Here Are 5 Foundations That Women of Color Need to Try

In light of the recent Tarte controversy, we’ve found some inclusive alternatives.

By //Beauty 

The beauty community has made huge strides opening up its arms to women of all backgrounds. In the past, it was difficult for people of color to find makeup that complimented their tones especially in foundation. High-end brands like Giorgio Armani and Dior saw this void in the market and began to produce luxury formulas. This still left those with a tighter budget without many options.

Drugstore brands like Maybelline and L’Oréal filled the affordable gap ushering in products that not only have a more diverse range of shades, but also fit a variety of skin types. The 2017 launch of Fenty Beauty illuminated the issue even more. The bold release of 40 foundations was unprecedented and redefined what it meant for a brand to be inclusive.

Now an extensive range of shades is the status quo. The recent 15-shade launch of Tarte CosmeticsShape Tape Foundation was disappointing for many because it represented a lack of thought and care.

With that said, we’ve rounded up some amazing foundation options that can serve as everyday coverage or provide full beats for special occasion. Check out some of our favorites below.

Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation

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Fenty Beauty

If you haven’t tried Fenty Beauty’s Pro Filt’r foundation then something must be wrong. The matte formula has already reached grail status for many because of the skin-like finish it offers. Oily girls don’t have to worry about getting shiny and those with dry skin can enjoy its airy texture. The richer shades of this $34 USD foundation sell out fast, so head to Fenty Beauty now to get your fix.

L’Oréal Paris True Match Super-Blendable Makeup

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L’Oréal

L’Oréal is a trusted drugstore brand which has been creating cult-favorite items for years. Its True Match Super-Blendable Liquid Makeup offers all day coverage that won’t move. It comes in 32 high-pigment shades and also is infused with broad spectrum SPF. Purchase this two-in-one goody for $9 USD at Target.

MAC Studio Fix Fluid

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MAC

MAC‘s Studio Fix Fluid provided the blueprint for creating a wide range of formula colors. The liquid-y makeup arrives in 42 shades with an impressive variety of undertones. The formula is buildable and easy to blend with a beauty sponge or brush. Pick up a bottle from MAC now for $29 USD.

Make Up For Ever Foundation

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Make Up For Ever

Make Up For Ever‘s foundation is an award-winning must-have. The brand offers 40 shades of the natural-finish formula that works for both normal and combination skin. Its Ultra HD filter claim is something ladies must try out for themselves. Pick up the $43 USD product as soon as you can.

NARS Sheer Glow Foundation

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NARS

NARS‘ Sheer Glow foundation enhances your natural complexion without overwhelming it with chemicals. Vitamin C and turmeric are mixed into the lightweight formula to provide an even texture that appears brighter. Beginners and those who like to keep it simple will enjoy the glow it gives you. Shop the Sheer Glow foundation at Sephora where it is now available for $47 USD.

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