Black Girl Beauty: 14 Foundations That Actually Mimic Skin

Curious about which foundations look less like makeup and more like skin? The 'no makeup' makeup look is made easy with these brown girl-friendly formulas!

Virginia Lowman Feb, 23, 2016

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Curious about which foundations look less like makeup and more like skin? No makeup-makeup is made easy with these brown-girl friendly formulas!

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For the girl who doesn't like to spend a lot of time in the mirror, a foundation stick is a must. A bargain beauty favorite, e.l.f Moisturizing Foundation Stick is lightweight and buildable for medium to full coverage.

$6, available at

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Most foundation that offer SPF usually go for the bare minimum of 15. Dermatologists recommend that your SPF coverage is at least 30, so this Nars Velvet Matte Skin Tint Foundation is a must-have. Not only does it give you SPF 30 coverage, but it's also light enough to feel like a tinted moisturizer, but pigmented enough to cover blemishes.

$44, availble at

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This cult-beauty favorite doubles as a foundation and a tinted moisturizer; it melts into skin delivery a dose of hydration looks natural and dewy.

$29.50, available a

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It's not often that your makeup doubles as skincare. This serum-based foundation is chock-full of skin loving ingredients like lychee and mushroom extract that refresh skin to give it a more youthful appearance. In addition to great coverage, it also has an SPF of 40 to aid in the prevention of sunspots.

$62, available at

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For women on the go who don't have time for touch-ups, this 12-hour wear, lightweight foundation doubles as a concealer. So whether you're spot treating or aiming for full-face coverage, you're covered.

$27, available at

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With 24 shades to choose from, you're sure to find you perfect match within the Cover FX range. The lightweight serum foundation can be built up for full coverage or mixed with your favorite face cream to create a tinted moisturizer.

$44, available at

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Available in 23 shades in both standard and travel size, Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation has a super smooth finish that truly mimics the dewy glow of summer skin.

$62, available at

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Formulated specifically for normal to dry skin, Laura Mercier's coveted foundation formula absorbs oil and balances moisture to the skin. Mix it with your favorite face cream as a tinted moisturizer or build it up for full coverage. Either way, you're covered for the next 12 hours!

$48, available at

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Drugstore beauty gems can be hard to find, but for oily girls who need a foundation that stays in place when your skin starts to shine, Infallible Pro-Matte is a must. Oil is no match for the demi-matte formula that goes on and stays on, all day long. 

$12, at drugstores

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It melts into your skin for a barely-there finish and 10% of retail sales are donated to nonprofit organization We See Beauty. Flawless skin and philanthropy all in one! Win-win!

$45, available at

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A little really does go a long way with this formula. One drop of this foundation covers stubborn blemishes, brighten skin and evens skin tone; and it's under $50!

$48, available at

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If ever there were a product that was sheer magic, it would be Bobbi Brown's Skin Foundation Stick. The easy-to-use stick formula blends seamlessly, while also moisturizing and mattifying even the oiliest skin. Perfect for on-the-go touch up's and busy morning routines.

$46, available at

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Another drugstore beauty buy that gives your more bang for your buck that other brands in the same price category. Available in 14 shades, just one drop takes care of your entire face without looking cakey or unnatural.

$23.50, available at

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Fast makeup takes on a new meaning when it comes in an arousal can. DiorSkin Airflash Foundation gives you seamless, buildable coverage that look airbrushed in the most natural way. Not a makeup pro? Not a problem; just spray on at a safe distance and go!

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