Finding products that suit your skin tone is often difficult and many of us have spent ages trying to select the best fit.
However, the appalling lack of diversity in some ranges mean for those with naturally darker skin tones, finding a foundation that matches is particularly difficult. It’s also incredibly difficult for those with very pale colouring to find a foundation that doesn’t look too dark, or for those with Asian skin to find foundations to suit their skin tone. One size does not fit all, or in this case, foundation. With so many beautiful shades of skin out there it’s frustrating when a makeup brand only has 12 foundation shade.
These twelve makeup brands have come up with diverse shade ranges to help you find your best match, no matter your skin tone…
Fenty Beauty by Rihanna
What better way to start this list than with a brand that made headlines for their extensive shade range in 2017. The 50 fantastic shades sold by Fenty Beauty are thanks to founder Rihanna who according to the website “personally found people with hard-to-match skin tones and flew them in to create shades for their skin!”. The extensive range of shades also encouraged other brands to diversify their own ranges. When it comes to makeup with diverse shade ranges Fenty Beauty is leading the pack!
Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra Wear Foundation
For a buildable coverage that won’t feel heavy and thick on your skin, this Lancôme option is perfect. It is available in 45 diverse shades to ensure you can find one to match your skin tone and with an SPF of 15 it also protects your skin.
Tarte Face Tape Foundation
In 2018 Shape Tape foundation was launched, but it only included 25 shades. In response to the criticism they removed it from shelves and replaced it with Face Tape. This newer range is available in 50 shades and includes five undertones. This collection is perfect if you are looking for something long lasting as it is waterproof, sweat proof and transfer proof.
Shop Tarte here.
Anastasia Beverly Hills Luminous Foundation
Anastasia Beverly Hills Luminous Foundation is available in 50 long wearing shades. These tones are divided up into five shade categories; Fair, Light, Medium, Tan, and Deep. They are also divided into three undertones; Cool, Warm, and Neutral. The lightweight foundation creates a beautifully radiant glow and is suitable for sensitive skin.
MAC Cosmetics Studio Fix Foundation
MAC foundations are well worth the cost and their Studio Fix option comes in a fantastic 42 shades for you to choose from. This is another option that includes an SPF to protect your skin. It is also long wearing to ensure up to 24 hours of matte coverage.
Nars Sheer Glow Foundation
This Nars foundation has a global range of 40 shades to offer something that matches every skin tone. Not only does this liquid foundation hydrate and soothe but it is paraben, alcohol, fragrance and oil free for healthy, radiant skin.
Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless Foundation
The Maybelline Fit Me Matte and Poreless Foundation offers an amazing range of 40 shades at an affordable and accessible price. This mattifying foundation gives many higher end brands a run for their money. The ultralightweight formula is oil free, guaranteeing a natural sheer finish.
Morphe Fluidity Full Coverage Foundation
Foundation does not get much more inclusive than this extensive Morphe range with a phenomenal 60 shades to choose from! The range is divided into five levels with twelve shades in each. Formulated for the benefit of all skin types and tones, this foundation offers 24 hour sweat-proof wear at a cost that won’t empty your purse!
Shop Morphe here.
Smashbox Studio Skin 24 Hour Wear Hydra Foundation
With 40 fantastic shades to choose from, the Smashbox natural matte foundation is a definite winner. Formulated with Hyaluronic Acid to ensure up to 24 hours of flawless hydrating coverage this foundation is also vegan and cruelty free.
Bare Minerals Foundations
The Bare Minerals foundations are available in 30 unique shades. With powder, liquid, and matte options on offer there is something to suit everyone. Another notable mention for Bare Minerals is their Gen Nude collection of lipsticks which is made up of 60 shades of nude and four finishes.
Dior Backstage Face and Body Foundation
The 40 shades available in the Dior backstage range are amazing options that provide a naturally glowing complexion. The wide range of shades is made up of sixteen intensities and six undertones for increased inclusivity.
Colourpop No Filter Matte Foundation
The 42 shades of foundation offered by Colourpop are fantastically complemented by their 30 shades of concealer for flawless coverage. The range of ColourPop foundations are formulated to absorb excess oil and provide a naturally matte finish. As an added bonus they also have an affordable price tag!
Shop ColourPop here.
Are there any other makeup brands who have diverse shade ranges?