The 7 Best All-Natural Foundations, According to Byrdie Readers
As we've often reiterated here on Byrdie, there's no official definition of "natural" makeup because there's no official standard for what makes a product natural. What we do know, however, are which ingredients are not found in nature and could possibly do harm in the form of skin irritation, breakouts, and things we might not even know of, since the FDA doesn't require cosmetics companies to test their products for safety. Such ingredients include artificial fragrance, lead, parabens, and phthalates—many of which are common in foundation formulas.
This is a problem for some consumers, who don't want potentially harmful ingredients so close to their skin every day and would prefer a natural, nontoxic formula. But again, because brands are essentially allowed to throw around the word "natural" whenever they want, not all foundations can be trusted. So we turned to you, our savvy Byrdie readers, to find out which foundations are actually nontoxic and worth buying. Keep scrolling to find the 7 best natural foundations, according to our readers.
One reader, a beauty guru from the UK named Ellie, swears by this certified organic pick, which is made with ingredients like sweet almond seed oil, coconut oil, and jojoba seed oil. "If you prefer a foundation with slightly more coverage I would recommend [it]," she says. "Although the coverage is a little heavier, it still looks lovely and natural."
"I love Lily Lolo foundation," says a reader named Dorota of this British cosmetics company. The silky mineral formula has SPF 15, is noncomedogenic, and contains light-reflecting mica to mask imperfections and give the skin an airbrushed effect.
Multiple Byrdie readers are fans of this ultra-lightweight Ilia pick that contains hydrating ingredients like aloe and jojoba oil. "[It has a] mousse-y texture that actually feels refreshing rather than heavy when applied," says one named Michelle. "Not the fullest coverage, but good for a light and natural look."
Vapour's organic liquid foundations was one of the first natural formulations to earn a cult following. Byrdie readers love it for its satiny medium coverage.
This unique serum formula (which combines makeup pigment with skincare) has captured the hearts of many in-the-know natural beauty fans, including a Byrdie reader named Lauren, who swears you get full coverage with just a drop and a half of product. "Beautiful satin matte," she describes. "Makes [your] skin even better while wearing it."
This beloved product can be used as a concealer or foundation and both Byrdie readers and editors are obsessed with it. A delightfully simple, hydrating formula (consisting of ingredients like coconut oil, jojoba oil, and rosemary extract), make it one of the market's best-selling natural makeup products.
A makeup artist favourite, Dr. Hauschka's makeup is not only certified organic but super-high-quality formulas. Their light- to medium-coverage foundation is made with hydrating pomegranate, macadamia nut oil, and coconut oil, and according to users, it blends beautifully.
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