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These 10 Foundations For Dark Skin Tones Are The Bomb!

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Shopping for base makeup is akin to shopping for jeans. Finding one that fits perfectly and feels like a second skin is nothing short of a Herculean task. Picking a foundation that’s a true match is no different. It requires a lot of time, patience, moolah, and trial and error. However, you will notice that this uphill task gets even more challenging when your skin colour is towards the darker end of the spectrum. The general tendency among most makeup brands is to offer only a couple of shades in foundations for dark skin with no attention paid to undertones whatsoever. I find this attitude very infuriating and unfair.

This is why I’ve curated a list of 10 foundations that work beautifully on dark skin tones. Not only do these foundations have kickass formulas, they also offer a whole range of shades for dark skinned girls.


Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation_Hauterfly

1. Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation (Rs 3,571)

This award-winning foundation available in a diverse range of shades is great for women with dark skin tones. As the name suggests, it goes on like butter and dries down to a silky finish. The lightweight formula is made with micro-fil technology that gives off a luminous glow.


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2. Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Even Finish Foundation SPF 15 (Rs 4,014)

This medium-coverage foundation actually looks like you don’t have any makeup on. The thick foundation has a mousse-like texture and needs to be worked in quickly for best results. This formula works best for people who have oily skin and like matte formulas.


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3. Clinique Superbalanced MakeUp (Rs 2,177)

Another light to medium coverage foundation for times when you want to look natural, it has a very hydrating formula so if you prefer the completely matte look steer clear of this one.


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4. MAC Studio Fix Fluid SPF 15 (Rs 2,290)

Nobody understands the needs of women of colour quite like MAC. All their products deliver what they claim to do, which is why you don’t mind paying the steep price. The Studio Fix Fluid is available in such a wide variety of shades and undertones, you will be spoilt for choice. The long-wear matte finish on this foundation ensures that you look shine-free for hours.


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5. Shiseido Sheer And Perfect Foundation SPF 15 (Rs 2,313)

This sheer, lightweight foundation offers sheer to medium coverage and works best on normal to combination skin. It has colour correcting pigments so it works well if you have redness and discolouration, or uneven skin tone.


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6. L’Oréal Paris True Match Liquid Foundation (Rs 1,025)

The problem with most brands is that they don’t make enough dark foundations keeping in mind different undertones, and this precisely where L’Oréal Paris True Match Liquid Foundation wins. This liquid foundation offers light-medium coverage so unless you have serious pigmentation you won’t need concealer. You can, however, build the coverage because it is lightweight and blendable.


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7. Kryolan Ultra Foundation (Rs 1,000 approx)

Kryolan is the world’s first professional makeup brand and has been used in the film, theatre and television industry for over 70 years. Kryolan Ultra Foundation is a creamy foundation that offers medium to heavy coverage. It is also water-proof. If you want a dewy finish, apply it with a damp cosmetic sponge. For a matte finish, apply it as is. The best part about this foundation is that it looks stunning in pictures.


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8. Lancôme Teint Miracle Foundation (Rs 3,946)

I’ve already professed my love for the Teint Miracle Foundation in the past. This water-based foundation is very hydrating, which makes it a great foundation for both dry and oily skin. it provides light to medium coverage and does not look heavy or cakey. It gives that lit-from-within glow that looks smashing in person as well as in pictures.


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9. Nars All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation (Rs 6,799)

The foundation blends into skin seamlessly and stays on all day without fading. The line has a whole lot of deep shades that can suit women of diverse skin tones. It offers light coverage that can be built to full coverage.


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10. Christian Dior Diorskin Star Studio Foundation (Rs 3,980)

If you like skin that’s neither matte nor dewy but shines like natural, healthy skin, look no further. This illuminating foundation infused with silica beads is made such that it captures and diffuses light. The medium coverage foundation looks really great in pictures.


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