5 Foundations Dark-Skinned Bloggers Love

It's no secret that it can be difficult to find the right foundation, but it can be even more difficult to find the right foundation when you have a darker tone. Prior to my days as a market editor, I would scan drugstore aisles and department stores searching for a foundation that truly matched my café au lait skin color and didn't make me look like I was wearing a mask. There have been countless times where my face didn't match my neck because I was wearing a foundation color that was way too light for me.

Even now in 2018, many makeup brands still aren't creating shades that cater to everyone. Luckily, there are many mainstream brands that carry shades for the majority of skin tones—and have excellent formulas and color payoff to boot. To help narrow down some of the best inclusive foundations on the market, I got the scoop from a few dark-skinned bloggers who told me their holy grail foundation favorites.

1. Fenty Beauty by Rihanna Pro Filt'r Soft Matte Long-Wear Foundation, $34

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"I love the Fenty Beauty foundation because of its long-lasting, beautiful finish and its ability to sustain that finish throughout the day. It is one of few foundation lines that offer a shade option that matches my skin perfectly, and its expansive shade range with varying undertones makes this line incredibly appealing to women of color. In this photo I am wearing shade 420 which is a near perfect match, but I recently discovered that shade 410 is my absolute perfect match." —Yuki Edogun, @youkeyy_

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"I use Fenty Beauty Pro Filt'r Foundation and love it—it’s literally the best. Fenty's foundation sets on my face so well, and it also gives my skin a natural look because it matches so well." —Armanda Tounghui, @glowprincess

Get it: $34, sephora.com

2. Flesh Firm Flesh Thickstick Foundation, $18

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"My favorite foundation at the moment is Tiramisu from Flesh Beauty. I like this foundation because of its lightweight, medium coverage and natural finish. The foundation also comes in a wide range of shades for darker skin complexions with all undertones. Most foundations for darker skin complexions only include golden or red undertones, but Flesh carries both of those as well as neutral and olive undertones for darker skin complexions, which is amazing!" —Cydnee Black, @cydbee

Get it: $18, ulta.com

3. Born This Way Foundation, $39

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"I literally created a skin graft of my shade in Chai. It's the most perfect match that I have—it's freakin' amazing. It's just a really good, all around, everyday foundation. If I were to wear makeup every day, it would be Born This Way." —Jackie Aina, @jackieaina

Get it: $39, toofaced.com

4. Bobbi Brown Skin Long-Wear Weightless Foundation, $46

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"My favorite foundation of the moment is the Bobbi Brown Skin Long-Wear Weightless Foundation—the shade range is incredible. It keeps me from getting shiny but isn't drying at all (feels like skin) and it’s easy to blend." —Shahd Batal, @shahdbatal

Get it: $46, bobbibrowncosmetics.com

5. Cover FX Power Play Foundation, $44

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"I love it. The formula is amazing for my combo/oily skin type, and Cover FX Power Play Foundation is ideal for women of color. Not only has Cover FX always prioritized making shades for many different skin tones, but they also take into account the importance of undertone, which is often overlooked!" —Shanygne Maurice, @yagirltoomuch

Get it: $44, coverfx.com

 

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