The Foundations That Melanin Queens Actually Use

In a world of limitless lip colors and eyeshadow palettes, finding the perfect foundation shade can still be difficult — especially for those who fall on opposite ends of the complexion spectrum. Luckily, we have brands like Fenty Beauty who put inclusion first (and are genuine about doing so). And it turns out that Hollywood’s loving it, too.

“The thing about Fenty, which I own, is that I can get a base makeup that is exactly my skin tone,” Viola Davis told us last month. “I don’t feel like I have to get something five shades lighter, or mix two shades together, in order to get my shade. And it feels like my natural skin. It’s full coverage, and I’m honored by the fact that I’m recognized in this beauty line. I thank Rihanna for that.”

Davis isn’t the only one celebrating new shades perfect for dark and deep complexions from forward-thinking lines. There are plenty of queens — including Khoudia Diop and Lupita Nyong’o — who’ve let us in on the brands and formulas that are a match made in melanin heaven. Having trouble finding a shade for you? We’ve rounded up their foolproof picks, ahead.

Before the pink monochromatic lipstick, blush, and eyeshadow, Yara Shadidi’s makeup artist Emily Cheng first applied a mixture of Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk and Koh Gen Do Moisture Foundation in shade Deep 301/302.

Celebrity makeup artist Nick Barose applied Lancôme Miracle Cushion Foundation in 555 Suede C as a base for Lupita Nyong’o’s Met Gala 2017 look.

Photo: Via @lupitanyongo.

Nyakim Gatwetch (one of our Power Faces!) also turns to Lancôme for foundation. She uses the brand’s Teint Miracle Radiant Foundation in Suede 560 C.

Photo: Via @queennyakinofficial.

To perfect her complexion, Khoudia Diop (who is a MUFE ambassador) uses Make Up For Ever’s Ultra HD Foundation in R540.

Photo: Via @melaniin.goddess.

Janelle Monáe, who is a Covergirl, relies on Vitalist Healthy Elixir Foundation in Soft Sable to emphasize her glow. “Representation is important,” she told us. “[We] aren’t all the same shade, so as many times as CoverGirl can highlight different shades and different kinds of women by making them feel like a part of the brand, [the more everyone] can embrace their uniqueness. It’ll help [young girls] really get more comfortable in their own skin, and help them walk taller than usual.”

Photo: Via @janellemonae.

Monáe’s fellow Covergirl, Issa Rae, also wore the same foundation (in the same shade!) for the 2017 Emmys. “The Vitalist Healthy Elixir Foundation was perfect for achieving that fresh and flawless skin we were going for,” Joanna Simkin, Rae’s makeup artist, said. “I loved that the coverage was buildable yet kept the skin hydrated at the same time.”

Photo: Via @joannasimkin.

Perks of being a part of the Fenty Beauty fam? Getting access to all of the goods. Duckie Thot wears Profiltr Foundation in shades 440 and 490.

Photo: Via @fentybeauty.

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