After discovering the Environmental Working Group's Skin Deep website, and writing this post in which I wildly confessed all my cosmetic sins, I stopped wearing any foundation on my face. It was a sacrifice at first because I have really red skin tones, and just didn't feel as pretty. (Though admittedly I care a lot less about how I look these days than ever before, and don't care much who sees me bare-faced). But I got used to it, and loved the feeling of having nothing on my skin!
Still, the first time I showed up at my mom's house after going bare she said, "Looks like you got a sunburn this weekend!" I smiled and said, "Actually, this is my natural coloring." She laughed and said, "No... I know your natural coloring." I insisted that I hadn't been in the sun at all, and she was just used to me wearing make-up for the last 12 years or so. I comforted her for her mistake, telling her that on multiple occasions other girls had told me I was "wearing too much blush," when in fact I have never worn any.
So although I'm a convert to natural skin, and most days wear nothing on my face, I wanted to find something that wouldn't be so bad to use on days that I need to be more dolled up. And I discovered Everyday Minerals. All of its base products are rated 1-2 on Skin Deep, which means they are "low hazard" products, free of chemical preservatives, etc. The best part is you can order a package of seven free samples (with $2 shipping) --- I did so and can tell the samples will last me a long time! Once they run out, the prices on the regular products are much more reasonable than most natural cosmetics.