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The Best Foundations for Dark Skin

By Finlay Ferdinand and Carly Cochrane -
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It can be hard looking for a new foundation, but even more so if you’re brown or darker skinned. Having to search the 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 taken it upon ourselves to devise a list of the best foundations for dark skin. With many of these brands focusing on both shade range and skin undertones, you can finally discover a foundation that will fit your complexion to a T.

Keep scrolling to discover the best foundations for dark skin.

Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay In Place Foundation Makeup SPF 10 - 8C1 Rich Java

Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay In Place Foundation Makeup SPF 10

This cult-favorite foundation from Estée Lauder is renowned as one of the best foundations for dark skin as it offers up to 50 shades. Better still, the formulas boast undertones 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.

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Too Faced Born This Way Foundation - Sable

Too Faced Born This Way Foundation

Bringing the 'I woke up like this' mantra to life is the Too Faced Born This Way Foundation. This formula has been expertly designed to enhance your natural complexion. It packs all the benefits of a normal foundation (blurs imperfections, color corrects and evens skin tone) but it also goes the extra mile by restoring moisture, brightening the skin and prolonging youthfulness.

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Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Stick

Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Stick

Bobbi Brown has been a leader in the game for a 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.

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Huda Beauty #FauxFilter Luminous Matte Liquid Foundation - Chocolate Mousse 450G

Huda Beauty #FauxFilter Luminous Matte Liquid Foundation

Huda's number-one-selling foundation has had a revamp. Back and better than ever before, it's designed to leave your skin both matte and radiant. Most-loved for its epic full-coverage, true filter-like effect and 24 hour wear, this foundation is ideal if you're wanting full glam makeup that lasts from A.M to P.M (or vice versa).

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Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra 24h Foundation - 14 Brownie

Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra 24h Foundation

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.

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Armani Luminous Silk Foundation - 11.5

Armani Luminous Silk Foundation

Giorgio Armani is another favorite 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!

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black Up Full Coverage Cream Foundation - HC08-Pecan

black Up Full Coverage Cream Foundation

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, 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!

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Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Foundation - 16-Cool

Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Foundation

If there's anyone you can trust to perfect your complexion, it's Charlotte Tilbury. The Airbrush Flawless Foundation allows you to wave bye-bye to Facetune and filters as it blurs imperfections and leaves skin photo-ready. The natural matte finish feels weightless and wears comfortably all day long, so you can successfully take your looks from the office to the dance floor.

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Maybelline Fit Me! Matte & Poreless Foundation - 355 Pecan

Maybelline Fit Me! Matte & Poreless Foundation

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.

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

Fenty Beauty Pro Filt'r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation

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.

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Dose of Colors Meet Your Hue Foundation - 135 Dark

Dose of Colors Meet Your Hue Foundation

Dose of Colors has taken into account all skin types and skin tones in order to serve up an impressive collection of foundation. With over 42 shades up for grabs, your true match is ready and waiting. We particularly love this formula as it's super lightweight but provides a natural matte finish that covers all imperfections.

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Sleek MakeUP Lifeproof Foundation - LP22

Sleek MakeUP Lifeproof Foundation

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.

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Beauty Bakerie InstaBake Aqua Glass Foundation - 301 N

Beauty Bakerie InstaBake Aqua Glass Foundation

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.

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Urban Decay Stay Naked Weightless Liquid Foundation - 90CB

Urban Decay Stay Naked Weightless Liquid Foundation

Urban Decay give you total control over how much skin you want to show with the Stay Naked Foundation. Offering customizable coverage and a real-skin matte finish, this formula can be used for both 'no makeup' makeup days and full glam looks.

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Uoma Beauty Say What?! Foundation - Brown Sugar T1C

Uoma Beauty Say What?! Foundation

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!

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Bobbi Brown Skin Long Wear Weightless Foundation SPF 15 - Cool Espresso

Bobbi Brown Skin Long Wear Weightless Foundation SPF 15

Bobbi Brown's shade range is that good, we had to include it twice. This time we're bringing you the Long Wear Weightless Foundation - a best-selling liquid matte formula that's infused with true-to-skin pigments. Once applied, it reflects light to enhance the skin's natural contours and dimension, creating a youthful and radiant visage.

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Anastasia Beverly Hills Luminous Foundation - 590C

Anastasia Beverly Hills Luminous Foundation

With a lineup of 50 shades on offer, Anastasia Beverly Hills makes it all the easier to find your true match. The foundation provides a matte but luminous medium coverage, meaning even the most tired complexions can be brightened and perfected. Not to mention, the water-proof, sweat-proof and flashback-fee formula ensures that you're always photo-ready.

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Pat McGrath Labs Skin Fetish Sublime Perfection Foundation - Medium / Deep - 28

Pat McGrath Labs Skin Fetish Sublime Perfection Foundation

The Pat McGrath Skin Fetish Sublime Perfection Foundation ticks all the boxes. It delivers a medium coverage that can be customized and built to suit any mood, style or occasion. It hides blemishes, blurs pores and boosts your natural radiance, all whilst lacing skin with a real-life Instagram filter. Plus, it's packed with skin-perfecting ingredients and innovative technology that improve your skin on both the inside and out.

Arriving in over 36 universal shades, it's nothing but a makeup lovers dream!

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NYX Professional Makeup Can't Stop Won't Stop 24 Hour Foundation - Chestnut

NYX Professional Makeup Can't Stop Won't Stop 24 Hour Foundation

If you're looking for a full-coverage formula that'll keep an oily complexion in check, allow us to introduce you to the Can't Stop Won't Stop 24 Hour Foundation from NYX.

This ultra-matte foundation provides an all-day finish that actually lasts. You'll never have to worry about the midday slick again as the waterproof, transfer-proof and sweat-proof formula keeps your skin looking flawless from sunrise to sunset.

Added bonus: the foundation is non-comedogenic so it won't clog pores or cause breakouts!

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IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better Foundation + Skin Care - Deep Cool 59

IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better Foundation + Skin Care

Staying true to its name, this foundation from IT Cosmetics gives you your skin, but better. Indulge in a lightweight, medium coverage that blurs imperfections, minimizes the appearance of pores and boosts your natural glow, whilst good-for-you ingredients get to work on the long-term effects by smoothing, hydrating and refining skin texture with every application.

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And that's a wrap: Cosmetify's pick of the best foundations for dark skin so you'll never have to scour the shelves again! Still not found what you're looking for? Maybe our roundup of the best foundation for Asian skin can help.

Carly Cochrane

Written by Carly Cochrane

Carly is a beauty editor at Cosmetify and has been a part of our family for three years. She has over five years of experience in health, beauty and wellness writing.