13 incredible foundations that just so happen to be vegan

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Giving a vegan lipstick a go isn’t much of a gamble – if you don’t love it just wipe it off and pop on another one. Foundations on the other hand, require a little more risk. If it doesn’t work out you probably won’t have the time to take it off and start again from scratch, leaving you with a less than fabulous finish for the rest of the day. 

So, can vegan foundations really be as good as the regular ones we’re used to?

Yes, yes they can. Vegan beauty is booming and the supply has met the demand with luxuriously-formulated, animal-friendly products that are just as good – if not better – than their non-vegan counterparts. 

But, like everything in beauty, there’s no one size fits all coverage or finish. For that reason, we’ve ensured there’s all kinds – dewy, matte, full-coverage, lightweight. Whatever you’re looking for, we’ve got you. 

Scroll ahead for our 13 picks for the best vegan foundations you can buy in Australia. 

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Nude by Nature Liquid Mineral Foundation

Coverage: Light-medium 

Finish: Matte

Nude by Nature Liquid Mineral Foundation  is chock-full of skin-loving ingredients like vitamins C & E, jojoba, green tea and Australian active ingredients, so it improves skin health while providing lightweight coverage. 

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DB Cosmetics Luminous Hydrating Foundation

Coverage: Medium

Finish: Dewy

DB Cosmetics Luminous Hydrating Foundation is enriched with green tea, hyaluronic acid and aloe vera, to improve the look of skin while giving a radiant glow. 

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jane iredale Beyond Matte™ Liquid Foundation

Coverage: Medium-full

Finish: Matte

jane iredale Beyond Matte™ Liquid Foundation is a three-in-one foundation, primer and concealer. Minimising the appearance of pores and smoothing out skin tone, this one is perfect for days where you’ll be taking a ton of selfies. 

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ulta3 Fresh Faced Serum Foundation

Coverage: Light-medium

Finish: Dewy

ulta3 Fresh Faced Serum Foundation feels light on the skin, and is enriched with vitamins E and B5 to nourish the skin while giving a radiant finish. 

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bareMinerals Complexion Rescue Hydrating Foundation Stick

Coverage: Medium

Finish: Radiant

bareMinerals Complexion Rescue Hydrating Foundation Stick (mecca.com.au, $49) has a water-based formula and moisturising ingredients for all day hydration. 

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Too Faced Born This Way Foundation

Coverage: Medium-full

Finish: Semi-matte 

Too Faced Born This Way Foundation (mecca.com.au, $60) has an oil-free formula that’s enriched with coconut water and hyaluronic acid for long-lasting hydration. 

Ellis Faas Skin Veil Foundation

Coverage: Medium

Finish: Radiant

Ellis Faas Skin Veil Foundation (mecca.com.au, $113) adds moisture and blurs imperfections, evening out the complexion without being overly thick. 

Stila Stay All Day Liquid Foundation

Coverage: Full

Finish: Matte

Stila Stay All Day Liquid Foundation (mecca.com.au, $61) is perfect for those who constantly find themselves touching up on the go. The handy foundation/concealer hybrid lasts all day long without feeling heavy on the skin. 

Urban Decay Stay Naked Weightless Liquid Foundation

Coverage: Medium

Finish: Natural

Urban Decay Stay Naked Weightless Liquid Foundation (mecca.com.au, $60) has been created to be as natural as possible while still providing medium-coverage. With 50 shades on offer, there’s one to suit everyone’s skin tone. 

Anastasia Beverly Hills Luminous Foundation

Coverage: Medium

Finish: Radiant

Anastasia Beverly Hills Luminous Foundation (mecca.com.au, $70) is long-wearing and lightweight, looking fresh and luminous right through from desk to drinks. 

Jouer Essential High Coverage Crème Foundation

Coverage: Full

Finish: Matte

Jouer Essential High Coverage Crème Foundation (mecca.com.au, $58) has been formulated with hyaluronic acid and chamomile, soothing and hydrating while giving an airbrushed finish. 

MECCA MAX Life Proof Longwear Foundation

Coverage: Medium-full

Finish: Matte

MECCA MAX Life Proof Longwear Foundation (mecca.com.au, $32) was created for people who want to put on their foundation in the morning and have it stay in place right until they get home (however late that may be). The creamy and buildable formula feels like satin on the skin and won’t get dry or flaky throughout the day. 

elf Acne Fighting Foundation

Coverage: Full

Finish: Matte

elf Acne Fighting Foundation (adorebeauty.com.au, $16) covers imperfections while treating acne with its salicylic acid, aloe vera, tea tree and witch hazel enriched formula.

What’s your favourite foundation?  Main image credit: @emmachenartistry

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  1. I’ve got that BareMinerals stick foundation on my wish list. I have tried it at a Mecca store, and I loved it. It was light and easy to blend, but still gave great coverage, and felt very hydrating. I’m currently using BareMinerals Complexion Rescue Tinted moisturiser and I love it. I’ve been using it for years.

  2. Ive tried the Nude by nature ones and they work well for me. I think my favorite at the moment is a Natio foundation. I dont use foundation very often at this time of year as its just to darn hot and its not like im going anywhere overly exciting anyway.

  3. I've used the Nude by Nature. I picked up a sample pot of the BareMinerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Moisturiser at Mecca yesterday so I'm eager to try that. I'd also like to try the DB Cosmetics Luminous Hydrating Foundation.

  4. Ooh I'd love to try the Urban Decay, the NBN one wasn't good enough for coverage for me. It gave me a glow, but not an overall "medium finish" which, means the redness in my cheeks etc wasn't covered.

  5. Thanks for the list BH. I don’t see why any makeup needs animal products in them these days. Having just tried the nude by nature one in a BH trial team I can definitely say there’s no need for animal products in foundation.

  6. I've heard mostly positive things about the DB foundation but I'm not sure if it would work for me due to its luminous finish. These types of foundations often sink into larger pores and accentuate them.

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