Look For the Best Natural Foundation for You

What do you look for in a foundation?  Do you look for anything special in a foundation?  Do you even wear foundation?  A lot of us don’t, and I’m in and out of that camp all the time because I just don’t like the feel of heaviness on my skin.  At all.  The most I can handle on my face normally is a very lightweight moisturizer and some blush.  When it’s a special occasion or I need serious coverage for family photos or a random photo shoot.  In my day-to-day life I just don’t like the feel of anything on my skin.

find the right foundation

Still, my skin is a train wreck, and I feel a little better covering up some of this mid-30’s hormonal skin nonsense.   I’ve been on the lookout for just the right thing for awhile, and today I’m partnering with bareMinerals to share a new liquid foundation with you, called bareSkin, and so far I like it a lot.

how to choose the best natural foundation
It’s pretty important to shake up any liquid foundation before you start applying it because all the mineral and liquid goodness sinks to the bottom of the jar in-between uses.  bareSkin® foundation has been 20 years in the making and the ingredients are pretty nice to have on your face; all non-comedogenic, (which means it won’t clog your pores – that’s pretty mandatory when it comes to your facial skin) hypoallergenic, broad spectrum SPF 20 with JoJoba and coconut.
Look For the Best Natural Foundation for You

There’s some serious science behind this bareSkin® foundation, 20 years worth actually, so you know the chemistry is awesome.

the right foundation for your skin
The best part?  It feels like absolutely nothing on my face.

Here’s what I look for in a foundation:

  • Any foundation I put on my skin has to feel like it isn’t there.  My skin is oily and my makeup slides off my face, so I don’t want a mudslide halfway through the day.
  • I want non-comedogenic so my pores don’t get clogged
  • I need sunscreen.  I wish I’d told my 17-year-old self how invaluable it is, but she wouldn’t have listened anyway.  Now that my skin is old enough to show wear-and-tear, sunscreen isn’t optional.
  • I really enjoy foundation that blends well.  We all should be blending our foundation with a brush anyway, did you know that?  So liquid foundation makes extra sense, especially when it’s lightweight and really blendable (totally a word).
  • I buy makeup that’s expensive enough to be good makeup, but I don’t want to spend hundreds of dollars.  It just isn’t worth it to me.  bareSkin has a really, really reasonable price-point at less than $30.  Ridiculous awesome.

I want to know what you look for in a foundation.  What are your must-haves and your stay-away-froms? Leave a comment so I know what the rest of you are doing, I really want to know!

P.S. After May 1, 2014 you can buy bareSkin foundation at bareMinerals.com, bareMinerals boutiques, QVC, Sephora, ULTA, Macy’s, + Dillard’s.


// Big fat thanks to bareMinerals for sponsoring this conversation, a brand who understands and appreciates blogs like mine. //

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Hello there! I'm Allison Czarnecki, founder + editor of Petit Elefant, a blog all about style on a budget for every part of your life: style / home / travel / family. I do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, home remodel projects, and cool DIY crafts you totally want to try. I'm super happily married (to a hot Polish immigrant) and am the mother of two kids, a daughter and son, all of whom are featured here on the regular. We live in the country but we're a little bit rock + roll. Welcome!


  1. Laura :

    Full coverage foundation and I do not mix. My go-to is MAC Face and Body. Buildable if and when I want it to.

  2. Erica :

    I bought bareMinerals foundation powders, thought I didn’t like them, kept them, and then suddenly loved them! Maybe my skin changed again. I’m like you–I want lightweight and have some oil and acne. I also love Mary Kay’s highlighting pen for under eye circles, which get more pronounced during allergy season.

  3. Kellie The Shoe Diva :

    I want something that I can put on in the morning and forget about the rest of the day. This products sounds interesting. Do you recommend it to extremely busy girls who don’t have much time to retouch?