Victory is no longer uncertain when it comes to finding the best foundation shade for dark skin. With a wider range of foundations for women of color that exist today, finding the best one that fits your skin color is easier than ever. The real question here is, how do you know if it is the perfect shade for you? Read on for our tips for choosing the flawless foundation for brown and dark skin.
The very first and important thing you need to do before going to a beauty store and buy a foundation is to determine the undertone of your skin type. If you do not know yet, the undertone is the underlying shade of your complexion. Is it warm, cool, or neutral?
How to identify your undertone?
You are warm-toned if your skin has a golden, yellowed, honeyed, or peachy tone. Now if your skin has hints of pink, blue, or red, you are cool-toned. Look at your wrist to determine your skin tone. Your wrist is where you can see your veins. If you see blue or purple veins, it means you are likely cool-toned. If the veins are green, it means you are warm. Your eyes can also tell your skin tone. If you happen to have blue and green specks, then you are likely cool-toned. If you have a lot of gold, then you are likely warm.
If your skin has no warm, pink, nor blue undertones, then you have a neutral undertone. And your veins look both green and blue.
It’s time to search for the right shade.
- Always test it out first before applying.
Before applying a foundation shade to your face, it is best to test it out first on your jawline - where your skin's natural tone is. If you can use a tester in store, dab a bit of each shade onto your chin, jaw, and neck using your ring finger. The shade that disappears into your skin is the best one for you!
How will you know if the shade is not good for your undertone? Well, it will absolutely show on your skin. You will look pinkish if you have warm undertones and wear a cool foundation. And your skin will look yellowish if you have cool undertones and you wear a warm foundation.
- Test three shades.
If you find it tough to decide if the shade matches your skin color, try testing a lighter, medium, and darker shade. This way, you can experiment and discover the right one for you.
- Always keep a concealer that is one shade lighter than your skin tone.
Why? Because having just one foundation is not enough for general coverage. Foundations can lessen the appearance of dark spots but they cannot hide pigment patches perfectly. Apply the foundation then dab on a concealer to hide spots.
- Oxidation can ruin the right foundation so watch out!
Have you ever tested a foundation in the store and you thought that was your perfect match, but the next time you wore it, the color was different and it looked horrible. That is caused by oxidation - it causes the product to change colors during wear. Oxidation is caused by the pH of our skin that reacts to oxides, some ingredients found in foundations. Some examples of oxides are titanium oxide, iron oxide, zinc oxide, and aluminum oxide. These can be found in full-coverage foundations.
- Adjust to seasonal skin tone change.
Your skin color could change from season to season depending on how your skin responds to the sun. Your skin may be a shade darker in the summer than in the other seasons. If you switch up foundations over seasonal changes, go with the same undertone color profile when choosing your shade. Your skin color could change, but your undertones stay consistent.
- Mix and match.
Play makeup artist and mix the lighter and darker shades and find what works for you. Just keep in mind that our goal is to make it blend.
We know it has been hard to find the right foundation shade for dark skin tones, but we promised to make it easier for you. And there you have it! We hope you like the tips we shared. If you want to get more beauty advice and some hair care tips, check out Black Lifestyle!