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The Best Foundations for Dark Skin Tones

By Finlay Ferdinand -
best foundation for dark skin

It can be hard looking for a new foundation, but even more so if you’re brown or darker skinned. Having to search cosmetic shelves high and low can be futile and tiring, because despite there being many foundations on display, the shades probably won't stretch past a medium tone. Sigh.

That's why we've devised a list of some of the best foundations for dark skin for all the beautiful black girls out there. Many of these brands not only focus on their shade range but on the skin's undertones too, so you finally discover a foundation that will fit your complexion to a T.

Keep scrolling for some of the best foundations for dark skin.

Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay In Place Foundation Makeup SPF10 - 8C1 Rich Java

This cult-favourite foundation from Estée Lauder is renowned as one of the best foundations for dark skin as it offers up to 50 shades . Bett still, the formulas boast ndertones that vary from neutral to cool and warm undertones, so you can match your complexion properly.

The Double Wear foundation itself is long-wearing, transfer-proof and will look stunning on any dressing table, making it worth every penny.

Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Stick

Bobbi Brown has been a leader in the game for while now, especially when it comes to a diverse range of makeup shades. So much so, that their stick foundation is still up there with the best.

It boasts a super blendable, matte-like formula, meaning it's great for those with oily or combination skin. Plus, the quality of this foundation is undisputed as it's both long-lasting and offers buildable coverage.

Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra 24h Foundation - 16 Cafe

This liquid foundation is an award-winner and bestseller for Lancôme, and for good reason too: it comes in 40 shades that will fit all complexions, all whilst providing 24-hour wear.

It’s non-caking, buildable formula doesn't transfer, so you can live your best life without worrying about your makeup fading or melting throughout the day. This foundation is a must-have that many beauty YouTubers adore, so we know you'll love it too.

Armani Luminous Silk Foundation - 11.5

Giorgio Armani is another favourite and has a range of shades to choose from – 24, to be exact. This radiant foundation is perfect for giving you that lit-from-within look.

If you want buildable, medium-full coverage that feels light, this foundation is for you. Looking picture-perfect has never been so easy. Don’t believe us? Just look at the reviews!

black Up Full Coverage Cream Foundation - HC08-Pecan

For all the brown and darker-skinned girls out there, black|Up is a low-key brand that creates makeup specially designed just for you. Their products cater specifically to dark skin and have been praised by consumers and famous beauty vloggers alike, such as Jackie Aina.

This fluid foundation offers a matte effect, stretch, medium coverage and has incredible longevity. Additionally, if you have oily or combination skin, this treasure contains active sebum-regulating ingredients to balance your skin and keep the oil at bay!

Maybelline Fit Me! Matte & Poreless Foundation - 355 Pecan

If you're deep into your post-holiday or post-shopping spree bank balance, then you're going to want to grab this budget-friendly formula.

It’s not often that we can find a wide range of shades by high-street brands, but Maybelline has come through. Great value for money, the Fit Me Matte and Poreless offers medium to full coverage, is mattifying (duh) and blurs skin to perfection.

Fenty Beauty Pro Filt'r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation - 498

If we're keeping it real, Rihanna completely turned the beauty world upside down when she launched an inclusive foundation line consisting of 50 shades. She set the bar and ever since, beauty brands have stepped up. How about a round of applause?

Seriously though, we adore the Fenty Beauty foundation. It's everything you need and more; long-wearing, long-lasting, shine-free, buildable and the list goes on. Plus, it's super easy to find your true shade, including undertones.

Sleek MakeUP Lifeproof Foundation - LP22

Sleek ensure that you can flaunt your most flawless face yet with this foundation lineup. Offering a velvet-like finish, medium to full coverage and diverse shade range - all at a pocket-friendly price - it's a must-have for your collection. A perfect choice for everyday wear, may we add.

Beauty Bakerie InstaBake Aqua Glass Foundation - 301 N

We are obsessed with the whole concept behind Beauty Bakerie. Their products are cool, fun, quirky and cater to all. Working to camouflage blemishes, scars, pigmentation and everything in between, this lightweight foundation is your fast track to a glass-like complexion.

Uoma Beauty Say What?! Foundation - Brown Sugar T1C

Say what?! A foundation range with over 50 shades, catering to all skin tones and undertones. Incredible.

Taking your makeup looks from day to night is easy with this formula as it offers six custom formulas that adapt to your individual skin concerns. Indulge in the soft matte finish, buildable coverage and skin-enhancing benefits and get ready to put your best face forward.

Oh, UOMA Beauty is a Black-owned brand too, making it all the better!


And that's it: Cosmetify's pick of the best foundation for dark skin. Still not what you're looking for? Check out our blog on the best foundation for Asian skin.