Foundations for the Deepest Skintones

New York Fashion Week showed me many things about being a makeup artist. One thing I learned is that you always need a really, really great selection of foundations. In the picture above, celebrity hair and makeup artist Johnny Lavoy created the look on model Kinee Diouf backstage at The Blondes show. I sat in anticipation, wondering what product Johnny would use. He tried one or two products, to no avail. The foundation that melted into her skin like a dream? Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer in SX16. Problem averted. So many times, people ask me about make for "dark skinned women" or "very, very dark skinned women". Here are some commercial brands that didn't forget about any of us.

Becca Cometics carries over 25 shades of foundation, so you'll always be able to find a shade that you need. The foundation sticks offer the most natural look I've ever seen. From what I've heard, there isn't an incredibly high Black population is Austraila, but somehow, the Aussie creator didn't want to leave us out. Aww. To find your shade easier, enlarge to colour selector and match yourself.

Black Opal-I just started playing with these foundations a few weeks ago, but they come in 7 shades. They can get a little greasy, but if you use a good powder, you'll do great. Plus, you can find them at your neighborhood convenience store. I have only tried the stick foundations and the Total Coverage Concealing Foundations. Not bad at all!

Cover FX-Created to cover even the most dramatic tattoos, scars and blemishes, there are over 30 shades. These foundations can be thinned out to give even the lightest coverage. This is one of the newer brands in the makeup game, but they are knocking their competitors out! Just tried the new concealer, it really does cover anything! Plus, there is all kinds of talk about them having shockingly great primers. Yes!

So, don't give up on the quest for the perfect founation. What brand(s) of foundation would you recommend for those of us without many options?