The Healthiest Foundation For Black Skin

… normal and normal to dry skin that needs minimal coverage.

  • Liquid and cream foundations are available in both moisturizing and oil-free formulas.  They are easy to blend and can go from medium to full-coverage depending on how much you apply. If you go for liquid, be sure to shake the bottle first to make sure heavier parts haven’t settled to the bottom.
  • Stick foundation is one of my favorite formulas because it’s portable and quick and easy to apply. A good choice for normal skin, this travel-friendly formula won’t ever spill and it can also be used to cover blemishes and scars.
  • Compact foundation, with its cream to powder formulation, is best for oily skin. To avoid looking cakey, look for one that’s not too powdery. Many compacts come with different sponges that allow you to control the amount of coverage you get.
  • Use your fingers or a makeup sponge to spot-apply foundation where skin needs to be evened out, especially around the nose and mouth where there’s redness. For full, all-over coverage, use a foundation brush to apply and blend foundation. To give foundation staying power and take away shine, finish off with a dusting of powder.

    As for powder, pale yellow-toned powder is the most flattering on all skin tones. A big beauty myth is that translucent powder is invisible. But it actually makes skin look pasty and ashy. The same holds for purple, pink or green powders designed to “correct” color — they don’t look natural, so stay away from them. Look for a powder with a silky, lighter-than-air texture. Use loose powder at home and pressed powder when  you travel, since it’s more portable. Use a velour puff to apply the powder and dust off any excess with a powder brush. Apply a fair amount of powder if skin is oily. Dust it just around the nose and forehead if skin is dry.  If you want a full face application, go for it. But the idea is to use foundation to perfect the skin, not hide it.