The most common skin issue for women of colour is pigmentation – and this isn’t a presumption, it’s a fact. I know this from experience as I have two slightly visible dark patches on the sides of my face that refuse to disappear. And yes, sunscreen use and vitamin C treatments have helped diminish them slightly, but they’re still there. Which is why I’ve become a little more dependent on face makeup to help even out my complexion.
Cream vs. Liquid Foundations
In instances where dark spots and patches need to be concealed, cream foundations are definitely the better option. These are much thicker in texture and generally contain heavily saturated pigments that provide the most incredible coverage. Honestly, some of these cream foundations are so strong, they conceal hyper-pigmentation, stretchmarks and even tattoos.
1 BOBBI BROWN Skin Foundation Stick (R515 at Edgars)
This silky cream foundation covers imperfections without looking too heavy on skin. This is a must-buy for anyone with dry skin as the formula contains olive extract and shea butter, helping to create a dewy finish that other foundations struggle to provide.
2 ELIZABETH ARDEN Flawless Finish Sponge-On Cream Foundation (R450 at Edgars)
It’s a great foundation for those who enjoy full coverage. A quick tip: apply it over your face with a foundation brush, then dab more over problem areas with your fingertips for concentrated coverage.
3 BLACK OPAL Total Coverage Concealing Foundation (R230 at Edgars)
Available in a variety of shades for dark girls, Black Opal’s foundation is specifically made to cover up flaws such as scars, acne marks and uneven tone. Expect the coverage to be a little more dense than Elizabeth Arden’s cream foundation. Also, this one sets to a matte finish, which means its coverage is sustained for much longer.
4 KRYOLAN Concealer Circle (R250 at Kohl Makeup, or find your nearest distributor HERE).
I actually use this as a foundation and it works incredibly well. You’d expect the finish to be quite oily as most cream concealers tend to be, but Kryolan’s actually isn’t, which is why it can easily double up as a foundation. This is best applied with a concealer brush and blended with a beauty sponge. Once done, seal the coverage with a face powder of your choice, then mist mattifying finishing spray for a melt-proof finish.