Finding foundation that matches your skin perfectly can be seriously tricky. And that’s certainly the case if you have a darker skin tone. The good news is, we have a foundation that is available in a range of shades (45, to be exact) to suit every skin tone and undertone. Before we get to that, though, it’s time for a crash course in foundation for darker skin tones. We’re covering everything you need to know to find makeup for darker skin tones, from how to choose your foundation shade to what other makeup to use (like concealer and face powder) to how to apply your products—and it’s all below.
How to Find a Foundation for Darker Skin Tones
Before checking out our product picks for darker skin tones, here are a few helpful hints for finding the foundation that best matches your skin.
1. Factor in your undertone
It should be obvious whether or not you have a deep, dark skin tone, but that isn’t all you need to know. When it comes to choosing a foundation match, your undertone also matters—a lot. People with similarly dark skin tones can need completely different foundation shades, all because of different undertones.
A quick breakdown in case you aren’t aware: Your skin tone refers to your complexion and the shade of your skin, whereas undertones are the colors that come through your skin and affect the overall hue. Undertones can be cool, warm, or neutral, and while it may not be overwhelmingly obvious which you have, there are a multitude of ways to find out.
Our tried and true method is looking at the inside of your arm. It’s seriously so simple. If the veins on your wrist appear blue or purple, you’re cool-toned, and if they look green, it’s an indication of warm-toned skin. Not so sure which color they are? Then chances are you’re neutral.
2. Test multiple shades on your skin
Eyeing foundations in their packaging may help you make your selection, yet this isn’t the best way to find the right shade. Instead, swatch a few shades that look similar in the packaging. You never know how something will look when it’s actually on your skin.
3. Match to your body, not your face
It may seem like a no-brainer to choose foundation that’s the exact color of your face—after all, that’s where you’ll be applying it. However, in actuality, your goal should be to find a foundation that allows you to match your face to your body. When swatching, apply foundation on your neck and chest to get a better idea of which shade will help you achieve a seamless effect.
Our Best Foundation for Darker Skin Tones
OK, you’re thoroughly prepped. That means it’s time to find your foundation match! The L’Oréal Paris True Match™ Super Blendable Makeup comes in 45 shades for every skin tone and undertone. Precisely matching skin tones and texture, there’s something for everyone.
How to Apply Foundation to Dark Skin
It’s never a bad time to make sure you’re applying foundation the right way—especially if you haven’t been factoring in your skin tone! Don’t worry, it’s still as easy as 1, 2, 3…4.
1. Use a makeup blender
If you’re still applying foundation with your fingers, it’s time to make a change. Using a makeup blender can be more hygienic, and it can also help you achieve a more flawless application. So, apply your foundation directly to the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Blend Artist Foundation Blender, picking up less than you think you’ll need. (You can always add more later!)
2. Apply foundation to your face and neck
Using the makeup blender, bounce and buff your foundation onto your skin. Matching doesn’t count if it’s only in certain spots, so, don’t forget to bring the product down to your neck and up to your hairline for a uniform look.
3. Cover imperfections with concealer
Darker skin tones can often deal with discolorations, making concealer a must. Try the L’Oréal Paris True Match™ Super-Blendable Multi-Use Concealer. Using a shade slightly lighter than your foundation, cover up any unsightly spots.
4. Set with a translucent powder
Put a stop to shine while helping to make your look last with a final dusting of a translucent face powder, like the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Sweep & Lock Loose Setting Face Powder.
For more foundation tips and tricks, check out our article, How to Apply Liquid Foundation.