Beauty

Natural and Organic Foundations for All Skin Types

By Sjaniël Turrell
17.03.19

If you're hunting for the perfect natural, organic foundation - look no further. Holistic make-up artist and nutritional therapist Sjaniël Turrell shares her comprehensive guide to finding the perfect clean foundation according to your skin type and level of coverage required:

 

Finding a clean foundation that is just right for you can be a challenging process as colours and textures can vary quite a bit from the commercial norm. The main difference in formulation for clean foundations is the omission (as much as possible) of silicone as one of the main ingredients. As a base, these foundations will use different types of plant-based oils or water-based formulas that are made to try and mimic the texture and feel of the smoothness of silicone. The ins and outs of silicone needs an article of it’s own, but simply put, it is a non-biodegradable, man-made substance that does not allow the skin to breathe.

Natural and organic products focus on nourishing ingredients for skin’s health, but also avoid synthetic ingredients that we now know are harmful to us or the environment such as parabens, mineral oils, PEGs and a myriad of other laboratory-designed cheap ‘filler’ synthetic chemicals. Often your foundation is the product that is causing much of the skin issues you are trying to cover with that exact product. 

So how to find the right one for you? After over five years of doing makeup on all people of all ages (not only those genetically gifted models) with only natural products, I have discovered which bases and brands work best for different skin types. You may need to try a few samples to begin with because every person’s preference and skin is different, but with this guide you will have a good idea where to start. 

(MORE: BEST NATURAL AND ORGANIC FOUNDATIONS FOR DARK SKIN TONES)
 

FOUNDATIONS FOR NORMAL SKIN

If you have skin that doesn’t give you too much upset other than the odd hormonal breakout here and there, one; count yourself very blessed and two, finding what works for you will be more about individual preference and colour than anything else. Below are my favourite options for normal skin, but you are certainly not limited to trying only these options as many different textures can work on this skin type and it will depend more on how different types of oils absorb into your individual skin. 

Sheer coverage 

 

 

Natural coverage 

Full coverage 

FOUNDATIONS FOR DEHYDRATED SKIN


If your skin is delicate and thin, or tends to be on the dehydrated side, you can opt for waxier and oilier textures. Avoid products that contain alcohol (also written as alcohol denat or ethyl/ethanol and not to be confused with - cetearyl alcohol and benzyl alcohol that are components of other substances and not alcohol) as these will further dehydrate your skin. Creamier and oil based or waxy textures work best because they also moisturise - though your skincare regime is the first port of call. If you have very delicate or fair skin you may find that even ‘sheer’ or ‘tinted’ products appear way more makeup-like on your skin than it would on others. If you prefer a simple even tone without too much coverage go for the lightest textures. 

 

Sheer coverage 

 

Natural coverage 

Full Coverage

 

FOUNDATIONS FOR OILY SKIN


Whether your skin has an oily T-zone or a waxier surface texture, oilier skin types tend to have larger pores and often find it difficult to find products that stay on. With natural formulations you want to choose either finer oils that won’t clog pores or water based textures as they have a thinner base and will stay on longer. If you suffer from acne or breakouts often, switching to a cleaner foundation may help your skin in the long run but might create the conundrum of not having quite as much long-lasting coverage as commercial options. If you need optimum coverage, opt for a sheer hydrating formula, followed by a powder foundation that will give you the coverage you need. Some water-based formulas contain alcohol as it evaporates fast and leaves a more long lasting finish on the skin - if you do have broken, painful or reactive skin, look at ingredients lists to avoid alcohol (see the section for dehydrated skin for the explanation on alcohol ingredients). 

 

Sheer Coverage

 

Natural coverage

Full Coverage

FOUNDATIONS FOR MATURE SKIN


My number one tip for those with more mature or skin that has wrinkles is that less is always more. I have not added a ‘full coverage’ section here because full coverage on older skin, well just makes you look even older. This is the time to focus on natural glow and hydration rather than trying to cover up too much. These products below have a more waxy and creamy finish and therefore don’t sit or separate in wrinkles as easily as others. 

 

Sheer Coverage

 

Natural Coverage

FOUNDATIONS FOR FLAKY/DRY SURFACE SKIN


Flaky, dry patches can happen to people with irritated, dry and reactive skin or even those who have oily, acne prone breakouts but dry patches of skin around healing spots. If there is one thing that is almost impossible to hide with foundation it is dry skin patches. The more you try to cover them, the more obvious and caked on the product can look. Your first point of action is to make sure that you are not using a cleanser that is striping your skin of it’s natural oils and then have a good hydrating serum and moisturiser to prep your skin before makeup. Surface hydration and kindness to your skin are key, only then can you start looking at which foundation is right for you. The products below have a thicker, waxy consistency - it’s as if they are better at softening the dry skin bits rather than getting stuck between them. Don’t overwork dry patches, apply product by dabbing it onto those areas rather than rubbing it in. 

(MORE: THE FIVE BEST FACIAL SERUMS AND OILS FOR THE CHANGING SEASON)

Sheer Coverage

Natural Coverage

Full Coverage

Online stockists for foundations listed: 

contentbeautywellbeing.com
amazingy.com
naturisimo.com
alyaka.com

lovelula.com

Sjaniël offers personal product guidance consultations and organic makeup lessons chemistryofwellness.com 

Read Sjaniël's guide to natural and organic foundations for dark skin tones.

For more beauty inspiration, see Sjaniël's Top 10 Natural and Organic Mascaras and Liz McCarthy's Natural Beauty Heroes

 

Natural and Organic Foundations for All Skin Types