When I first started wearing makeup, finding a foundation that would best match my complexion was always a mission. Makeup brands were creating foundation shades for certain black women and neglecting dark-complexion women like myself.
Thankfully, brands have slowly begun to hear the woes of WOC, expanding their colour ranges. But before you go on a foundation haul, here are some important tips you should consider to help you find the perfect foundation match.
Understand your undertone
First and foremost, my COSMO ladies, before you start wearing foundation it’s important to understand and know your undertone shade. As a WOC, you’re more likely to be considered as having a warm undertone. You’ll likely find that you have a golden or red underline pigment, meaning that when you look at your veins, they may appear green-ish at first glance. So basically, your foundation should have that yellow or golden tone glow to it.
Choose two to three foundation shades
Always try to test three foundation colours on your skin, along your jawline, to find the perfect match. The colours should be within your skin-tone range, so choose a light, dark and medium shade. Leave the shades on your skin for few minutes and the one that disappears will be the one most suitable for your skin. If you can, avoid testing shades under harsh shop lights that can distort colours. Try to pop out into natural light and check how the shades look there before deciding on your purchase.
Mix and match colours
If you’re still struggling to find a shade that best complements your whole face, it’s maybe because some elements of your face are lighter than others. Try using two shades on your face: preferably concealer that’s one shade lighter than your foundation. Apply it your on T-zone areas, as well as under the eyes while using the darker colour on the outer areas of your face: cheeks and forehead.
Choose semi-matte foundations
With all that melanin that we have, our skin naturally glows and reflects in the light. This is why foundations that are super-moisturising and rich can end up being too oily on the skin. If you’re someone with oily or combination skin, opt for foundations that provide a semi-matte finish – it will balance out the natural glow.
Foundations to try:
If you have dry skin, this foundation is great for giving you that luminous effect with medium coverage. It comes in a wide range of shades and the packaging is perfect for those touch-up moments.
The texture of this foundation is creamy and perfectly hide scars and blemishes, leaving you with a smooth, radiant and flawless complexion.
Iman Luxury Radiance Liquid Makeup (R449)
Supermodel Iman launched her own makeup range when she realised the lack of knowledge there was about dark skin tones. The foundations come in a great range of colours and don’t feel heavy on the skin, allowing you to build up the coverage to best suit you.
Products from Black Opal don’t only come in a range of shades for black women, they also come at affordable prices. It will cancel out any blemishes and hyper-pigmentation instantly.
Using these professional tips can definitely make a difference!