Black Girl-Approved: Our Quest For The Perfect Foundation

Our inaugural episode is dedicated to the brands that have actually expanded their shade range. 

Nikki Brown May, 26, 2017

It’s 2017 and there’s still an overwhelming need for more makeup shades that compliment brown skin.

Foundation is particularly challenging, as a lot of us are forced to mix colors or simply go without because a myriad of brands don’t provide enough options. 

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Our inaugural episode of “Black Girl-Approved” (above) is dedicated to unearthing the ones that have actually expanded their ranges. Whether your skin is fair, deep or something in between, you’ll be impressed by what we were able to find. 

Shop our top picks below! 

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It's time to play with some foundation, guys. [MUSIC] [UNKNOWN] there's multiple formulas. We have creams, we have some powers, some liquids. So this is not my color. [LAUGH] Too dark? It's too like the undertone is red. That's one of the problems with foundation that I find the most is they'll have like our colors, colors in quotes, but the undertones are just really wrong, like really, really wrong. Yeah. I have a formula that I like. One of their shades works really well for me in the winter time, but it's more yellow. and then the shade up from it is ginger. And it has just a little bit more orange-red in it. Yeah. But not like stark red, stark orange. And it looks really good in the summertime. Yeah. When I'm glowing and such. Yeah. Wait, I need help. [LAUGH] [LAUGH] How do I put this on? Ooh, Fantasy Milk. [INAUDIBLE] It has like a roller. I think you have to keep pushing it. [SOUND] So, here you go. Thank you. Just try that one. Okay. This might be for you. For me? Maybe. [MUSIC] Not this one. Wow girl, what is this? That does not look like the same in the bottle. Can you hand me that? So if I needed a foundation that was affordable but still good quality, what is a good brand you would recommend? I really like Loreal. Maybelline has good ones. If you want more of a color range, you have trouble finding your match, Iman is really good. And all of those are under $10. And truth be told, my favorite Powder that I use is $8. And I have access to the $100 one so that says something. Which one is this? This is the number ten of Giorgio Armani but it's too grey. [SOUND] If you ever swatch and look grey just That's not it. It's not the color. She said that's not it. [LAUGH] How important is a primer when you're putting on foundation? I personally don't use a primer. But I mean, it does what it's supposed to do. In the summer, I would probably say it's more useful. I mean, none of us here are caking it on. But for those that do a primer, it's good, because it will keep everything in place. It won't get cakey, or blotchy, or weird, What's the best way to apply your makeup. So if you use your fingers, a lot of experts say it's good, because [INAUDIBLE] adds warmth to the foundation, so it sits more as a second skin. You could use a beauty blender, or a sponge, or you can use a brush. I personally like my fingers, I just feel like it looks more natural. What do you guys use? A brush I use a brush. I use a brush too. I'm outvoted. Well this was fun, I think we all found a shade, or [MUSIC]