These are the beauty brands that offer the best range of foundation shades. This guide will help you find the perfect match.
No matter where your skin tone falls on the color spectrum, you probably have a hard time finding your perfect foundation shade. There are thousands of different skin colors, all with varying undertones. Two similar skin tones can require two completely different foundation colors due to subtle differences. Since personally-blended foundations aren’t available at your local drugstore, we have to make do with the colors beauty brands currently offer. That doesn’t mean we have to settle for a less-than-perfect shade. These beauty brands offer a wide range of foundation colors, so make sure to check them out, next time you’re looking for some new face makeup:
Clinique almost has as many different products as they do foundation colors. Two types you need to check out are the Even Better Makeup SPF 15 which comes in 30 shades and the Superbalanced Makeup has 22 shades. If you’re overwhelmed, they also have a Foundation Finder on the website, to help you narrow down which product is best for your skin type and the coverage you want.
L’Oréal has their True Match makeup range of which offers 33 “true-to-you” shades. The makeup uses special technology to match your skin tone. Shades are divided into warm, cool, and neutral subgroups, so finding your formula is that much easier. Bonus: The line also has powders, concealers, and blush so you don’t have to worry about your powder changing the shade of your foundation.
3. Bobbi Brown
If you prefer a solid foundation as opposed to a liquid, Bobbi Brown‘s Skin Foundation Stick comes in 24 shades. That is more colors than other brands’ liquid formulas. Their liquid counterparts still come in a decent mix of shades. The Skin Foundation SPF 15 is available in 20 colors.
4. Cover FX
Cover FX are known for their great skincare products, so it’s no surprise that they have a great variety of foundation shades. The Natural Finish Oil Free Foundation comes in 24 different shades and there’s a great mix of golden, pink, and neutral bases. It’s also water-based and offers buildable coverage.
If you’re looking for a budget-friendly foundation, Maybelline’s Fit Me Foundation comes in 18 colors. Certain shades are developed specifically for women of color and use 5-D Pigment Technology to accurately blend with skin’s natural highlights and tones.
If you don’t have time to try different brands, go to Lancôme. The Teint Miracle and Teint Idole Ultra 24H both come in 28 different shades and the Rénergie Lift Makeup SPF 20 comes in 24 colors. It doesn’t matter if you can’t remember the names, just remember that they have the variety.
MAC seems to invent new colors of eyeshadows, so it’s no surprise that they offer a huge variety of foundation shades. The Studio Fix Fluid SPF 15 foundation comes in a whopping 35 hues. Plus, they have over 10 other kinds of foundations.
8. Make Up For Ever
Fun fact: Make Up For Ever has eyeshadow available in 209 different colors. While their foundation doesn’t come in that many shades, they still have an impressive range. The HD Invisible Cover Foundation is available in 25 colors.
9. Estée Lauder
It will be hard not to find your perfect shade at the Estée Lauder counter. The Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup comes in a staggering 30 shades and the Double Wear powder even comes in 12 colors.
If you haven’t tried a mineral foundation because you think they come in four shades, it’s time you check out the bareMinerals range. The cult-favorite Original Foundation SPF 15 comes in 20 shades. If you prefer a portable compact, the Ready SPF 20 Foundation also comes in the same number of colors.
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