8 Foundations for Dark Skin

The right foundation is like a bit of magic.  Just a little can give you a fresh face glow and a couple of more layers can give you the base for the most glamourous look.  While I no longer have an issue finding my foundation shade, I realized that other woman with dark skin are still searching to find their correct, shade, formula and finish.  In this post I will highlight my favorite  foundations (those I currently use) in the shades I use in hopes that it will help you to find something that works for your beautiful brown skin.  

Cover FX Cream Foundation

Wearing Cover FX Cream Foundation in N100 (This picture is from 2012 -- my skin was !!!!)

Wearing Cover FX Cream Foundation in N100 (This picture is from 2012 -- my skin was !!!!)

Any foundation conversation I have, starts with Cover FX. I first met the brand at The Make Up Show New York where I bought my first cream foundation kit -- it was love at first swatch.  I Love the cream foundation because I can sheer it out and set it with their translucent powder for  light finish or build it up for more complete coverage.   Cover FX products are formulated based on undertones -- Pink (P), Neutral (N),  and Golden (G). I wear N100 in the cream foundation. $42

Bobbi Brown Foundation Stick


Nothing beats a foundation stick.  I can literally draw four stripes (across my forehead, cheeks and chin) and use my flat top Kabuki brush to blend it in and have my base done in under a minute! Throw on a dab of concealer, a little blush and some mascara, quickly fill in my brows and my face is done in five-seven minutes. I wear shade 6.75 Almond and there are four other darker shades. I'm impressed.  Are you impressed?  You should be. This formula uses a transparent base and skin tone correcting pigments.  It is so smooth and light weight that you can hardly tell there is makeup on your face. $44

Black Up Cosmetics Full Coverage Cream Foundation

Wearing Black Up Full Coverage Cream Foundation in HC 08 and HC 09

Wearing Black Up Full Coverage Cream Foundation in HC 08 and HC 09

This is another brand I discovered at the Makeup Show New York.  As you might have guessed by now, I'm a cream or liquid foundation kind of gal. While I do occasional use powder, creams and liquids are it for me.  The Black Up  Full Coverage Liquid Foundation has kind of a neutralizing effect on my skin...out of the tube it looks like it will be kind of orange but once I blend it in, it's perfection.  It is light weight and wears beautifully.  It is formulated without oils and fragrance. I'm shade HC 08 and HC 09. The range goes up to  HC 15.  $42

ELF Cosmetics Moisturizing Foundation Stick

I love a good bargain and nothing beats being able to get your face beat on for pennies on the dollar.  This ELF foundation cost $6 but It is only available in 8 shades, i wear Coffee, the 7th darkest shade.  This foundation is "enriched with antioxidants and anti-aging ingredients Shea, Vitamin E, Cocoa, Grape, Avocado, Macadamia, and Aloe to nourish and hydrate the skin." $6

Lancome Teint Idole Ultra 24H

Wearing Lancome Teint Idol 24 hr in Suede 520 W

Wearing Lancome Teint Idol 24 hr in Suede 520 W

This  is a long time favorite that i haven't used in a while (the life of a blogger.)  The Lancome Teint Idole Ultra 24H foundation is said to provide 24 hours of wear (I have never worn it that long.) While I haven't put it to the true test, it wears beautifully whenever I wear it and when worn with a primer, it stays somewhat matte on my oily skin for about 4 hours. The formula is lightweight and coverage can be sheer to full, depending on application. It is available in 28 shades.  I wear shade Suede 520 W. $45.50

Diorskin Star Teint Studio

This is a new acquisition. The foundation is said to be "inspired by the professional illuminating techniques and expertise of Dior makeup artists." It is a super lightweight brightening foundation the cover beautifully and wears well. The Diorskin Star Teint Studio is available in 14 shades. I'm shade 070 - Dark Brown; there is one shade darker. $50

Becca Ultimate Coverage Complexion Creme

Wearing Becca Ultimate Complexion Cream in Sienna and Tobacco.

Wearing Becca Ultimate Complexion Cream in Sienna and Tobacco.

The  Becca Ultimate Coverage complexion Creme is one of the most pigmented foundations I have ever used. If my face is clear (i.e. pimple free,) a pea size amount or smaller can get me full coverage...it's actually a little insane how well it covers. Acoording to Becca, the foundation is clinically proven to provide 24 hours of wear, but like the Lancome foundation with similar claims, I have never worn it for 24 hours.  Becca Complexion Cream  is available in 20 shades.  I wear shades Tobacco and Sienna.  $44 [You may see my full review here.]

Ruby Kisses 3D Face Creator

This foundation is seriously underrated.  The shade range is extensive and the coverage, wear and finish are exceptional.  This is the kind of product I would drop serious coins on but it retails for a mere $6.99. This was one of the first split pan foundations I used and it's still a favorite.  It was out long before the highlight and contouring game went mainstream. Ruby Kisses 3D Face Creator is available in 16 split pan combinations for a total of 32 shades. My exact match is level 15 but I also have levels 14 and 16 that I use to highlight and contour. $6.99

What's Your Favorite Foundation?



Posted on June 22, 2015 and filed under Product Review, How-to.