14 Best Natural & Clean Foundations of 2022 For Any Skin Tone
Finding a natural, or at least clean, foundation that works for your needs and specific skin tone used to be a major struggle. Now, options abound! Collection shades span up to 45 hues. You can find endless texture variations from oils and whipped moisturizers to powders. Coverage goes from barely there to full-face.
So if you're in the market for something new, try out one of these. Not only are the ingredients clean, but they're the highest quality we've tried.
Jane Iredale Beyond Matte Liquid Foundation
A full-coverage, shine-controlling liquid launched in 18 shades. The semi-matte finish comes from the peptides, and a combo of linseed and celery seed extracts give that smooth, airbrushed-like finish.
Beyond Matte Liquid Foundation, Jane Iredale ($50)
RMS Beauty "Un"Cover-Up Cream Foundation
You have to feel this foundation to understand why it's special: It's basically the texture of a whipped moisturizer, and rubs in like one too. And while RMS Beauty is known for their sheer-leaning cosmetics (just their aesthetic!), this packs major pigment and a velvet-like finish.
"Un"Cover-Up Cream Foundation, RMS Beauty ($52)
Mad Hippie Mineral Concealer
Yes, the natural skin care favorite now makes makeup. The concealer is full coverage, bendable, and just a dab goes a long way. So much so that I've used it in place of foundation in a pinch, or just when I don't feel like doing a full-face of coverup. Also genius: Since they only carry six shades—which are actually very diverse in range—you can order in packs so you can blend and sheer out to make your own perfect match.
Mineral Concealer, Mad Hippie ($21)
Burt's Bees Goodness Glow Tinted Moisturizer
For the tinted moisturizer fans among us, Burt's Bees' newest is, as the name might suggest, good. Tinted moisturizers either fall too heavy on either the tinted or moisturizer side, but with a blend of oils and just enough coverage, this strikes the perfect balance.
Goodness Glow Tinted Moisturizer, Burt's Bees ($10.79)
Guerlain L'Essentiel Natural Glow Foundation
This classic French beauty staple's new 97% natural formula. In pivoting toward natural ingredients, the brand misses nothing of what you might come to expect from them with a silky smooth finish, buildable coverage, and ultra-luxe feel.
L'Essentiel Natural Glow Foundation, Guerlain ($60)
Vapour Beauty Velvet Glow Foundation
Vapour Beauty may be a mainstay for many clean and natural makeup lovers, but they recently got a little makeover themselves. Not only did they launch all-new (more sustainable) packaging and higher color payoff, but 97% of the products were reformulated with significantly less or no water, in an effort to temper the beauty industry's consumption—including this serum-like foundation.
Velvet Glow Foundation, Vapour Beauty ($39)
Sappho Essential Foundation
This is especially great for those with reactive or acne-prone skin, thanks to calming botanicals like aloe vera, chamomile, and calendula, as well as including minimal comedogenic oils. Also: It's free of silicone and dimethicone, if you are one to avoid said ingredients.
Essential Foundation, Sappho ($54)
Ilia True Skin Serum Foundation
Consider it an instant classic: The finish is what I can only describe as "refreshed." It's a lighter coverage so your skin can still peek through, and the potent skin-care-like ingredients plump the skin and help minimize pores.
True Skin Serum Foundation, Ilia ($54)
Alima Pure Satin Matte Foundation
This is ideal for those who prefer a powder option: It's made with just mica, titanium dioxide, zinc oxide, and iron oxide. And it comes in 45 shades with five types of undertones, so you are sure to find one that works for you.
Satin Matte Foundation, Alima Pure ($32)
W3LL People Narcissist Foundation Stick
Kosås Tinted Face Oil
For any and all face oil fans: This is the foundation for you. When picking a coverup, it's always important to remember bases (if you use conflicting ones, it can cause pilling and the like). So if you're go-to skin care regimen is oil-based, the six botanical oils in this will mix effortlessly in.
Tinted Face Oil, Kosås ($42)
Ere Perez Oat Milk Foundation
Luv+Co Melanin Match Mineral Foundation in Matte
Mineral foundations are ideal for those who want to temper oil, as you can easily tap on more of the sebum-absorbing powder as the day goes on. This powder blends in effortlessly and smooths over skin comfortably.
Melanin Match Mineral Foundation in Matte, Luv+Co ($36)
Skin by Mented
This hydrating, cream stick can smooth over targeted areas or the full face, making it a multi-tasking dream. Not to mention it is hypoallergenic and derm-tested, which is ideal for sensitive skin.
Skin by Mented, Mented ($30)
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Alexandra Engler is the Beauty Director at mindbodygreen. She received her journalism degree from Marquette University, graduating first in the department. She has worked at many top publications and brands including Harper's Bazaar, Marie Claire, SELF, and Cosmopolitan; her byline has appeared in Esquire, Sports Illustrated, and Allure.com. In her current role, she covers all the latest trends and updates in the clean and natural beauty space, as well as travel, financial wellness, and parenting. She has reported on the intricacies of product formulations, the diversification of the beauty industry, and and in-depth look on how to treat acne from the inside, out (after a decade-long struggle with the skin condition herself). She lives in Brooklyn, New York.