Best foundation for dark skin

Best foundation for dark skin

Is there anything that makes you feel happier and more complete than finding the perfect partner? We're not talking about your dating life, but rather, the perfect foundation color to complement your skin tone—a task that seems completely impossible if your skin tone is deeper. Trying to find the perfect shade of foundation, not to mention identifying the flat colors in your complexion, sometimes feels like it requires a lab coat. The fact is that the search for the perfect matching shade is much more difficult when there are not enough options. Let's be real: a few tan and brown options won't cut it. Women of color often had to mix a variety of shades to come up with the perfect pairing for their skin, until Rihanna came along and changed the game with her Fenty Beauty line.

While there's still more work to do, foundation options for dark skin have finally expanded, making it easier to find the right shade. This brings us to the importance of the smear in your skin. “Undertone plays a big role in choosing a foundation or any makeup product,” says Min Min Ma, celebrity makeup artist for Jane Iredale. Determine if your skin has cool undertones or warm undertones and finish it with a matching shade of foundation. "As a general rule of thumb, cool undertones need a cool undertone and warm undertones work best with warm undertones," says Ma. If you need help demystifying the undertones under your skin, you can also check out our trusted guide to determining your skin tone.

When it comes to trying a new foundation, Ma recommends choosing several different shades. "Test it around the jawline and neckline," Ma says, rather than the typical "back of the hand" test you usually rely on. "Look at it in sunlight, indoor lighting, and different lighting settings to see how your foundation shade works with your skin," says Ma, to rule out any surprises. Your makeup may look great in the bathroom, but you don't want to peek at yourself outside and be surprised at how contrast your skin tone can be in the sunlight. "Different foundation varies on skin, not to mention use with face powder," says Ma. Bottom line? "Test it a few times before committing to the foundation."

We've rounded up the best foundations for the deepest skin tone of all skin types, to take the guesswork out of perfecting your makeup. Read on to find your perfect match.

M A C Studio Fix Powder Foundation

This leading beauty brand was one of the first to offer universal shades for all skin tones, and its professional-grade formula doesn't disappoint, especially if you're looking for a buildable powder foundation that won't crack or slip all day. The beauty of using a powder foundation is that it allows you to customize the amount of coverage you need, thanks to the pigments in the formula. Simply apply with a damp beauty sponge for full coverage or choose a fluffy foundation brush for a lighter finish. You can also focus on one area if you want to use it to contour or as a bronzer. "Great finish and lasts forever," says one reviewer. “Went flawlessly. Another says, "Full coverage looked so natural."

HONEY JARRET Clean Cover Cushion Foundation

If you're looking for a compact that's convenient to slip into your gym bag or beach bag, look no further than this cushiony foundation that's easy to use on the go. The buildable formula also serves up anti-aging and anti-bacterial properties, making it safe for all skin types (including sensitive and acne-prone skin). "I really like the way it taps on, feels like, and how smooth it looks," says one reviewer. "Love this pillow foundation! Coverage is buildable which is always a plus. Glides on smooth and looks natural. I wore it in downtown Disney in 90-degree weather and it stayed put!" says another.

Illamasqua to the base of the skin

This cult-favorite foundation provides flawless coverage that glides on to conceal redness, cracking, and hyperpigmentation, giving you an even, smooth, and smooth complexion. Darker skin tones with neutral to warm undertones should reach 15 for a perfect match. Ipsters love the upscale feel, the way you "covered every imperfection," and the option to customize your application to offer medium or full coverage, depending on the next day. “This foundation is great for problem skin! It does a great job with coverage, tone, and smooth look,” says one reviewer. Another says, "Great coverage on areas of red skin."