Finding a good foundation that covers all bases is like finding a unicorn – a single product that gives you coverage, colour-corrects and conceals pigmentation, and provides some type of all-day moisture. Truth is, a foundation that achieves this much doesn’t exist. And if you have a darker complexion and suffer from issues such as uneven tone or a rough skin texture, using just one foundation to diminish all of these issues won’t work.
We break down a few foundation buys that are perfect for dark skin types. Use them alone or combine for best results.
Use: Tinted moisturiser or liquid foundation
If you’re super-human and have perfect skin (no blemishes, pigmentation, undereye circles) but dryness is an issue, buy tinted moisturisers or BB/CC creams.
- They provide light but noticeable coverage. For someone with flawless skin, thick layers of foundation are unnecessary. A CC cream, which has a more sheer texture, will conceal minor discolouration while allowing your beautiful skin to come through.
- A lot of beauty balms contain hyaluronic acid. This will give your skin some much-needed hydration.
- Vitamin C is also a common ingredient in BB creams. It’s responsible for the gorgeous, natural-looking shine.
Try: Black Up Multi-Action CC-Cream; Clarins BB Skin Perfecting Cream; Garnier BB Cream.
Rough and/or acne skin
Use: Cream foundation
Rough skin often comes with pigmentation, so liquid foundations and BB creams are not an option – their light/sheer texture won’t fully conceal pigmentation spots or skin’s bumpy texture. If you fall under this skin type, cream foundations are your go-to.
- Their thickness will give you full coverage that’ll cover obvious flaws, evening out textural differences around the face.
- It also means longer-lasting coverage, so immediately after application, spritz your face with finishing spray so the foundation won’t melt off during the day.
- Some cream foundations are so thick you don’t even have to colour-correct before applying them – a great hack for lazy girls.
Try: AMC Cream Foundation; Elizabeth Arden’s Ultra Lift and Firming Makeup; Mehron’s Celebré Pro-HD foundation
Use: Cream or stick foundation
It depends on how pigmented skin is. If you have very harsh pigmentation that affects the skin texturally, go for creams; light pigmentation does well with blendable stick foundations.
- They are multi-purpose, providing coverage while concealing.
- You literally swipe and blend, doubling the layer of foundation over areas of pigmentation.
- As Paula’s Choice highlights, most stick foundations will provide lightweight coverage, leaving skin with a lovely matte texture and making it look more ‘refined‘.
Try: Bobbi Brown Stick Foundation; Black Opal True Colour Stick Foundation
Use: oil-free, matte liquid foundation (Paulaschoice.com)
- They help reduce oil on the skin, giving you a smoother surface with very little shine.
- They require layering to build up coverage, which means coverage can be altered according to skin oiliness.
- Their matte texture makes added blush, highlighters and bronzers easier to blend into skin.
Try: MAC Studio Fix Fluid SPF15; Clinique Stay-Matte Oil-Free Makeup; Clarins Extra Matte Foundation SPF 15 Oil Free