Perfect Powders, Concealers, and Foundations for Black Brides

For women of color, the most challenging aspect of beauty shopping is finding face makeup--ie, foundation, concealer and powder--that seamlessly matches our skin tone. And for brides, it's even more important (who wants to look like they're wearing a mask in their bridal portrait? Pictures last a lifetime!). The good news is, beauty brands are working overtime to develop extensive face makeup shades to suit our skin. Give flawless face on your wedding day with our picks for the best foundations, concealers and powders on the market.
ESSENCE.COM Jan, 09, 2010

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CoverGirl Queen Collection Compact Foundation ($9) is a breakout-proof formula that gives gorgeous, buildable coverage (love). We’re obsessed with Queen’s extensive shade range—and the fact that we can pick it up at any drugstore in the country.

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If you’re looking for a natural-looking, “is she or isn’t she?” foundation, you’ll love Clinique Almost Makeup SPF 15 ($21). This sheer, oil-free formula blends effortlessly into skin for a pretty, dewy finish.

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Just one tap of the BareEscentuals Mineral Veil ($19) is a translucent loose powder that gives skin a luminous, lit-from-within finish. Due to its sulfate-free formula, this powder works for all skin types and can be worn alone or layered on top of your liquid foundation.

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There’s no skin tone too uneven or zit too large that the MAC Studio Sculpt SPF 15 Foundation ($29.50) can’t conceal. The gel-based formula gives amazing coverage and leaves our skin feeling baby-soft.

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An classic among women all over the world, Bobbi Brown Foundation Stick ($40) is the ultimate double duty product: you can wear this creamy, ultra-blendable stick as foundation (just apply all over), or concealer (swipe under your eyes and over dark spots).

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Makeup artist always have IMAN Second To None Semi-Loose Powder ($15) in their kits, and for good reason. This silky powder is infused with skin-perfecting minerals, it evens out your skin tone, and gives your complexion a shine-free finish.

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Fashion Fair Cover Tone ($19) is a waterproof cream concealer that gives such major coverage that it can be used both on the face and body. Perfect for covering up scars, birthmarks or tatoos on the big day (a must if you’re wearing a strapless gown).

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Finally, a concealer that comes spiked with salicylic acid, a proven zit-zapper! Black Opal Cover and Clear Blemish Concealer ($5) works overtime to mask and treat your pimples.

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For the most smooth-looking complexion, wear a primer under your foundation. Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer ($39) is spiked with vitamins and antioxidants to smooth away imperfections and even out your skin texture.

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It’s your big day, so give yourself the star treatment with Temptu AIRbrush Makeup System ($225)! Celebrity makeup artist Fran Cooper (who uses the system on Janet Jackson) says it’s great for layering and covering hyperpigmentation. “The AIRbrush imparts a flawless, even tone,” she says. “It’s also great for contouring and highlighting without becoming thick and heavy.”