Natural Base for Darker Skintones

Oh my Darker skinned Beauties, I feel you! Finding the one stop shop for foundations is tricky at the best of times. Tones may appear to pink or too yellow making you look grey, too dark or too light.  In fairness, the past 3 years has seen a dramatic increase in commercial availability of darker makeup, with greater shade and undertone choices to be had by the bigger brands.

However, if it is more natural formulation you are looking for, the choice significantly drops. That said, companies and brands are making an effort, so here are a few options for you to examine.  In general, I prefer a liquid base, that blends easily into the skin and gives a softer finish than a powdered matte.

Skincare is of course key, and good hydration will prevent your tone from being ashy in the first place, while a mattifying primer may be a good option for those of you with oiler skin. Try Evolve Miracle Oil for a balanced hydrating boost, or try 100% Pure Mattifying Primer or this really interesting Mineral Powder Primer by PHB Ethical.

Colour Choice is hard, so try before you buy. Many online shops now offer a sample service, where by they send small quantities either pre-made by the brands, or assembled by the boutique itself.  In general, the lighter you are, you can opt for more yellow based tones and the darker you are, you may prefer a redder undertone.  I find buildable coverage the best way to ensure a natural finish, and have a renewed love for cream andstick formulas.

Vapour Atmosphere both liquid and sticks have darker shades

Ilia has a good range of medium shades and 3 darker shades between its tinted moisturiser and liquid foundations.

PHB Ethical have both Loose and pressed Mineral Powder options in Med- Darker shades , are handmade ethically and organically in the UK/

Kjaer Weiss and RMS Beauty each have 2 medium to darker tones in their creamy base formulas.

Zao Organic has a few shades divided between the various textures they offer, but some colours are on the edge of Pinky, so definitely get some samples in first.

For a setting powder, I really like the Inika Mineral Mattifying Powder. It is fine enough that it does not live a dusty finish, and like good Mineral foundations, it "Melts" into the skin after a few minutes.


Photo of Philomena Kwao by @simonwisbey for Slink Magazine. Styled by @rivkestyles
Makeup by Me, but in the interest of full disclosure, I did not use any of the above mentioned bases on Philomena.