The Best Base Makeup For Brown Girls

black beauty with perfect skinLike finding the perfect pair of jeans, shopping for the best base makeup for women of color is work honey! Of course, due to the sparsity of choices for beautiful brown complexions, the trial-and-error process becomes much harder.

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Fortunately for us, according to CoverGirl makeup artist Jennifer Fleming, there’s been a lot of progress over the past few years. “Many brands are offering shade extensions catering to a much wider range of skin tones and complexions,” she recently told Refinery29. “As the world continues to become more blended, there will always be work to do.”

So, without further ado, we scanned countless customer reviews, expert opinions, even tried a few on for size ourselves, to compile a list of the best full-coverage foundations for brown girls, everywhere.

Marc Jacobs Re(marc)able Full Cover Foundation Concentrate, $55, available at Sephora.


With a wide range of colors for “medium deep w/ yellow undertones” to “deep w/ pink undertones” and “very deep w/ red undertones,” this base makeup, packed with jojoba esters and sunflower-seed wax, is sure to mix, match and flatter a variety of complexions.

CoverGirl Queen Collection All Day Flawless Foundation, $11.29, available at COVERGIRL.

Covergirl Queen all day flawless foundation

This 3-in-1 formula fuses powder, concealer and foundation in one easy step, offering a flawless look that lasts all day long. The benefit? They offer 14 shades for deep skin tones, each of which are backed by The Queen Collection Guarantee: “you’ll love it, or your money back.”