I've even tried brands specifically for women of color, such as Black Opal and Black Radiance, and I was still unable to find the right foundation for me. But this time, while there were darker colors, they had red undertones, which would often exacerbate the red in my own skin.
Eventually, I decided to try the high end brands hoping that they would have a more diverse range of colors. So one day after work, I went to Sephora hoping to finally find a foundation for me.
This was my first time in Sephora, so I definitely walked around awhile trying to gather my bearings. I was hoping that a Sephora MUA would help me, but unfortunately they were too busy. So I walked around the store trying on swatches. Most weren't able to fit my criteria for whatever reason - too cakey, too light, too dark, too red, too yellow.
I was about to leave feeling defeated when I saw Tarte Cosmetics. I have the Amazonian Clay Waterpoof 12-Hour Concealer in Rich Honey, and I really like it. It's perfect for hiding my under eye circles, as well as using as a very subtle highlight. So I figured I would swatch the Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Full Coverage Foundation. I first tried deep honey, which was slightly too light. Then I tried rich honey...and what do you know! It was the perfect match. Just too be sure, I walked around the store for another 30 minutes to see if the foundation would oxidize and change the color a little bit. And to my luck, no oxidation.
What makes this foundation so great is that it has peach undertones as opposed to just red or yellow. While I do have red undertones, red undertones in foundation often make me too red, while yellow makes me look ashy. So a peach undertone, a combination of both red and yellow, is perfect.
Needless to say, I am very happy this search has come to a close. Looking for a foundation can be pretty stressful. And shout out to Tarte for having the perfect foundation for me!
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