Top 5 Cruelty-Free, Vegan Foundations For Every Skin Type

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There are numerous brands in the beauty community that consider themselves to be cruelty-free. From Kat Von D to Anastasia Beverly Hills, Urban Decay to Milk Makeup, these brands all create products that do not harm or kill animals when making or testing products. In order to be considered cruelty-free, this also means brands do not sell in China, as animal testing is required by law in that country.

While you can find an abundance of companies that do meet the requirements of being labeled cruelty-free (you can find a frequently updated list here), have you ever considered trying a foundation that is also vegan? Vegan foundations simply do not contain any animal ingredients or animal derived ingredients such as collagen, beeswax, and squalane. In fact, some of the best foundations in today’s market happen to fit in this category. Here are the Top 5 vegan, cruelty-free foundations you have to try out!

 

5.) Too Faced’s Born This Way Foundation

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Over the last year, people have been running to their local supermarkets to pick up jars of coconut oil for its many benefits from hair conditioning treatments to removing makeup to moisturizers and everything in between. In the same family comes coconut water, an ingredient that can be found in Too Faced’s best-selling products including their Born This Way Foundation. Great for any skin type (yes, even those of you with oily skin), this foundation is oil-free and provides a medium, but buildable, coverage.

With the help of coconut water, which balances the skin’s moisture level so that it’s never under or overly hydrated, the Born This Way Foundation provides one of the most natural looking finishes. This foundation also includes Alpine rose and hyaluronic acid to promote elasticity in the skin and bring about a more youthful appearance, meaning it’s a foundation great for any age! The brand has also been in the process of expanding its color range, so it will soon be great for every skin tone as well. If you love this product and its hydrating benefits, we highly suggest checking out Too Faced’s other products containing coconut water including the Hangover Replenishing Primer, Hangover Primer & Setting Spray, Born This Way Concealer, and Born This Way Ethereal Setting Powder.

 

4.) Kat Von D’s Lock-It Foundation

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It’s safe to say that Kat Von D is the queen of vegan makeup. A vegan herself, Kat Von D has been working towards reformulating products she has released with the goal of a full vegan line in the future. That being said, of course we had to include her Lock-It Foundation to this list!

Formulated with 21 percent pigment, this foundation offers full coverage with a matte finish and is available in over 30 shades. With even the smallest amount of product, this foundation will even your skin tone, will keep your oil at bay, cover blemishes — and even tattoos! To top it all off, the Lock-It Foundation is transfer-resistant and waterproof, so it’ll have you looking your best all day long!

 

3.) Smashbox’s Studio Skin 15 Hour Hydrating Foundation

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When it comes to finding a foundation that won’t flashback in photos or on camera, most people know Smashbox is your go-to brand. They’re the only beauty brand to test their products with the help of the Flashbox, a lightning lab used to test the color of their foundations and concealers to ensure that it will always be consistent. Now the brand is stepping up their game with a foundation that is hydrating, long lasting, transfer-proof, and vegan with the Studio Skin Hydrating Foundation.

With buildable coverage, this medium-to-full foundation provides hydration for all skin types while evening out the skin and blurring imperfections with light-diffusing spheres. What’s best is that this foundation never feels cakey, but instead is one of the most comfortable borderline full coverage foundations you’ll try!


2. Tarte’s Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Full Coverage Foundation

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If you’ve used any product from Tarte, you are most likely familiar with their signature ingredient: Amazonian clay. A natural ingredient that gives a product added longevity, Amazonian clay is used in the majority of Tarte’s products including eye shadow, blush and their Amazonian Clay Full Coverage Foundation. With its almost mousse-like consistency, this foundation provides a 12-hour wear with SPF 15 perfect for any occasion.

Additionally, your skin won’t feel dry despite this foundation’s matte, full coverage finish. Instead, with the help from other skin-loving ingredients like Vitamin A and E, it’ll feel like you’re not even wearing foundation! In a community where everyone is looking to have flawless skin, Tarte helps you achieve that look with a foundation that is weightless while providing skin loving benefits.

 

1. Urban Decay’s Naked Skin Weightless Ultra Definition Liquid Foundation

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Of all the foundations on this list, Urban Decay’s Naked Skin Weightless Foundation is hands down the thinnest formula while providing a medium, but buildable, coverage. The meaning behind the brand’s naked skin line is to show off your skin, but better! This demi-matte foundation is great for any skin type, and trust us when we say a little bit of this product goes a long way.

Urban Decay has also mad it easy to help you find your shade. Have a warm complexion with a yellow undertones? Check out their .0 shades. Have a cool complexion with pink undertones? Check out their .5 shades. Have a warm complexion with a more golden undertone? Check out their .74 shades. And lastly, if your skin has a more neutral undertone, check out their .25 shades.

The Naked Skin Weightless Foundation also includes light-diffusing spheres to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. In other words, this is your go-to if you’re looking to hide those pesky imperfections and show a more radiant you! Now who doesn’t want that?

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  • Lucy Binetti is a publicist, writer, and beauty consultant based in New Jersey. With a main focus in music, she is a Publicity Manager for The Catalyst Publicity Group, Editor-in-Chief for Lucy Out Loud, a contributor to HuffPost and Substream Magazine, with bylines in Galore Magazine, Alternative Press, and Paste Magazine. Having also worked as a beauty consultant for the last six years, she enjoys chatting about makeup do's and don'ts, tips and tricks, and everything in between. She is a lover of all things Disney and is an active movie watcher (primarily of Dirty Dancing, Die Hard, and Home Alone). Follow her shenanigans on Twitter @loserfacelucy and May the Force be with you!

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