A quick rant before we get started:
If you do not know me yet, I would like to start this off by making one thing perfectly clear about me: I believe that one of the most important things in life is to learn empathy and love for other people; particularly those who are different from us, whether it’s what you believe in, how you look, or where you were raised. I do the best I can in all situations to put myself in other people’s shoes. Of course, I can never fully understand the struggles someone else may endure on a day-to-day basis, but I try very hard to empathize with others and have a heart (something many people these days seem to lack, if we’re being honest).
Now clearly from the title of this post, we’re going to be discussing makeup, which of course isn’t typically the first thing people mention when they think of “life problems.” It’s something that I think companies should address and really make more of an effort towards in terms of including EVERYONE. You want people to buy your products, don’t you?! I was looking online for a new foundation the other week and I couldn’t help but notice some of the options only having 5 shades. FIVE. Some of them only had 3! And they didn’t even make an effort to make a tan shade, let alone anything darker. That’s insane!
People with super fair skin can have just as much of an issue finding their color as people with very dark skin do, but we can’t deny that most companies seem to at least try to get really light with their colors, even if they don’t necessarily succeed. What is obvious though, is that there is not as much of an effort being taken in the other direction. One product could have 15 different shades, but only one is actually on the darker spectrum. This is the most ridiculous thing to me. I understand it may be more difficult to make those shades, but come on. It’s 2017—figure it out.
With that said, one thing I strive to do is support those brands that do make this happen. Below are 6 of my favorite foundations, all of which provide a broad and complete variety of shades available. Even women and men with lighter skin know that not every “light” shade will work for their skin tone, so I tried to include foundations that offered a wide range of options. I know they can be even better, but hopefully this is a good start! I will warn you, these are a bit on the pricy side (with the exception of number 6), but I have always found that spending a little more on foundation makes a world of difference. While a lot of my makeup is “drugstore,” all of my foundation comes from Sephora. If you would like me to research and test out more affordable foundations on this topic, let me know. 🙂
Makeup Forever Invisible Cover Foundation (40 shades)
Cover FX Pressed Mineral Foundation (40 Shades)