Shade: Katey/440

This foundation is very buildable and you can really make the coverage light or heavy depending on what type of look you’re going for.  It has a semi-matte finish to it.  Great for those with oilier skin or dry skin.  It’s hydrating but not overly hydrating.  I love that it comes in 47 shades!  Really making it so great for any skin tone to find their exact color match.  It doesn’t feel heavy on but really can provide great coverage overall.  If you feel like you haven’t been able to find your exact color, check out Exa. Get it here! 

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I wear shade 2.5 in the Crunchi Foundation.

Crunchi Beautifully Flawless Foundation

Price: $50 for 30mL

Skin Type: Great for all skin types

Color Shades Available: 11

My Shade: 2.5

I had tried Crunchi’s original formula for their foundation several years ago but since then they have reformulated and it’s better than ever!  It has the perfect blend of a satin and semi-matte finish really giving you a flawless look no matter what skin type you have.  It feels hydrating yet, not too wet of a formula.  I love how it glides on the skin and really covers up my redness, but still feels like my skin overall.  A little goes a long way!  You don’t have to use that much to really get awesome coverage.  I’ve had a lot of people with acne say they don’t have flare ups while using this foundation too as well as some with rosacea who get good coverage yet no flare ups. Get it here!

I wear shade 340 with self tanner and 310 if I’m not wearing self tanner in the Beautycounter Skin Twin Foundation.

Beautycounter Skin Twin Foundation

Price: $50 for 30mL 

Skin Type: Great for all skin types 

Color Shades Available: 18

My Shade: 340 with self tanner and 310 if I’m not wearing self tanner

If you have been around for any time at all, you know I LOVE this foundation.  Definitely a favorite liquid foundation in clean beauty.  It has such a great consistency and it feels hydrating but offers the coverage I crave.  A great medium coverage overall which means it looks like your skin but better.  It has a ton of hyaluronic acid in it which really helps to plump up the skin and make it appear smooth.  I also really love the longevity of Skin Twin, it still looks good after a full day wearing it. Check it out here!

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I wear shade Atelier III in the Westman Atelier Vital Skin Foundation Stick.

Westman Atelier Vital Skin Foundation Stick

Price: $68 for .3oz 

Skin Type: Great for all skin types 

Color Shades Available: 21

My Shade: Atelier III

This was the first Westman Atelier product that I tried and fell hard for.  It is unlike any clean beauty foundation that I’ve used.  It’s creamy, and gives your skin the perfect balance of coverage and glow.  It provides a dewy finish that looks like your skin but enhanced.  The foundation comes housed in a stick form.  You can apply directly on your skin or use a brush to get the product and then apply it to your skin.  I’ve done both and prefer using Westman Atelier’s Foundation brush to get the product and then applying it to my skin.  But I’ve seen Gucci- the founder, do both ways- it’s whatever you prefer.  What is unique about this product is that it’s not only a foundation but also a concealer in one.  So you don’t need an additional product.  Something I’ve come to love about it.  While the foundation stick may seem pricey at $68, you’re also not having to purchase a concealer as well.  It’s a buildable texture foundation, so if you want more coverage you can simply add more product to your skin.  You can also use your fingers to blend as well. This has worked on oily skin and dry skin complexions.  This is the first stick foundation I really have loved!  Get it here!

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I wear shade Sand in the Juice Beauty Phyto-Pigments Flawless Serum Foundation.

Juice Beauty Phyto-Pigments Flawless Serum Foundation

Price: $44 for 30 mL

Skin Type: Great for Dry and Oily Skin

Color Shades Available: 10

My Shade: Sand 

I found this foundation last year and love it!  It feels like a serum and is so nourishing and hydrating on the skin.  It really is almost like a skincare product for the skin with ingredients like Vitamin C and Vitamin E, plus resveratrol rich grapeseed and fruit stem cells.  It is just so soothing on the skin.  It offers great coverage (medium to full) and makes the skin look dewy and youthful.  It also doesn’t settle into fine lines!  My sister who is 43 and has oily skin loves it just as much as I do with my dry skin.  Get it here!

And there it is! After years of trying different clean beauty brands these 9 foundations have really stood above the rest. You are sure to find one that will work for you.

What is your favorite natural and clean foundation?

If you liked this post check out these past posts:

Cheers, Suzi

Suzi

Suzi is a wife, and mama who is passionate about sharing her natural lifestyle with those around her. She created Gurl Gone Green to show how our everyday decisions, from what we use on our face, home and the food we eat affect us more than we know. She loves holding space where people can weed through the marketing clutter to find truth, and ultimately make the best decision for their families.

94 Comments

  1. Julie Corley

    Hi, thanks for the article. I wanted to ask what you think of this ingredient, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, found in Ilia True Skin Serum foundation. I wanted to switch to Ilia because i read that it’s “clean” yet this ingredient,from what i can find, is toxic.

    Reply
    • Suzi

      This is a silicone, not toxic. It’s rated a 1 on the EWG Skin Deep Database. It’s a binder.

      Reply
      • Kayla

        Why are products with phenoexyethanol and silicones in this list? They might be low on EWG or okay in small amounts but in my opinion they shouldn’t be I included in clean beauty bc they aren’t good for anyone.

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        • Suzi

          Hi Kayla,

          From the research I’ve done I don’t find them to be harmful in the amounts listed in the products. I’ve spoken to many cosmetic chemists and they said phenoxyethanol is not a concern at all compared to other ingredients. It’s been demonized but the hard evidence isn’t there. It’s all in the amounts too, which anything in large amounts can be harmful, even lavender. At the end of the day do what you feel is best!

          Reply
  2. Nicole Haymore

    Have you looked into Pür cosmetics foundation? It’s great coverage but I haven’t found much info on it

    Reply
    • Suzi

      I have, I don’t like the ingredients. It has PEGs in it which is a big no for me.

      Reply
  3. vish

    Is titanium dioxide harmful?

    Does hourglass and bareminerals foundation have toxins or have any harmful chemicals?

    How about 100percentpure foundations ?

    Reply
    • Suzi

      I wouldn’t say that titanium dioxide is harmful. The harm comes into play more when breathing it, then applying it. Hourglass and bareminerals foundation both have ingredients I wouldn’t use. 100% percent pure is a good foundation. I don’t particularly like it, but ingredients are pretty decent.

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      • Tiffiny York

        Kayla I AGREE! do you have any suggestions of totally clean? I want totally clean!!

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        • Suzi

          Hi Tiffany,

          I would love to help you find a clean foundation. Are there specific ingredients you would like to avoid?

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          • Haleigh Bentley

            Hi!

            Thanks for all the helpful suggestions for clean foundations. I was curious what your thoughts were on the Merit or Saige products. Both advertised as clean beauty products but just wanted to see if you have looked into their ingredients. Thanks! 🙂

  4. Kara

    Do you know of a foundation that is medium to full coverage and made for pink undertones? I love Crunchi but it’s too orange in places for me. I tried the samples from Vapour but it looked and felt greasy/oily on my face. Even with a setting powder.

    Reply
    • Suzi

      Hi Kara,

      RMS Beauty Un Cover up cream foundation would be one I would look into. Also Westman Atelier Vital Skin Foundation Stick.

      Reply
  5. Aimee Silva

    Hi! Between Crunchi & Exa, which foundation lasts the longest throughout the day?!

    Reply
    • Suzi

      Hi Aimee,

      Crunchi! They’re both good, but Crunchi definitely stays put quite well!

      Reply
  6. Thanelle Wright

    Hi Suzi! I was wondering if the Kosas Tinted Face Oil is the only “foundation” from that brand that is natural? I was looking at the Revealer Skin Improving Foundation SPF 25 but I’m skeptical of some of the ingredients. What is your opinion it?

    Reply
    • Suzi

      Hi Thanelle,

      What specific ingredients are you concerned about?

      Reply
    • Eve

      Hi Suzi!
      Do you have recommendations for a clean foundation that is light-medium coverage (mostly to smooth tone and give brightness/dewy-ness) for dry skin and also caters to medium-light cool tones? Thanks in advance!

      Reply
      • Suzi

        Hi Eve,

        Yes, I would recommend Westman Atelier’s Complexion Drops. Gives a beautiful dewy finish to the skin and brightness. They do have great medium-light cool tones as well.

        Reply
  7. Melissa W

    I’m 59 and looking for a clean foundation that is full coverage and stays. Thank you

    Reply
    • Suzi

      Hi Melissa,

      I would recommend Beautycounter Skin Twin and Crunchi’s Beautifully Flawless Foundation.

      Reply
      • Shalyn

        How would you compare the water foundation from 100% pure with crunchi and skin twin? Would you say these last longer?

        Reply
        • Suzi

          I haven’t used 100% Pure. Last I checked 100% Pure wasn’t as clean.

          Reply
  8. Sylvia Lessa

    Hi Suzi. What do you think of IL MAKIAGE foundations? They are advertising on YouTube. Also, do the brands you recommend have sunscreen in them? I live in Hawaii and I need something very light weight to even out my skin while providing sun protection. Is there one out of your list of 9 that you like best for skin over 50 that’s light weight, natural looking and moisturizing?

    Reply
    • Suzi

      Hi Sylvia,

      The IL Makiage Foundations are not great- I looked into their ingredients. Most of the brands I recommend don’t have sunscreen in them. I would recommend for a sunscreen, with decent coverage that’s lightweight: Tower28 Beauty Sunny Days SPF 30 Foundation and also Suntegritys 5-in-1 Moisturzing Lotion.

      Reply
      • Ann

        Hi Suzi, what do you think of Ordinary serum and coverage foundations. I have been using them for a while now.

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        • Suzi

          Hi Ann,

          Not a fan, they are a greenwash brand in my opinion. They have PEGs in their products and those can be contaminated with 1,4dioxane- carcinogen.

          Reply
  9. Auna

    Hi Suzi! Love your list. I am beginning the process of going as clean as I possibly can. In regards to a medium to full coverage foundation, what is the cleanest brand you have found? I have combination skin that needs great coverage but can still breathe.

    Reply
    • Suzi

      Hi Auna,

      I would recommend a couple. The first is Exa’s High Fidelity Foundation. It is buildable and feels very lightweight on the skin. You might not get the full coverage, but it’s pretty close. I like that it covers redness, hyperpigmentation but doesn’t feel heavy. Also, very good ingredients! Another one I would recommend is Crunchi’s Beautifully Flawless Foundation. It offers medium to full coverage, and amazing ingredients. Great for combination skin too.

      Reply
  10. Linda Huskins

    I’m wondering what your opinion of Jane Iredale foundations is?

    Reply
    • Suzi

      Hi Linda,

      It’s ok. I prefer the powder foundations over the liquid. The liquid separates. The powders are nice, especially for helping control oil and shine.

      Reply
  11. Kat

    A great article Suzi, thank you for the indepth reviews, so helpful!

    I would really love your opinion.
    I’m 45, have never worn any kind of foundation or anything, just some powder blush to not look dead in winter.
    I’m wanting to start using some light, natural and clean foundation of some sort- I’m getting a bit of middle-age-acne and my skin tone isn’t as bright and even as it once was.
    What would you recommend for basically a make-up newbie for a simple “no make up” look?
    Thanks again!

    Reply
    • Suzi

      I love Westman Atelier’s Complexion Drops. They really look like your skin but enhanced. Gives you a dewy look. You don’t need a ton. I also love their cream blushes too. Great for not looking overdone. Their powder bronzer is amazing! My favorite. It’s not heavy, so doesn’t look cakey at all.

      Reply
  12. Sammy

    Hi Suzi!
    Have you yet tried or have an opinion about Chanecaille?

    Reply
    • Sammy

      Oops. It’s with a t, Chantecaille!

      Reply
    • Suzi

      Hi Sammy,

      I don’t like their ingredients. They contain PEGs which can be contaminated with 1,4 dioxane which is a carcinogen.

      Reply
  13. Amy Logan

    Would love to know what deoderants you like.

    Reply
    • Suzi

      Hi Amy,

      I really like Primally Pure’s Blue Tansy Deodorant and their Charcoal Deodorant. Also, love Ursa Major’s Sublime Sage Spray Deodorant and their Hoppin’ Fresh.

      Reply
  14. Nora

    Suzi, what is your opinion on Jones Road What the Foundation?

    Reply
    • Suzi

      Hi Nora,

      I’ve tried a handful of their products. Some are cleaner than others. Didn’t love them all. Really love their Miracle Balm! Haven’t tried their foundation.

      Reply
  15. Kit

    Hi, I am looking for a non toxic (or minimal) liquid foundation for my 10 year old daughter. She needs make up for dance competition. Which one would you recommend the best?

    Reply
    • Suzi

      Hi Kit,

      A couple options. I would check out Beautycounter’s Skin Twin. Light, but buildable and will stay put for competitions. They test for heavy metals too. Another one that is more of a spot treatment, which might be nice since she’s younger is RMS Beauty Un Coverup. It will cover redness and even skin tone out. I wouldn’t get any tinted moisturizer as they have sunscreen in them and can make her face turn white in photos or pale looking.

      Reply
  16. Dena R Johns

    Thoughts on Arbonne? They claim to be clean. Do you know if that’s accurate?

    Reply
    • Suzi

      Hi Dena,

      I looked into their products before and they aren’t up to my standards.

      Reply
  17. Brigitte

    Hi Suzi,

    New here! What do you think of the Au Naturale foundation stick? They market it as clean/non toxic, it’s not on the list so are there any hidden ingredients or something you don’t like about it?
    Thanks!

    Reply
    • Suzi

      Hi Brigitte,

      I have used it but just didn’t love it. Really love Ogee’s foundation stick or Westman Atelier’s stick.

      Reply
  18. Danielle

    New to the clean beauty world. Loving all the Crunchi reviews, but EWG has it listed as a 4 on their clean scale. Do you know what they consider not clean in the foundation?

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    • Suzi

      Hi Danielle,

      Welcome! Excited you’re diving in. You have to be careful with EWG. Since it’s a computer, they don’t get it all right. They are rating the foundation low for rose fruit oil- which is totally fine, but they list as a potential allergy. They also are saying sodium benzoate, which it’s just all about the amount and what other ingredients are in there. I would not be concerned 😉

      Reply
  19. Molly M

    Great review! Thank you, beauty.

    Reply
    • Suzi

      Hi Molly,

      Thanks so much!

      Reply
  20. Chantalle

    Hi Suzi,

    Thanks for your insights.

    Could you recommend a clean serum foundation without coconut oil/coconut alkanes and without water in a light neutral or cool shade?

    Powders just don’t work for my dry skin.

    I’m looking for a brand that’s also vegan and cruelty-free. Have yet to track down this unicorn and am hopeful you can help.

    Thank you!

    Reply
    • Suzi

      Hi Chantalle,

      Let me dig into this. Offhand I don’t but let me do some research. I’ll be back with my findings. 🙂

      Reply
  21. Aimee Rogers

    Hi Suzy,
    Every foundation breaks me out especially ones with silicone, oils etc. I like full coverage not greasy. What would you recommend? Thanks Aimee

    Reply
    • Suzi

      Hi Aimee,

      Have you tried Beautycounter’s Skin Twin Foundation? I find it doesn’t break most people out and can be full coverage if you want. They also have a 60 money back guarantee so if for some reason you don’t like it you can get your money back which is so nice!

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      • Dana

        Hi Suzi,
        I have dry 51 year old fair skin with pink undertones. I was looking for a clean foundation that does not break me out. I have extremely sensitive skin and was looking for a medium dewy coverage. Also I would prefer unscented, dimethicone free and oil free.

        Reply
        • Suzi

          Hi Dana,

          I don’t know of a truly oil free foundation, unless you used a mineral powder. The mineral powders I would recommend are Almia Pure.

          Reply
    • Pinky

      Hi, I’m 34 years old, I have dry & sensitive skin. I use IL Makiage.
      But I found that they’re not “clean”. Which one do u recommend for daily medium & sometimes full coverage?

      Reply
      • Suzi

        I would check out Beautycounter Foundation Skin Twin. Such a great buildable foundation and good for sensitive skin.

        Reply
  22. Elaine

    What do you think of lancome skin care and foundation?

    Reply
    • Suzi

      Hi Elaine,

      I’m not a fan- it’s not a clean product.

      Reply
  23. Anna

    Out of all of these which one are you using daily? Or what are your top two? I need Choices narrowed down to help me decide 😂

    Reply
    • Suzi

      Hi Anna,

      It depends on the season. For winter I like a little more hydration like Westman Ateiler’s Vital Skin Drops. Really dewy and gives my skin a smooth look and great coverage. I also like Beautycounter’s Twin Skin Foundation for everyday wear even in the summer months. Hope that helps! 🙂

      Reply
  24. Chels

    Out of all 9 listed, which is your top pick?

    I have sensitive, oily, acne prone skin, so I need all the help I can get!

    Reply
    • Suzi

      Beautycounter Skin Twin is a great option! It can be returned within 60 days too if you don’t like it for some reason.

      Reply
  25. Danielle

    I am looking for a foundation that doesn’t have PEG in it. Every time I would buy different foundation my eyes would swell and face. I’m allergic to PEG. Any help I would appreciate it. I prefer trying it on so I know what color to use.

    Reply
    • Suzi

      Hi Danielle,

      None of these foundations have PEGs in them. I don’t allow it in my foundations either.

      Reply
  26. Moselle Bohorquez

    Is mineral Fusion any good?

    Reply
    • Suzi

      Hi Moselle,

      I think they are a decent option for clean makeup products. Affordable too compared to many clean beauty brands. I haven’t tried there products for a long time so I can’t speak to the effectiveness.

      Reply
  27. Elizabeth Yglecias

    I’m a 67 yr old fair completed (light neutral/olive tones) Latina. I like to feel my face breathing and use light to medium coverage. I typically don’t spend too much time in the sun, but on occasion I do. Should I wear foundation with SPF all the time or use different ones depending on the amount of expected sun exposure? Which brands do you recommend with and/or without SPF. I want the safest and cleanest possible options.

    Reply
    • Suzi

      Hi Elizabeth,

      It really depends on what you’re doing. Some occasions you want more of a full coverage foundation and some you are in the pool and can get by with a tinted moisturizer. For a tinted moisturizer with spf I like Beautycounter’s Dew Skin. I also like Suntegrity’s 5-in-1 moisturizer.

      Reply
  28. Emily

    Are bare minerals or tarte foundations natural ingredients?
    Thank you !

    Reply
    • Suzi

      Hi Emily,

      No, I wouldn’t consider either clean brands. They fall under the “greenwashing” categories.

      Reply
    • Suzi

      Hi Lyndsey,

      I tested it out years ago and I just didn’t love it. The texture felt like a paint thinner to me. It didn’t wear well throughout the day either for me.

      Reply
  29. Kayla

    Hey Suzi,
    What are your thoughts on Arbonne’s foundation? They claim to be non-toxic and I love the feel of it, but I heard a few mixed reviews about some ingredients. Does there ingredient list look non-toxic to you?

    Reply
    • Suzi

      Hi Kayla,

      It has Cyclopentasiloxane as it’s second ingredient which means there is a lot of this in the formula. Cyclopentasiloxane does have concerns noted of low neurotoxicity, and endocrine disruption. The biggest issue really is that it has a high rate of bioaccumulation- meaning over time it can get stored in the body. That’s the biggest red flag.

      Reply
  30. Jill S

    Hey Suzi-

    I have acne prone, sensitive skin. Which foundation would you recommend for me? I prefer full coverage.

    Reply
    • Suzi

      Exa is great for acne prone skin and sensitive skin. 🙂

      Reply
  31. uzma syed

    Hi Suzi, what do you think about Odacite SPF 50 Flex-Perfecting™ Mineral Drops Tinted Sunscreen for dry mature skin, I am 50.

    Reply
    • Suzi

      Hi Uzma,

      It’s very moisturizing and very oily. If you like something that is light and isn’t going to give you a ton of coverage it may be a good option.

      Reply
  32. Ayla

    Hi there. Not sure if you are still responding to comments, but I am wanting to do a full on replacement of all of my makeup to healthier options. The obstacle I am coming across is that I have no way to figure out my shade in certain products or just generally try them out at all before spending a ton of money on something I might not like that much. This article is really helpful, but I still feel like I would need to try them to get a sense of coverage and color….do you have any suggestions of how I might go about doing that? Like, could I go to Sephora and would they have some of these to try and then I could come buy them from you so you get the commission?

    Reply
    • Suzi

      HI Ayla,

      Aww, thanks for considering purchasing through my link- I so appreciate that! Yes, you can get some of these from Sephora. Also, I would reach out to brands, often brands will send samples if you pay for shipping.

      Reply
  33. Brigette Dugas

    Hey there, I’m new to clean beauty and trying to figure it all out! What do you think of Toups & Co?

    Reply
    • Suzi

      Hi Brigette,

      Toups & Co is very clean! I am about to start testing it out and have a blog post slated for the new year. 🙂

      Reply
  34. Courtney

    Hi Susie,

    What do you think of Clinique products and Naked and thriving products? But are marked as “clean”

    Reply
    • Suzi

      Hi Courtney,

      Clinique is not a clean brand unfortunately, and Naked & Thriving I wasn’t familiar with but just looked them up and they look decent!

      Reply
  35. jenn

    Are there any clean cosmetic foundation brands that do not have any sunscreen/sunblock ingredients?

    Reply
    • Becky Langner

      Hi Jenn- All listed in this post are without SPF.

      Reply
    • Carolyn Duncan

      Hello,
      What is your thoughts on LilyLolo’s
      Mineral Foundation and BB Cream?
      Thank you!

      Reply
      • Suzi

        Hi Carolyn,

        I like the products. Not my favorites, didn’t seem like they had great longevity to them for me personally.

        Reply
  36. Crystal

    Thank you for this list! I’ve been researching for weeks to find a new foundation that is super clean. I’m noticing a lot of foundations have sunflower oil in them and I avoid it as much as possible because of the high chance of it being rancid. Have you tried Ere Perez Oat Milk Foundation? It seems very clean and doesn’t have sunflower/safflower oil in it. I would love to hear your thoughts if you have any? Thanks!

    Reply
    • Suzi

      I haven’t tried it, but if I do I’ll be sure to add it to the list. 🙂

      Reply
  37. Carolyn Duncan

    Your thoughts on Zinc Oxide, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxide in a Mineral Foundation

    Reply

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