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Finding foundation that matches your skin perfectly can be seriously tricky. And that’s especially the case if you have a darker skin tone. The good news is, we’ve got some options for you, with foundations that have a range of shades to suit every skin tone. 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 dark skin, from how to choose your foundation color, to what other makeup to use, to the right way to apply your products—and it’s all below.
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. If you’re still in need of more undertone-determining tips and tricks, check out our article, How to Determine Your Undertones.
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.
OK, you’re thoroughly prepped. That means it’s time to start selecting from our foundations that work well for darker skin.
L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation: Tired of looking like an oil-slick? Here’s your answer. This long-lasting, oil-free foundation formula, available in 12 shades, has an air-light texture, medium coverage, and offers a demi-matte finish that’s never dull or flat.
L’Oréal Paris Infallible Total Cover Foundation: No matter what you’re trying to hide, there’s no need to layer on heavy foundation. It’s all about getting a weightless feel with heavy duty coverage. This long-lasting foundation formula, available in 12 shades, can be used to cover everything from breakouts to tattoos. Talk about a multi-tasker!
L’Oréal Paris True Match™ Super Blendable Makeup: When it comes to choosing a foundation shade, it doesn’t get much easier than this. Determine your skin tone and undertone, then review the 33 shades in the line. Precisely matching skin tones and texture, there’s something for everyone.
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 blending sponge 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 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. Rather than struggling to find the perfect color, reach for a concealer palette with multiple colors, like the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Total Cover Concealing & Contour Kit. That way, you can mix any hue you need. Using a shade slightly lighter than your foundation, cover up any unsightly spots.
4. Set with a mattifying powder. Put a stop to shine while helping to make your look last with a final dusting of a matte face powder, like the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Matte Powder, available in eight shades.
For more foundation tips and tricks, check out our article, How to Apply Liquid Foundation.