BY RAHAEL MATHEW
Learn How To Match Your Foundation For Natural Looks
Finding the flawless natural looking foundation has always been a dilemma for us brown skin girls. With a new foundation out every other month, it is hard and expensive to keep up with the new brands and shades. Often times we find ourselves, staring at the shelves in a drugstore or biting our nails away at sephora with no luck. The sad part is that international brands at times fail at catering to our skin tones, leaving us with only a shade or two to make the most out of.
But fear not my loves, I have curated for you my top favorite brown girl foundations. Keeping in mind, our combination skin, oily T zones and our skin undertones. It is now time to say cheerio to chalky, cakey and dull looking skin and hello to a gorgeous glow !
Here are the top 5 holy grail foundations in no particular order :
Maybelline FitME Matte + Poreless Foundation
This foundation has 18 different shades most of which are made for warmer undertones just right for most of us. The foundation is easy to use, blends like a dream and is quite buildable. If your skin is dry, there is the option of hydrating foundation as well. What I love most about this foundation is its ability to minimize the look of pores and leaves the skin looking natural yet blemish free. If you are in the market for a foundation that is budget friendly yet does its job – this is it girls !
Must try shades : 128 and 228
Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation
Breathable, water-proof and humidity resistant this bad boy was made for our busy desi lives. The foundation is not harsh on the skin and guess what it does not settle into fine lines or pores. If none of this appeals to you still, here’s another reason why this foundation was made keeping in mind us brown girls : The shade options. Estee Lauder’s website has a whole section on different skin undertones and what foundations work best in your tone, so you can hardly go wrong here.
I recommend this for oily skin gals who love that matte finish.
Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Hydrating Longwear Foundation
An amazing 50 shades to choose from, the Fenty foundation is made for your dry skin to soak up. This foundation is easy on the skin and is also humidity and sweat proof so you look like yourself for longer. What I like most is that a little goes a long way. I completely agree with the brand when they say 1- pump is all you need . If you are worried about getting the right shade, fret not as Fenty Beauty professionals are just a click away and they would love to set up a shade matching consultation for you.
Recommended for dry skin.
KVD Beauty’s Good Apple Foundation
Perfect for attacking any large pores and yet far from cakey. This foundation is the master of hiding pigmentation and even dark circles. This is possibly the only foundation that threatens the idea of our go to concealers. All day fresh looking skin just makes this foundation a win-win for me. The best part is that the foundation packaging is recyclable so you get to give back a little to our environment as well.
The only minus point is the shade range, its hard to get the right yellowish hue for our skin tones. However, you can always use KVD’s shade matcher for assistance.
Lancome Teint Idole Ultra 24 hour
Much like the Fenty beauty this foundation has nearly 50 shades. Flawless, matte and full coverage is what makes this foundation the best for an everyday look. What makes this a winner for me is its non oxidizing properties. For nearly 90 percent of us, makeup oxidization is the biggest enemy. I have personally tested this foundation and marked it amongst my go to especially for its filter free final look.
So my brown peeps here is your perfect guide to some of the top foundations this year. I have tried to include both budget friendly and high range foundations so no matter what you are looking for, this small list is all you need. Mind you , there are other foundations you can always choose from, but based on our brown skin tones these are the best in the market.