The Indian Side of Color
The guide to finding the perfect foundation.
Let’s face it: women of color don’t always have an easy time in the makeup department. As long as I can remember, I’ve worn two shades of makeup because I’ve had to blend them to find the right tint. It doesn’t matter what brand it is -I have Indian skin. I change color throughout the seasons like a chameleon.
I get mocha dark in the summer and as fair as an olive during the winter (that’s really about as fair as I get), so I constantly need to juggle my makeup like a Cirque de Soleil performer. I’ve never had an easy time finding concealers, liquid foundation or mineral makeup that perfectly complemented my Indian skin tone.
The trick to finding the correct shade is patience. For years I took home samples of foundations and tried them on, only to admit sagging defeat. But I never gave up. Then, when one of my most favorite custom blend companies -Prescriptives- went bust, I was forced to be creative and open minded in trying other cosmetics. So, having forged through countless foundations and concealers, here’s what I found that really worked.
True concealer from Alison Raffaele Cosmetics ($23, allisonrafaele.com). Her true concealer is a lightweight yet high coverage weapon that comes in so many shades. The shade called Honey is a great match for Indian skin tones. Paraben free and fortified with antioxidants as well as resveratrol, this is a concealer that did its job the moment I used it, and I did not have to blend it with other shades.
Iman Cosmetics’ Luxury radiance liquid makeup enriched with minerals and brush set ($15, drugstore.com). This liquid makeup has truly been the life saver for my skin. Available in three shades (clay, earth and sand), the Clay option suits my skin tone to a T. When I initially used the makeup, I was a bit shocked because the tint appeared a little muddy (it has yellow undertones). But once you apply it, you’ll realize that this makeup does more than your average brand for color cosmetics. If you’ve had a really rough time in finding the right makeup for your skin tone, I have a sneaky feeling that Iman’s latest liquid creation is going to address all your needs.