Drugstore Beauty: 8 Foundations for Darker Skin Tones

When it comes to creating a blessedly flawless complexion, there’s no easier way to fake it than by using foundation. Foundation can help mask blemishes and smooth out an uneven skin tone. That’s why choosing the correct shade is crucial, especially if you’re a woman of color. In the past, many cosmetics companies didn’t offer darker shades for broader multicultural patrons. And if they did, the range was limited with shades too light or with a pigment quality so poor that darker-complexioned clients were often left with an ashy cast. Thankfully, more cosmetics companies have expanded their lines to incorporate a multitude of truer, deeper shades for a more diverse clientele. But now with more shades offered, foundation selection can be perplexing. Here are a few tips to help you find the right shade for your hue.

First, determine your correct undertone. Check the underside of your wrists to see if you have blue or green veins. Green indicates warm undertones, while blue indicates cool. If you have a warm undertone, select a foundation with a golden or orange base, depending on your hue. If you’re more on the yellow side, look for a shade with a golden base. If you lean more on the warm, red side, look for one with an orange base. And if you are a cool undertone, look for one with a neutral base. But the easiest and most accurate way to determine the best shade that is right for you is by simply testing the color out on your jawline in natural daylight. The shade that blends in the best is the color most suited for your complexion.

Now that we’ve helped you figure out your shade, here are the best foundations for dark skin — all conveniently found at your local drugstore.

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