When you think about it, choosing a foundation is a bit like trying to pick out the perfect avo. There’s always plenty to choose from and, on the outside, except for subtle differences in shades, there’s very little to tell them apart.
You could grab one at random, or perhaps you go for the one that’s closest to the shade you think is right for you. But one way or another, it's always a bit of a gamble until you get home and open it up. With foundation, as with avos, if you get a good one, it’s magic. If you get it wrong… Well, we all know what that’s like, so the less said about that the better.
In this article, we’re going to take the guesswork out of choosing the best foundation to suit your skin tone and type by looking at the three best foundation products for 2022. We’re proud to have these bad girls as part of our jane iredale mineral foundation performance-based cosmetics range.
Plus, we’ll reveal some insider tips and tricks that make-up artists use to get incredible results from your foundation. So, if you’re after a flawless, even foundation that won’t cake, clump, crease or crack, read on – you’re in for a treat!
What to look for when choosing your next foundation
Before we reveal the three best mineral foundations, let’s take a moment to unpack the crucial characteristics that you should look out for when choosing your foundation. It’s no coincidence that these also happen to be the qualities that set jane iredale mineral makeup apart from the rest.
High-performance dual action formula: makeup plus skincare
jane iredale mineral makeup has a high-quality dual formulation that comprises equal parts make-up and skincare ingredients. As a result, these high-performance foundations combine the long-lasting coverage and no-fade performance of top quality foundation products with skin-loving active ingredients that nourish, moisturise, and protect the skin.
Proven clean, natural, and safe mineral makeup
All jane iredale mineral makeup products are free from harmful toxins, including parabens, talc, phthalates, synthetic fragrances, fillers, and GMO ingredients. Instead, jane iredale mineral foundations are scientifically formulated to include beneficial botanicals that strengthen the skin and leave it looking and feeling great. The non-comedogenic formulas used in all jane iredale products won’t clog your pores and all products are preserved using only highly effective natural ingredients. In addition to being dermatologist and allergy tested, jane iredale mineral makeup is extensively tested for safety, stability, efficacy and performance.
Suitable for use on sensitive skin
Although many different types of foundation can be used on sensitive skin, mineral foundations are most frequently recommended by dermatologists and skin therapists because they are made from natural materials and therefore are less likely to cause irritation. While it is impossible to create a product that absolutely no one in the world will react to, jane iredale has eliminated that top three sensitisers from its makeup range. You won’t find synthetic fragrances, petroleum-based colourants or synthetic preservatives in these foundations. Plus, all jane iredale mineral makeup products are tested for sensitivity, and individuals with extreme chemical sensitivities have been able to use jane iredale makeup without reactions.
Cruelty free makeup that’s not tested on animals
All jane iredale products are certified cruelty free by CCIC (Leaping Bunny) and PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals), which guarantees no animal testing is done on these products. What's more, jane iredale cosmetics are not sold in markets where animal testing is required.
The best vegan-friendly makeup products
jane iredale mineral foundations are 100% vegan and as good for your skin as they are to wear. They are available in a wide range of shades and finishes to suit your skin tone and type.
Which are the three best foundation products and why?
Okay, now let’s take a closer look at the best of the best – the top three mineral foundations of 2022.
Why we love it
This classic-style foundation is incredibly versatile and can be used effectively across a variety of skin types. It minimises the appearance of pores and reduces shine for a smooth, flawless effect.
The three-in-one formula includes primer, concealer, and foundation to yield a semi-matte, photo-ready finish. Available in 18 self-adjusting shades, it is lightweight and long-wearing and offers medium-to-full, buildable coverage.
Perfect match for…
If you’re after a clean, weightless, multitasking, 3-in-1 foundation with buildable, stay-put coverage and a natural-looking semi-matte finish, this one’s for you. The matte finish makes this product ideal for people with oily skin as it won’t leave you with too much shine at the end of the day. Formulated with skin-nourishing plant-based ingredients, it’s also 100% vegan and cruelty free.
Goes well with…
Pair it with the jane iredale Greatshape Contour Kit in your choice of three matte palettes (warm, deep, and cool). Perfect for sculpting, contouring and highlighting, these easily blendable pressed powder shades are packaged in a sleek mirrored gold compact with three generous wells of colour: a contour shade for sculpting and shadowing, a highlight shade to illuminate and enhance features, and a blush shade for a lit-from-within finishing touch.
Why we love it
It looks like a bottle of bubbles, and it’s just as much fun. This delightful liquid mineral foundation includes a serum to hydrate your skin, while the light-reflecting pigment formula provides sheer to medium coverage with a dewy finish that won’t clog your pores.
It diminishes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, evens out skin tone and adheres so well, there is minimal transference.
The beads or spheres visible in the airless pump are actually liposomes encapsulating minerals. The state-of-the-art technology prevents active ingredients from degrading and allows actives to time-release into the skin. It’s also 100% vegan and cruelty free.
Perfect match for…
Ideal for those wanting sheer to medium coverage in a light, non-greasy foundation with a dewy finish, jane iredale’s liquid minerals A foundation is great for normal to dry skin and for people with rosacea. Available in 13 different shades, it can be layered to achieve fuller coverage.
Goes well with…
Liquid minerals has no rated SPF, so you may wish to combine it with jane iredale’s Amazing base refillable flow-through vegan brush (SPF 20) or Amazing Base Loose Mineral Powder or PurePressed Base Mineral Foundation Refill for increased sun protection.
Why we love it
These versatile foundations are great for those days when you’re in a hurry as they take care of three functions in one go. BB creams offer the coverage of liquid foundations with the added benefits of skincare products, and, in the case of jane iredale glow time coverage mineral BB creams, SPF 25 or 17 (depending on the shade you choose).
Perfect match for…
Ideal for when you’re out and about, enjoying the sunshine, jane iredale’s glow time full coverage mineral BB creams offer excellent coverage as well as sunprotection.
They are also water resistant for up to 40 minutes, making them great for active people. Jane iredale BB creams smooth and brighten skin, covering blemishes, minimising the appearance of pores, and disguising wrinkles.
The inclusion of hydrating and anti-aging ingredients makes BB creams the perfect option for people who are looking for extra moisture and protection.
Goes well with…
Set and preserve the flawless coverage of your jane iredale full coverage mineral BB cream using the Purepressed Base Mineral Foundation Refill and a facial spritz from the jane iredale range which includes Calming Lavender Hydration Spray, POMMISST Hydration Spray, Balance Hydration Spray, and D20 Hydration Spray. All of which have been awarded ECOCERT Natural and Organic certification.
Pro tips to get the best results from your jane iredale mineral makeup
As promised, here are some pro tips on how to get that professional finish from your jane iredale foundation.
Start with skincare
Every great masterpiece begins with a properly prepared canvas. Most of the problems we experience with patchy, uneven, flaky foundation are caused by using the wrong skincare products or not following a proper skincare routine, rather than by the foundation itself. To get the best from your jane iredale mineral makeup, we recommend following this simple four-step skincare routine:
- Step one: Cleanse: Make sure your skin is clean and free from leftover makeup, sunscreen, and grime. Using makeup wipes to do this is not enough. You need a high performance cleanser to truly shift the dirt. Start with a balm or oil-based cleanser to remove makeup, then use a gel, cream or milk cleanser to double cleanse your skin.
- Step two: Exfoliate: Exfoliation is the key to a healthy glowing complexion and a smooth skin texture. Getting rid of dead skin cells and stimulating cell regeneration with a gentle exfoliating face wash or an exfoliating serum one to three times a week will ensure that your skin stays silky smooth. This will make all the difference when you apply your jane iredale foundation.
- Step three: Moisturise: For a seamless finish, make sure your skin is properly hydrated. Even if your skin is oily, it’s important to properly moisturise before applying your primer and foundation. Use an emollient barrier cream with moisturising ingredients as part of your regular skincare routine for great results.
- Step four: Prime: Unless you’re using the jane iredale 3-in-1 matte mineral foundation, which already contains primer. You need to prime your skin before applying foundation.The Smooth Affair Brightening Face Primer and Smooth Affair Illuminating Glow Primer are specially formulated to prime your skin so makeup goes on easier and lasts longer. If you’re prone to oily skin, we recommend using the jane iredale Smooth Affair Oily Skin Face Primer or the Absence Oil Control Primer to control oil and soothe, smooth and calm your skin.
Take your time
Always leave time (about half an hour is ideal) for your primers, serums, and moisturisers to be absorbed before applying your foundation. This will prevent any reactions between your skincare products and your foundation that may cause the foundation to clump and flake.
Apply foundation with care for a flawless finish
With jane iredale mineral makeup you can start by simply dispensing a small amount of luxurious foundation and applying it evenly to your skin using a jane iredale flocked sponge. For extra coverage, gently press and roll the sponge onto the your skin.
Finish with a layer of Purepressed Base Mineral Foundation Refill and blend thoroughly with a jane iredale blending/contouring brush for a flawless appearance. Use a hydration spray to set your makeup for a long-lasting freshly made-up look.