Exact Foundation Shades of Black Celebrity Women

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For black girls who are still searching for their exact foundation shades…and celebrity skin twins. Special thanks to Nesh of Western & Rose and Lisa Brown-Hall of The Ghetto Fashionista for their input!


Melaniin Goddess Khoudia Diop wears Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Foundation in R540Melaniin Goddess Khoudia Diop for Make Up For Ever. She wears Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Foundation in R540.

A few years ago, InStyle wrote an article detailing 50 exact foundation formulas worn by leading celebrities. Of course, the roundup was overwhelmingly white with a few black women thrown in the mix. I thought:

Wouldn’t it be great if there was a hit list like this roundup for black women?

The idea sounded promising, even revolutionary, in theory.

However, actually hunting down the profiles of makeup artists, scrolling through the captions, the comments and locating the correct, full names of the products they used on our melanin-rich muses? I had my work cut out for me! But I was game!

I also had to find decent pictures of black women wearing their foundation shade if there were no headshots available. As a fellow black woman, I know how difficult it can be to find our perfect match(es).  Hopefully, this post will point those who need help in the right direction.

Alternatively, for those of you that have found your exact foundation shades across the board, may you be entertained. Perhaps you’ll even be inspired to try a new foundation formula or brand. I’ll be updating this post throughout the year with new foundation matches and new faces. Additionally, setting powders, contours, and highlights will also be identified, when possible.

Exact Foundation Shades for Black Women For $20 & Under

CHIMAMANDA NGOZI ADICHIE

No. 7 Lift & Luminate Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 15 in Chestnut, $15.99; walgreens.com

Jerrika Hinton wears Iman Cosmetics Second to None Stick Foundation in Earth 5 (all over); Second to None Stick Foundation in Earth 7 (contour); Iman Cosmetics Cover Cream in Medium Deep; and Iman Cosmetics Sheer Finish Bronzing Powder in Clay

JERRIKA HINTON

Iman Cosmetics Second to None Stick Foundation in Earth 5 (all over), $15.99; target.com. Iman Cosmetics Second to None Stick Foundation in Earth 7 (as contour), $15.99; target.com. Iman Cosmetics Second to None Cover Cream in Medium Deep (concealer), $13.99; walgreens.com. Iman Cosmetics Sheer Finish Bronzing Powder in Clay, $15.99; target.com.

Exact Foundation Shades for Black Women For $30 & Under

NATURI NAUGHTON

Anastasia Beverly Hills Stick Foundation in Ebony, $25; anastasiabeverlyhills.com. Black Opal Beauty True Color Foundation Stick in Nutmeg (for highlight), $9.95; blackopalbeauty.com. Iman Cosmetics Luxury Pressed Powder in Earth Medium, $15.99; target.com.

Teyana Taylor wears MAC Studio Fix Fluid SPF 15 Foundation in NC45 at the 2016 Soul Train Awards

TEYANA TAYLOR

MAC Studio Fix Fluid SPF 15 Foundation in NC45, $28; nordstrom.com & maccosmetics.com

GABRIELLE UNION

Fiona Stiles Beauty Luminous Finish Foundation Concentrate in 09 Tawny, $30; ulta.com

Exact Foundation Shades for Black Women For $40 & Under

Duckie Thot wears MAC Studio Tech Foundation in NW58

DUCKIE THOT

MAC Studio Tech Foundation in NW58, $34; nordstrom.com

 LORAC Sheer POREfection Foundation on BlaqVixenBeauty.com

GUGU MBATHA-RAW

LORAC Sheer POREfection Foundation in PS6 Medium Tan, $35; hsn.com & ulta.com

ANIKA NONI ROSE

Bobbi Brown Moisture Rich Foundation SPF 15 in Almond 7, $35; bobbibrowncosmetics.com & bloomingdales.com

ZURI HALL

AJ Crimson Dual Skin Creme Foundation in #4.5, $35; ajcrimsonbeauty.com

ISSA RAE

AJ Crimson Dual Skin Creme Foundation in #5, $35; ajcrimsonbeauty.com

VIOLA DAVIS

Cargo Liquid Foundation in F-100, $36; cargocosmetics.com. Cargo HD Picture Perfect Pressed Powder in #40, $32; ulta.com.

GABRIELLE UNION

PÜR 4-in-1 Liquid Foundation 14-Hour Wear Broad Spectrum SPF 15 in Deeper, $36; purcosmetics.com

Sanaa Lathan wears PUR Cosmetics 14-Hour Wear Broad Spectrum SPF 15 4-in-1 Liquid Foundation in Golden Dark and Kevyn Aucoin The Matte Lip Color For Keeps Medium Peach

SANAA LATHAN

PÜR Cosmetics 14-Hour Wear Broad Spectrum SPF 15 4-in-1 Liquid Foundation in Golden Dark, $36; purcosmetics.com

Exact Foundation Shades: Justine Skye wears Jay Manuel Beauty Skin Perfector Foundation in Deep #2

JUSTINE SKYE

Jay Manuel Beauty Skin Perfector Foundation in Deep #2, $38; jaymanuelbeauty.com & hsn.com

Jay Manuel Beauty Skin Perfector Foundation in Deep #3, $38; jaymanuelbeauty.com & hsn.com

PUR Cosmetics 4-in-1 Liquid Veil Spray Foundation in Tan

CHANEL IMAN

PUR Cosmetics 4-in-1 Liquid Veil Spray Foundation in Tan, $39; kohls.com

Taraji P. Henson wears Ashunta Sheriff Beauty Perfect Blend Dual Stick Foundation in Tan at the 2017 MTV Movie Awards

TARAJI P. HENSON

Ashunta Sheriff Beauty Perfect Blend Dual Stick Foundation in Tan, $40; ashuntasheriffbeauty.com

Exact Foundation Shades for Black Women For $50 & Under

RYAN DESTINY

Cover FX Total Cover Cream Foundation in G90 (N100 as contour), $42; sephora.com & coverfx.com

TWEET

Cover FX Total Cover Cream Foundation in G110, $42; sephora.com & coverfx.com

FANTASIA BARRINO

MAKE UP FOR EVER Ultra HD Invisible Cover Stick Foundation in Amber, $43; sephora.com & makeupforever.com

Beyonce wears Charlotte Tilbury Light Foundation Wonder in Shades 8 & 9 at the RocNation Pre-Grammy Party

BEYONCÉ

Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder Youth-Boosting Foundation in Medium 8 (all over), $45; nordstrom.com; Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder Youth-Boosting Foundation in Dark 9 (contour), $45; bloomingdales.com.

Damaris Lewis wears Temptu Airpod Foundation in 16 Hazelnut

DAMARIS LEWIS

TEMPTU ‘Airpod™’ Foundation in 16 Hazelnut, $45; nordstrom.com

SERAYAH MCNEILL

NARS Sheer Glow Foundation in Tahoe, $47; sephora.com & narscosmetics.com

JUSTINE SKYE

Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer in SX 15, $48; sephora.com & nordstrom.com

NORMANI KORDEI

Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Flawless Fluide Foundation in Pecan, $48; sephora.com & nordstrom.com

Jurnee Bell wears Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer in SX07

JURNEE SMOLLETT BELL

Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer in SX 07, $48; net-a-porter.comneimanmarcus.com

Kerry Washington wears Marc Jacobs Beauty Genius Gel Super–Charged Oil–Free Foundation in Cocoa Light

KERRY WASHINGTON

Marc Jacobs Beauty Genius Gel Super–Charged Oil–Free Foundation in Cocoa Light, $48; sephora.com

Exact Foundation Shades: Simone Missick wears Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation SPF 15 in Golden #6

SIMONE MISSICK

Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation SPF 15 in Golden #6, $50; neimanmarcus.com & nordstrom.com

Exact Foundation Shades for Black Women For $60 & Under

DUCKIE THOT

Kevyn Aucoin The Etherealist Skin Illuminating Foundation in #SX 6, $58; sephora.com & nordstrom.com

Exact Foundation Shades for Black Women For $70 & Under

GABRIELLE UNION

Koh Gen Do Maifanshi Moisture Foundation in #302, $62; kohgendocosmetics.com

FANTASIA BARRINO

Koh Gen Do Maifanshi Moisture Foundation in #302, $62; kohgendocosmetics.com

REGINA KING

Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation in #10, $64; sephora.com & nordstrom.com

NORMANI KORDEI

Giorgio Armani Power Fabric Longwear High Cover Foundation SPF 25 in 11, $64; sephora.com & nordstrom.com

Jasmine Tookes wears Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation in 11.5

JASMINE TOOKES

Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation in #11.5, $64; sephora.com & nordstrom.com

JASMINE TOOKES

Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation in #12, $64; sephora.com & nordstrom.com

Exact Foundation Shades for Black Women For $110 & Under

Gugu Mbatha-Raw wears La Mer Soft Fluid Long Wear Foundation SPF 20 in Tan

GUGU MBATHA-RAW

La Mer Soft Fluid Long Wear Foundation SPF 20 in Tan, $110; barneysnewyork.com