Finding a good foundation is like finding the perfect pair of blue denim jeans - it can take years. And if you’re looking for a clean formula free of toxins, the search is even harder. But it’s not impossible - the secret is just knowing where to look. So here, organic makeup artist and The Green Edit founder Cathy Tolpigin has compiled some of her favourite options for all skin types. Whether you want full coverage for acne-prone skin or a lightweight, radiant option, it’s all here.
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Keep scrolling for our pick of the best clean foundation formulas.
Inika Organic Certified Organic Liquid Foundation
This is for those who want coverage that’s fresh, dewy and lightweight. It’s a liquid formula that’s loaded with hyaluronic acid, green tea and argan oil, making it perfect for normal to dry skin types. Try bouncing into skin with a damp beauty blender for a really radiant finish.
Sensitive, acne-prone and oily skin types will love this clean mineral powder from Kylie’s Professional. Not only does it offer buildable coverage, but it sits comfortably on the skin and won’t irritate or clog pores. Buff in with a densely-packed brush for full coverage, or dust over the face lightly for a sheer finish.
Part makeup, part skincare, this foundation is luxury beauty at its best. It applies like a fluid, so a little goes a long way. The coverage is glowy but natural, and coverage depends on how much you apply. It’s full of botanicals like lemon balm, milk thistle, sea buckthorn and elderflower as well to really nourish the skin. Try mixing a few drops into your moisturiser.
Similar to the Greesa option, the Invisible Touch foundation from Kjaer Weis is more like a tinted serum than a foundation. It’s light and silky, so it will even out skin tone without hiding natural texture. Long term use will enhance skin’s appearance too.
Juice Beauty Phyto-Pigments Flawless Serum Foundation
Enriched with the brand’s signature age defy serum (think vitamin C, vitamin E and grape seed oil), this foundation is a treat for mature skin types. It glides on like a dream, offers serious moisture and won’t settle in wrinkles and fine lines.
The foundation iteration of the brand’s iconic Un-Cover Up Concealer is just as good as you’d hope. It’s creamy, rich and pigmented, so a tiny bit will do your whole face. It’s hydrating thanks to the coconut oil base, but it’s emollient texture can mean it’s a tad heavy for oily or acne-prone skins. Normal to dry complexions though will drink it up.