Foundations for women of colour

Thursday, 17 October 2013

Ethnic foundation shades

When it comes to choosing a foundation, you first need to decide what formula you desire. Do you need full coverage or is it a long lasting formulation you’re after? Then comes the tough part. What shade do you pick? Keep in mind that your skin tone may not be even, as women of colour tend to scar and hyper pigment more easily from acne than others. You may find yourself needing to mix two different shades to get your perfect match. Remember you don’t want to look ashy, so play around until you have a flawless complexion and are happy with the look.

Here are a few of our favourite foundations for women of colour:
1. Estée Lauder Double Wear FoundationR415
2. Revlon Colorstay Makeup in CaramelR225
3. Rimmel Lasting Finish 25hour foundation in MochaR99.95
4. Lancôme Teint Idol Ultra in 11 Muscade, R455

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Zoe has a bachelor’s degree in motion picture medium. She loves all things beauty and fashion. When she is not writing articles for the latest issue of Clicks Club Card magazine or, she is obsessed with gel nails, lengthening mascaras and healthy glowing skin! Zoe on Google+

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  1. Sammy Sym

    Rimmel lasting 25hour foundation works best with people with oily skin. It gives a very nice glow to the skin, the only thing about the product is that you have to put two layers on of foundation because its not full coverage. Its also very affordable so its GREAT !

    3 years ago •

  1. Ashmitha Ramgathi

    Rimmel Stay Matte foundation is great for those with oily skin and comes in a range of colours suitable for all skintones. I really like it

    4 years ago •

  1. Boitumelo Motswenyane

    I have tried the Revlon Colorstay Caramel and really love how it gels with my skin to give me a radiant look

    4 years ago •

  1. Thirusha Govender

    I use the the Revlon foundation for oily skin.

    4 years ago •

  1. Tandana Mtegha

    I would love love to try the Revlon mascara.

    5 years ago •

  1. Nomahlubi

    I haven’t tried Revlon Colourstay foundation and the Rimmel Lasting Finish foundation, but want to now…. it’s hard getting the right colour combination.

    5 years ago •

  1. Talia

    Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation works wonders for me

    5 years ago •

  1. SG

    I find that Almay and Charlie give the best results.

    5 years ago •

  1. Tanusta

    I have only used Revlon foundation since 1997! They are amazing.

    5 years ago •

  1. Miss Addy M

    It is so hard to find the right foundation for darker skins! I’ve almost just given up and simply use my BB Cream which costs me nearly R400 (with a powder if necessary) because I find that works better than any of the foundations I have ever tried. The Revlon ColorStay was the worst! I didn’t like the finish…it was far too matte for my liking. Perhaps I should sample an Estee Lauder or a Clinique or Chanel…Dior or Lancôme. Because drug store foundations really have not done it for me at all. This is a real battle.

    5 years ago •

  1. foreverGLAM

    I still cannot find the perfect shade. It is so hard to find one. I have two foundations that are close to my skin colour but are just not good enough. I mix the two and that helps.

    5 years ago •

  1. Brown_ndLovely

    Getting the right colour is the most difficult part, I think the in store assistants or promoters should also be trained to help customers find the right colour match, because often they get it wrong.

    5 years ago •

  1. NaturalDiva

    I tried MAC and they could not find the right colour for me. I have read and heard good things about the Revlon Colourstay foundation and the Rimmel Lasting Finish foundations. I have read that Bobbi Brown foundations match women of colour well. I’m keen to try.

    5 years ago •

  1. Nadia Lucas

    I want to start using mac as well, currently on Revlon colourstay, but want something that doesnt shine by the afternoon!

    5 years ago •

  1. beautyaddict

    I love the Mac foundations.. they also have a wide range of colours

    5 years ago •

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