I'm Brown and Have Tried Tons of Foundations—These 11 Always Look Best


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Finding the right foundation for Black or Brown skin can be a challenge. Although many brands have followed in the footsteps of Fenty Beauty by dramatically expanding their shade ranges, skin of color can often have a mix of undertones that makes it tough to find a perfect match. Luckily, I can offer a bit of help in this department since I'm Brown and fall into this category. Although I mostly have warm undertones, occasionally, some warm foundations will look too orange on me, and neutral shades make me look too pale. I'm also not one to have the patience for buying and mixing two foundation shades all the time—it's just too much work. 

Due to my role as a beauty editor, though, I've gotten the chance to try so many options and shade ranges. Formulas just keep getting better by the day, but the ones below are the favorites I always find myself reaching for. Keep scrolling and discover the one for you. The best foundations for dark skin tones are ahead, and there are picks for every skin type.

Best Overall: Blk/Opl True Color Skin Perfecting Stick Foundation

Best for Oily Skin: Fenty Beauty Pro Filt'r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation

Best for Acne-Prone Skin: Armani Beauty Luminous Silk Oil-Free Foundation


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Best for Sensitive Skin: Rare Beauty Liquid Touch Weightless Foundation

Best for Dry Skin: Glossier Stretch Fluid Foundation

Best for Mature Skin: Shiseido Synchro Skin Radiant Lifting Foundation


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Best Drugstore: L'Oréal True Match Super-Blendable Foundation

Best Powder: L'Oréal Infallible 24HR Fresh Wear Foundation in a Powder

More Foundations for Dark Skin Tones We Love

Shawna Hudson
Associate Beauty Editor

Shawna Hudson has worked in editorial for over six years, with experience covering entertainment, fashion, culture, celebrities, and her favorite topic of all, beauty. She graduated from California State University, Fullerton, with a degree in journalism and has written for other publications such as Bustle, The Zoe Report, Byrdie, Elite Daily, Mane Addicts, and more. She is currently an associate beauty editor at Who What Wear and hopes to continue feeding her (completely out-of-control) beauty obsession as long as she can. Stay up to date on her latest finds on Instagram @shawnasimonee.