While beauty brands still have a way to go, some are finally launching more inclusive, diverse ranges of makeup to suit all skin tones and types. The best foundation for dark skin can still be a challenge to find, however, which is why we’ve rounded up some of the very best, from brands who offer the biggest shade ranges. From inclusivity pioneers Fenty Beauty and Huda Beauty, to iconic makeup giants such as Mac Cosmetics and Lancôme (who have started to diversify further), these picks are beloved for a reason.
Best foundation for dark skin: full coverage
No. of shades: 30
A seriously impressive formula that’s powerfully pigmented, Huda’s first foundation comes in 30 shades, and ’embraces and celebrates all skin tones.’ It can feel a little heavy at times, so be sure to apply this with a damp beauty blender, and use a glow-enhancing primer – particularly if you have dry skin.
Best foundation for dark skin: dry skin
No. of shades: 33
NARS’ foundations are the stuff of beauty legends, and their Natural Radiant Longwear formula has become an icon in its own right. Ultra lightweight on the skin but super long lasting and offering great coverage, this is a brilliant all-rounder. It is available in 33 shades, and suits normal to dry skin types particularly well.
Best foundation for dark skin: combination skin
No. of shades: 50
A modern pioneer in diversity, Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty line features a bestselling foundation with an incredible 50 shades. The formula is largely matte, meaning it is suited to oily or combination skin types, and much like the Huda foundation, this works when skin is best prepped with hydrating skincare and primers.
Best foundation for dark skin with yellow undertones
Shade range: 10
Despite not offering a hugely impressive shade range, The Ordinary’s affordable foundation does contain options for different undertones, including warmer yellow undertones. Also, it’s under ten pounds, making its hydrating, medium coverage formula all the more impressive.
Best foundation for dark skin: oily skin
No. of shades: 20
Black Up is a brand designed for women with dark skin tones, so it is a a great place to start to find your perfect foundation. Its Mattifying Fluid Foundation is ideal for complexions on the oily side, as it effectively reduces shine and provides great coverage. The brand also stocks other complexion options, including a CC cream and another foundation.
Best foundation for dark skin: drugstore
No. of shades: 40
Drugstore makeup brands definitely have a way to go in offering diverse, comprehensive foundation shade ranges, but this formula by Maybelline is one of the best options if you’re not looking to spend too much. The foundation itself is brilliant at covering everything from enlarged pores to breakouts, and has a matte finish.
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Shade range: 67
Mac's bestselling foundation comes in an incredible 67 shades, and their expert artists in store, as well as their comprehensive guide online, will help you to pick the exact right one.
Shade range: 43
A true 'comfort matte,' this is ideal for normal, oily, or combination skin types due to its genius texture. Its wide ranging shade range makes finding the right one easy, and the formula also has an SPF 15.
Shade range: 40
A lighter, 'no makeup makeup' version of Lancome's OG Teint foundation, this is great for the summer. Lancome also ensured this new launch embraced diversity and inclusivity through its wide ranging shade range.
Shade range: 34
Hourglass' foundation is unlike many other stick formulas in that it is never drying or cakey in texture. It blends beautifully, and is easy to build in coverage.