As a woman of color with dark skin prone to !-- react-text: 144 --">, picking a good !-- react-text: 147 --"> is akin to gambling in Vegas: victory is uncertain, getting played is likely, and expectations are generally better than reality. Plus, mistakes are expensive — makeup will cost you coins. My foundation journey kicked off when I was 16 with a Fashion Fair product I received as a hand-me-down from a cousin who was not even the same skin tone as me. Let’s just say I am so, so glad camera phones were not a thing back then because there are no living records of that ashy monstrosity.
After moving to the U.S. from Burkina Faso, I started worshipping at the altar of the M.A.C. counter and upgraded to !-- react-text: 158 --">. While that was likely much better than whatever I was rocking before, I learned with time and research that I could still do better. Social media (especially YouTube) played a large role in my education, but I also listened to several professional makeup artists and did a lot of research on my own. The tips below are the ones I used to find my holy grail complexion products; I hope they are useful to anyone on the market for a new foundation.
For reference, see my bare skin below (only my brows are done because they are bald AF and my microblading is fading). I have combination skin, with an oily T-zone (forehead, nose, and chin) and mostly normal skin on the rest of my face. I also have a bit of hyperpigmentation around my mouth and under my eyes, as you can see.