The Best Foundations for Darker Skin Tones

When it comes to makeup, especially foundation and concealer, finding the right shade and proper blending is KEY to creating a flawless beat. For some, it's as simple as swatching a few samples at your local Ulta or Sephora and selecting the closest match to your skin tone. However, women with medium to dark skin tones find this process to be quite challenging. 

Usually, the issue isn't with the formula or finish, but the undertone of the foundation that causes the shade to be off. For darker skin, the problem is the undertone is too orange or too ashy gray, and that's a major NO.  Since the launch of Fenty Beauty's 40-shade foundation line, beauty brands have been scrambling to catch up and expand their foundation shades. There are still a few brands that have provided shade ranges with the proper undertones (red, yellow/golden, olive, pink/rosy) to compliment darker skin. Check out Fluff's faves below!

Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup

Estēe Lauder’s Double Wear Makeup is a full-coverage, 24-hour foundation that will keep you looking fresh and natural all day regardless of heat, humidity, and physical activity. Its formula is lightweight, oil-free, and buildable. Even better, it won't oxidize or transfer, ensuring that your makeup will remain as fresh and flawless as it was when first applied.

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Bobbi Brown Skin Long-Wear Weightless Foundation

Bobbi Brown's Skin Long-Wear Weightless Foundation is 16-hour wear, buildable medium to full coverage foundation. It blends effortlessly to create a natural, multidimensional matte finish that’s breathable and weightless. Bobbi Brown has produced a wide variety of foundation shades that work for multiple skin tones, including those with  darker hue.

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NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation

With just one drop of NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation, you can achieve full, natural-looking coverage that will last up to 16 hours. The oil-free liquid formula features tone correcting technology that will balance redness, dullness, and discoloration to even out the skin tone. This product has been an industry favorite for years due to its quality and consistency in results.


Fenty Beauty Pro Filt'r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation

Worn by the bad gal Riri herself, Fenty Beauty's Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation is a soft matte, long-wear foundation with buildable, medium-to-full coverage. The massive 40-shade range foundation--from porcelain to deep cocoa--features an oil-free formula that looks like skin. It minimizes pores, smooth fine lines and wrinkles, and provides a shine-free matte finish. On top of that, this foundation doesn't clog your pores and is resistant to sweat and humidity, thanks to climate-adaptive technology. It's magic in a bottle!

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