Foundations for Dark Skin

The right foundation shade will blend seamlessly from jawline to neck.

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Every dark-skinned diva wants to achieve a flawless complexion, but not all foundations are created equal. Dark skin tends to have red undertones, instead of the pink or yellow that fair and medium-skinned women have. Pair dark skin with a yellow-based foundation, and you have a recipe for an ashy complexion. Dark skin also is more susceptible to problems such as hyperpigmentation and uneven skin tone, so a foundation that covers imperfections is an absolute must.

Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation

Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation is a lightweight, oil-free foundation that has buildable coverage, so you can concentrate coverage on areas of discoloration, while leaving the rest of your face with a sheer finish. The extensive shade range is sure to match a variety of skin tones, and "InStyle" magazine even rated shade No. 11 as a Best Shade for Dark Skin because the chocolate hue has ample red tones to counteract a case of ashiness.

Black Opal Foundation Stick

Black Opal is a cosmetics and skin care brand that caters specifically to women of color. The super affordable drugstore line's Foundation Stick was named a Makeup Must-Have by celebrity makeup artist Ashunta Sheriff, who has worked with A-listers such as Mary J. Blige and Alicia Keys. According to Sheriff, Black Opal's Foundation Stick provides a range of coverage, from light to heavy and has a matte finish that lasts all day.

CoverGirl Queen Collection Natural Hue

Remember CoverGirl from when you were a teen? Well the brand revamped its image and partnered with actress and singer Queen Latifah on the Queen Collection, which caters to every shade from light caramel to deep espresso. Makeup artist Sheriff loves the Natural Hue Mineral Powder because it's long-lasting, has shades to match almost any skin tone and controls oily shine better than most of the leading brands.

MAC Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation

"Essence" magazine touts MAC's Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation as a black girl classic because it comes in a ton of different hues for dark skin tones. This lightweight foundation combines the light texture of a powder with the heavy duty coverage of a foundation, so your flaws remain your secret.

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