On our fourth day of Afro-Latina beauty week, we’re tackling one of the biggest complaints we hear: Why can’t I find a foundation made for my skin color?!
So often foundations made for darker skin tones look too red on Afro-Latinas, and the foundations made for lighter skin tones look too gray or yellow. Because Afro-Latinas can have olive, red, or golden undertones (like our model Christina Milian), it can be extra difficult to find the perfect shade, says makeup artist Jackie Gomez. No wonder so many of us out there feel frustrated!
Luckily, Jackie has a secret: Face Atelier Ultra Foundation Pro ($32, faceatelier.com), which is a formula that combines olive, red, and golden pigments so it matches your complexion no matter what undertone you have. “It’s the only foundation I use when I work with Zoe Saldana, Beyonce, or Chanel Iman,” Jackie says. Shade numbers 5 to 7 work well on medium-dark and olive skin while shades 8 through 12 look great on dark skin with golden or red tones.
The foundation comes in a tiny tube, but it lasts forever, especially if you apply it with a slightly damp sponge (Jackie prefers the Beauty Blender, $19.95, beautyblender.net). Happy blending!