Left: STELLA MCCARTNEY SS 16. Right: 3.1 PHILLIP LIM SS 16.
Clockwise from top left: BLACK OPAL True Colour Stick foundation SPF 15; MAKE UP FOR EVER Ultra HD Invisible Cover foundation from Sephora; SMASHBOX Studio Skin 15 Hour Wear foundation; BECCA Ever-Matte Shine Proof foundation from Sephora; URBAN DECAYNaked Skin Ultra Definition Powder foundation; DERMABLEND Cover Creme Broad Spectrum SPF 30.Shop
Finding the perfect foundation is like finding the perfect denim, it’s about trial, error and a lot of patience. Unfortunately, one shade definitely does not fit all and for those of us with darker skin tones, the problem is often compounded. Formulas that grouped the right hand of the colour spectrum into only a few shades were once the only option. Fortunately, companies have begun to expand their colour ranges to cater to a variety of shades and undertones. We’ve rounded up some of the best foundations for dark skin to help you find your perfect match.
Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Invisible Cover foundation
With 40 shades in their colour range, Make Up For Ever is making it easy for women of colour to find their perfect shade. The foundation is targeted towards all skin types, has buildable coverage and a leaves you with a flawless complexion.
Smashbox Studio Skin 15 Hour Wear foundation
Create the perfect canvas with Smashbox Studio Skin 15 Hour Wear full coverage foundation. The colour range is ideal for darker skin as each shade compliments a different undertone. From tan medium beige to deep brown, your match is waiting. The oil-free moisturising formula keeps your skin hydrated throughout the day.
Becca Ever-Matte Shine Proof foundation
Let your skin breathe and stay shine free throughout the day with Becca Ever-Matte Shine Proof foundation. The dermatologist-tested formula is oil, fragrance and alcohol free. Ten shades for lighter skin and 10 shades for darker complexions.
Black Opal True Colour Stick foundation SPF 15
Black Opal is a beauty brand which targets issues specific to skin of colour. The makeup line’s beauty staple is the True Colour Stick, which is perfect for on-the-go touch ups. The hypoallergenic formula also has SPF. Added bonus: you can get the flawless face you’ve been looking for, for under $10.
Dermablend Cover Creme Broad Spectrum SPF 30
No more hyperpigmentation with Dermablend’s ultimate full-cover foundation. Transfer-resistant, all-day hydration and SPF 30 for the cherry on top. The foundation is available in a wide variety of shades for all ethnicities and skin tones.
Urban Decay Naked Skin Ultra Definition Powder foundation
Looking for a powder rather than a liquid or cream? Urban Decay has you covered with their powder foundation. It provides full coverage and can be applied wet or dry. No parabens, only the perfect balance for evening out your skin tone. The powder comes in a wide range of shades for darker skin, promising to satisfy your colour needs.
WORDS Sabrina Santiago