Foundation is a tricky thing. We all want perfect skin but not all of us like wearing makeup. Some of us actually hate it. I, believe it or not, being the makeup lover that I am, do not like the feeling of too much makeup on my face. Foundation especially. I want to be able to hug loved ones and not fear that the makeup is wiping off on their jackets. I want to be able to have my cheeks kissed and not worry that color will be left on lips. These are the things I think about! I also dislike feeling like I am clogging my pores with a bunch of ingredients that are not necessary.
With that said; I do not have perfect skin. I have redness around my nose and severe dark circles, both due to allergies. I get occasional blemishes. I sometimes have really flushed, red cheeks because I am incredibly sensitive and sometimes my skin gets really, really red. I want to feel confident when I am going out and like to know there are options for me to wear on my skin without compromising my comfort.
Thankfully, due to many trials and errors with testing out a plethora of natural foundations, I have come up with four that I not only love, but never make me feel like I am “wearing foundation”, instead, they look like my skin, but better and all of them are perfect for my overly sensitive-self. :)
“Alima Satin Matte Foundation is hypoallergenic, goes on easy and feels like nothing at all. It evens out your skin tone, enhances your complexion and reduces the appearance of fine lines and pores using only the purest mineral pigments.”
I wear three different shades of this foundation. Sometimes I will even blend one or two colors together. My favorite, most-worn shade is “Neutral 2″ although I also use “Neutral 1″ and “Beige 1″. I find either people love or hate mineral foundation. I have always been a huge lover of them. Even though I have dry/sensitive skin, I find that using a moisturizing cream or even oil before applying my mineral foundation helps it to never look cakey or emphasize dry areas. I also always set my mineral foundation with lots of Rosewater. This helps immensely. This is my favorite foundation of all time. Why? because I have the most sensitive skin in the world (or at least close to it) and mineral foundation, especially Alima Pure, is the one foundation I know will never clog my pores, irritate my skin and honestly, it’s the least likely to cause any sensitive or reaction. Also – the coverage is just amazing! (and super buildable).
“Kjaer Weis Foundation refines even the most sensitive, delicate skin. Expect a creamy, beautifully blendable, weightless texture with a semi-matte, light-as-air finish. Blends so well no one will notice you’re wearing makeup, they’ll just notice how beautiful your skin is. Sweet almond seed oil and coconut oil naturally moisturize the skin, while jojoba seed oil are rich in fatty acids that promote skin elasticity and reduce signs of aging.”
I am the shade“Like Porcelain” although I can wear “Paper Thin” in the summer if I make sure to really, really blend. This Cream Foundation is unlike any other cream foundation I have tried. It is literally like a second skin. It applies on the skin seamlessly, and although it contains Coconut Oil, it has never made me break out or made my pores feel clogged. It is pricey but once you purchase the compact, you only have to buy the refillables and it makes the purchase much more affordable and honestly, there is nothing like the packaging from Kjaer Weis. Nothing.
“It’s a serum. It’s a foundation. It’s a multivitamin for your face. Perfect your face with long-term benefits of this revolutionary serum to powder foundation. GRESSA Healing ComplexTM is a proprietary powerhouse blend of carefully selected botanical extracts that care for your skin by providing it with overall balance, radiance and clarity. Minerals provide a tone-correcting coverage natural finish.”
This is probably the most unique of all the foundations I listed because it is a combination of a a skincare + makeup product in all in one. It applies just like a serum but dries to an almost powdery finish (with a beautiful, natural glow). It covers really well and contains so many amazing and beneficial ingredients for the skin. You can wear this and know that not only are you enhancing your features, you are also treating your skin with skin-loving ingredients. Win-Win!
“Effortlessly achieve the look of radiant, healthy skin and a more even complexion with Atmosphere Luminous Foundation. Atmosphere is like nothing you’ve ever tried — a foundation you’ll adore wearing. Atmosphere Luminous is designed for normal, dry, mature, and sensitive skin. It gives a luminous, glowing, natural finish and comes in a precision stick for maximum control. With Vapour’s Light Reflective Technology, the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and pores is diminished. Skin becomes instantly smoother, softer, and more even.”
My preferred color is “115” though I can also make “100” and “110” work depending on the time of year. This is one of the very first natural and organic foundations that I ever used. It’s one that I find myself often going back to, no matter how many other foundations I may try out. It has a heavy scent of Frankincense and Holy Basil (both amazing for healing + calming skin) which can be off-putting to some, but coming from someone with a highly sensitive nose and sense of smell, it has never bothered me, I actually really find the scent to be relaxing, and after applying, the scent starts to go away. This is a wonderful foundation for those with dry skin.
Have you tried any of these foundations? Please share your thoughts and favorites in the comments!
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