Dark skin is a category that has perhaps the broadest range of shades included within it. It can range from a light nutty, brown to
a near-black ebony shade. In the cases of dark skin types, common skin problems can take on a different appearance. Dry skin can
cause the skin to look ashen, while oily skin and breakouts look like darkened bumps, rather than redness.
Dealing with Skin Issues
When matching your foundation to your skin type, your goal is for the foundation to “disappear”
on the skin, leaving no obvious signs of application. The foundation should give an even result in the appearance of the skin,
blending and balancing any unevenness in the shades of the skin.
For individuals who have oily skin, who have wrinkles or large, obvious pores, then a matte
finish foundation is ideal. Look for foundations that offer a powdery finish, or a mineral powder cosmetic. The flat finish offered
by these products helps to minimize the appearance of fine lines and pores by softening the overall appearance of the face and features.
For those individuals who have dry skin, choose foundation with moisturizers which will help
the skin keep the healthy glow and youthful texture while combating the dryness.
Sometimes there are individuals whose skin tone is between the available shade of foundation.
If you are one of those people, do not hesitate to purchase the two closest shades (one on either side of your color) and blend
them to make the correct shade for you. It will cost you twice as much as a single package of foundation, but it will last you twice as long as well.
In the subset of foundation products are what are called concealers. These cosmetics are used
to completely cover up marks, scars and blemishes that are otherwise not obscured by the foundation cosmetic. Concealers come in
a range of shades – generally lighter than foundations - and are meant to be applied to the skin before foundation cosmetics. The
foundation is then able to cover the undesired element and give a more even coverage and appearance.