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Best clean foundations for a glowing complexion

These five foundations are so clean, you'll actually want to put them on your face.

Flawless skin with eco friendly clean foundation

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Most traditional foundations, whether drugstore or high-end, are full of ingredients that don't belong on your skin. And let's not even get into the beauty industry's wasteful packaging practices, which often leave you spending more money on plastic than on product.

For something that goes all over your face, we recommend choosing a clean foundation made with trustworthy ingredients by people- and planet-minded brands. 

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ZAO Silk Foundation

Why It's Cool
A natural-looking foundation, ZAO has an eye towards clean, low-waste beauty. The company offers gorgeous bamboo cases with your first purchase; when you run out, grab the more affordable refill to reduce the amount of packaging in your beauty routine.

$16.24 – $24.44

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natural-looking ZAO Silk Foundation

Gabriel Moisturizing Liquid Foundation

Why It's Cool
Unique for many clean beauty brands, Gabriel offers a medium- to full-coverage foundation option for those of us who don't want sheer coverage. Their products are all made without synthetic chemicals or animal byproducts, and come in glass packaging. The company even offers a recycling program for spent containers.


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Gabriel Moisturizing Liquid Foundation

Elate Cosmetics Refresh Organic Liquid Foundation

Why It's Cool
Made from natural, fair-trade ingredients, this vegan, cruelty-free liquid foundation is lightweight and hydrating, so you'll feel glowy all day. Their color range also caters to a variety of skin tones.


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Elate Cosmetics vegan, cruelty-free liquid foundation

trestique Foundation Stick

Why It's Cool
Trestique's clean foundation offerings are unique: they offer medium-coverage, buildable products in a stick form that can be refilled! Whatever part of the packaging needs to be recycled can be dropped off at any Credo store in the U.S. or mailed back to trestique.


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Trestique Clean Foundation Stick

INIKA Organic Liquid Foundation

Why It's Cool
"Pure with purpose." That's INIKA's motto, and their 100% natural products live up to that. The first makeup brand to be certified plastic neutral, their longwearing liquid foundation comes with a host of certifications and awards that prove INIKA's the real deal.


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INIKA - Organic Liquid Foundation | Vegan, Non-Toxic Beauty
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