How To Choose The Perfect Foundation

How To Choose The Perfect Foundation

With fewer shades available for darker skin tones, choosing the right foundation can be tricky for women of color. On top of that, figuring out which formula will give you that dewy glow without producing an oil slick on your face is enough to make you crazy.

But don’t worry. We’re here to help you find the perfect formula in the exact shade that’ll have you looking fierce and flawless!

The Winning Formula

Choosing the right foundation for your skin type is super important for balancing your skin’s texture and creating a seamless look (if you’re unsure of your true skin type, this article will help you figure it out once and for all.)


Oily Skin

If you have oily skin, your best bet is to choose an oil-free foundation with a matte finish that will help absorb some of the excess oil. Using a brush to apply your foundation will give you great coverage and help you avoid breakouts caused by using your fingers to blend and inadvertently spreading bacteria from your hands to your face.

Dry Skin

With dry skin, you want more of a creamy, hydrating formula in a foundation, but the first step is to prep the skin before applying your makeup. Exfoliating your face to remove any dead skin and following up with moisturizer will provide a smooth surface for your foundation to cling to and prevent it from caking in the places where you might have rough patches.

Combination Skin

You might want to consider using two different formulas if you have combination skin; something creamier for the dry areas and a matte formula where you’re oily. Applying your foundation with a slightly damp makeup sponge provides just the right amount of coverage for a flawless finish.

Finding The Perfect Shade

Choosing the perfect shade of foundation can be tricky for sure. To avoid choosing a shade that makes your skin look washed out or orange, it’s important to your undertones.

You’re likely to have warm undertones if your skin takes on more of a yellow or gold hue. If your skin has hints of blue, pink or red, you have cool undertones. And if your undertones match your overall skin color, you likely have neutral undertones.

Once you’ve determined your skin’s undertones, you’re ready to start experimenting with different shades. For women with darker skin tones, start by applying your foundation around your hairline first. You’ll know you have the right shade when your foundation disappears into your skin instead of looking as though it’s sitting on top of it.

Quick tip: if you can’t find quite the right shade, try mixing a couple of different shades together or layer a darker bronzer to a lighter shade of foundation to create a custom blend.