Melanin Approved: 10 Great Foundations for Women of Color

If you’ve been having a hard time finding foundations that match your level of melanin, you are not alone. Since the growth of the makeup industry, which still predominantly caters to fare and pale-skinned women, women of color have been mostly excluded. Today, there are hundreds of makeup companies scrambling to tap into the billion dollar makeup industry targeted at black and brown girls. However, few have succeeded at offering melanin approved foundation in a wide variety of shades. To make your search a little easier, here are some of the best foundations for black and brown girls.

 

 

L'Oréal True Match™ Super-Blendable Makeup, $11

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L'Oréal’s True Match™ Super-Blendable Makeup is an oil free, non-cakey foundation. This light-to-medium coverage foundation comes in 33 skin true shades ranging from a warm Porcelain to a cool Espresso.

 

Iman Cosmetics Second to None Luminous Foundation Clay 3, $13

@makeupmickei

@makeupmickei

 

I love any and everything Iman! Her cosmetic line celebrates all skin tones and adheres to the cosmetic and skincare needs of women of color. The Second to None Luminous Foundation Clay 3 can be used wet or dry and gives a sheer finish.

 

Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra Long Wear Foundation, $47

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@makeup_wth_key

 

In 2015, Lancôme brought on the gorgeous and talented Lupita Nyong’o as an ambassador. Since, they have been working to expand their variety of shades to meet the needs of all melanin types. Teint Idole Ultra Long Wear full coverage foundation comes in 35 shades. And its pro-longwear quality is an added perk.

 

Black Opal True Color Pore Perfecting Liquid Foundation, $11

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@jasminemariemitchell

 

Black Opal caters specifically to women of color. The True Color Pore Perfecting Liquid Foundation comes in 12 shades.

 

Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation, $50

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@fashinizkaotic

 

If you fear your foundation will make your skin look dull, try Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation. This foundation leaves a gorgeous luminous finish.  Barose raves that this product gives his client, Tracee Ellis Ross, a multidimensional, luminous effect.


M.A.C. Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation, $27

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@beatbythespade

This two-in-one powder and foundation controls shine and comes in an impressive 47 shades. I love to use Studio Fix Powder Plus to set and increase coverage on my Studio Fix Fluid SPF 15.

 

Black Radiance’s Color Perfect™ Liquid Make-Up, $5

@buxombohemian

@buxombohemian

 

With shades from butterscotch to mocha honey, Color Perfect™ Liquid Make-Up was voted the 2015 Best Face Product by Reader’s Choice. This oil free, full coverage works well with oily or combination skin.

 

Black Up Matifying Fluid Foundation, $42

@makeup_lover32

@makeup_lover32

 

Newly “revamped” formula comes in 18 amazing shades, even for the most melanin rich! This medium coverage foundation is great for those of us who like a matte finish. An added benefit to this brand is that it also covers blemishes well.

 

CoverGirl Queen Collection All Day Flawless Foundation, $11

@iamsamfine

@iamsamfine

 

This foundation, concealer, and powder fusion provides an even, matte finish that lasts all day long! My sisters who are not into layering, or just don't have time, love it. And I love it when I'm traveling light! Comes in 14 shades.

 

CoverFX Custom Drops, $44

@artistrybybonnie

@artistrybybonnie

 

If you are still having trouble finding the right shade, try this! CoverFX Custom Drops allows you to create a customized foundation, to near perfect match. These vegan drops of pure pigment come in the shades full, medium, and sheer coverages and two skin types.

 

Let us know what your favorite foundation is!