Lately I keep thinking about how our skin is our body's largest organ, and I've been trying to take better care of that department than I have up until now (never too late to start, right?). In addition to trying the basics of skin care, like drinking more water, etc., I've also been looking around for months and months to find beauty products that do a really good job while having the least toxic ingredient list. One helpful tool when searching for healthier products is the EWG website where you can see breakdowns and ratings of thousands of products so you can check out how toxic your own products are as well as search for more natural versions.
Foundation was actually never a big thing for me growing up. I think I just liked to not wear much makeup (I actually don't wear any most of the time – my snapchat gummergal will attest to that!), and I was blessed with mostly clear skin. So I just had a little concealer stick and that was it. I now enjoy playing with makeup a lot more than I used to, and I have been battling dermatitis on my face for a few years now (trying some nutrition changes to see if that will help). So foundation makes a much bigger impact for me than it used to. Through some Internet digging and trying friend recommendations, I've created a foundation routine that I really like, and all the products are rated a 2 or below on the EWG toxicity scale of 1-10!
On the before, you can see the patches of red that still show up (especially on my cheeks) even when my dermatitis looks its best, and I tend to have darker or bluish tones under my eyes as well. The foundation really helps even out the skin tone and the bronzer helps to contour and give the face a sun-kissed glow!
The first thing I put on this Juice Beauty Perfecting Cream concealer in Sand under my eyes and on any trouble spots. I just use my finger to blend it into the skin. Next, I use a makeup sponge and cover my face in a light layer of Juice Beauty Stem Cellular CC Cream (in Warm Glow) for a more even overall complexion. The CC cream does have a bit of a plant-based "healthy" smell to it, but it fades pretty quickly once applied.
To finish and set the liquid foundation, I apply this Rejuva Minerals loose foundation (in Natural Beige) with a makeup powder brush and then do a bit of contouring with the Rejuva bronzer and a smaller brush to finish up. All done! You can also buy these in tiny jars for $6 to test different colors or send them a sample of your current foundation for them to match.
I like how the finished look doesn't appear cakey or dry, and I really like knowing that it looks good without all the possible added toxins that a lot of other foundations have. If I don't feel like doing the liquid and loose foundation routine, I'll just use the loose Rejuva powders and head out the door! I also like to store all my foundation items together in a cute makeup bag so I don't have to hunt down each piece as I need them. Since I love getting recommendations for natural products, I thought I'd share these with you and hope that one of them will be a match for you too! xo. Laura
Credits // Author: Laura Gummerman, Photography: Laura Gummerman and Todd Gummerman. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions.