The 10 best organic and natural foundations: RMS Beauty, Ilia, Lily Lolo...

The 10 best organic and natural foundations: RMS Beauty, Ilia, Lily Lolo...

Back to nature

Text: Heather Gwyther

In spite of our penchant for certain tweakments, the fact remains: we want to be natural beauties. While some might say that this rests entirely on the fortune of genetics, we happen to think that adhering to a natural beauty routine is basically the same thing. If beauty is in the eye of the beholder, we can only hope that ours are the type to favour sustainable clothing brands and wear natural deodorant — they'd adore us. On that note, here are the best natural and organic foundations for all skin types, tones and concerns. With the right one, being a natural beauty should be the easiest thing in the world.

1. The best for a matte finish: Green People Pressed Powder SPF15

Whether you use Green People's Pressed Powder as a finishing powder or a foundation, the results are the same: matte skin that's still able to breathe. The added SPF protects you from UVA and UVB rays too. And Caramel Medium can also be used as a bronzer.


2. The best for darker (and all) skin tones: RMS Beauty "Un" Cover-Up Cream Foundation

Available in 16 shades, RMS Beauty's "un" cover-up cream foundation is reliably brilliant. Enriched with organic coconut oil and other things that will benefit your skin, expect a glow that could only really be described as 'smug but gorgeous'.


3. The best for luminous skin: Ilia True Skin Serum Foundation

Ilia's True Skin Serum Foundation isn't named as such for no reason — it's as much skincare as it is makeup. Who knew that a foundation with a potent blend of botanical ingredients and a buildable formula was all we needed for true happiness?


4. The best for dry skin: Lily Lolo Cream Foundation

When your skin is dry, not having a foundation that's at least somewhat moisturising is a recipe for misery. Luckily, Lily Lolo's Cream Foundation contains jojoba and argan oils for that purpose. And it blends like nobody's business.


5. The best for anti-ageing: Inika Certified Organic Liquid Foundation

We've extolled the virtues of hyaluronic acid here before, but those were serums — Inika Organic offers the stuff in its Certified Organic Liquid Foundation. As you'd expect, it plumps skin and reduces fine lines in the process. Here's to having the wisdom of age without as much of the appearance.


6. The best for oily skin: Antipodes Mineral Foundation

Wine (as you're probably aware through your own field research) is not the best thing for you in general. But sauvignon blanc grape seeds are when blended with kiwi skin to create Vinanza® Skin Performance+. This is what's in Antipodes Mineral Foundation to stabilise oil production and beautify blemished skin. And it's adept at covering rosacea too.


7. The best for improving overall skin health: Kjaer Weis Invisible Touch Liquid Foundation

No respectable authority on the matter would tell you to sleep in your foundation, but studies have shown that sleeping in the Kjaer Weis Invisible Touch Liquid Foundation actually minimises pores, regulates oil production and improves circulation — all with no excess bacteria on the face to show for it.


8. The best for redness: Ere Perez Quinoa Water Foundation

We assume you're happy to eat quinoa, but would you put it on your face? If it comes in the form of the Ere Perez Quinoa Water Foundation, we'd recommend it. The quinoa battles redness while blackcurrant provides a vitamin hit.


9. The best for a lightweight base: Dr Hauschka Foundation

If all you want is a lightweight base that illuminates your face while blending seamlessly with your natural skin tone, we suggest Dr. Hauschka Foundation.


10. The best for dewy skin: 100% Pure Fruit Pigmented Full Coverage Water Foundation

Enriched with aloe to soothe and green tea to tone, 100% Pure's Fruit Pigmented Full Coverage Water Foundation will give you the dewy skin you've always dreamed of.