Le Struggle: Four Seasons, Three Skin Tones, Two Foundations & Two Tinted Moisturizers

Like many women, my skin tone changes colors depending on the season. During the summer months, usually starting in May, my skin tone starts to get darker. It’s chocolate, yet bronzy with a banging glow! I love it! When October rolls around, my complexion gradually gets lighter. By Christmas, my tan is completely gone. As a result, I have to use two different foundations/tinted moisturizer. Perhaps it should be three different foundations/tinted moisturizers, but I never liked math – so let’s just stick with the number two. It’s hard af to find tinted moisturizer for my skin tone in the summer. This is when the struggle gets real. No brand makes a dark enough color that’s a perfect match, and I am not playing chemist anymore (ahem, Laura Mercier). No time for it. My only option in the summer is foundation, and the selections are extremely limited in color and coverage. Most of the time, I roaming around with a fresh face because I can’t be bothered.

Since June, I’ve been using Clinique Even Better foundation in Pecan. It’s described as a “golden/red shade for deep skin tones with golden undertones.” The color is a perfect match to my warm and red undertones! Whenever summertime hits, my undertones go from warm/golden to red, and Pecan is the perfect color. My only issue with Even Better is that the formula is a bit heavy and more suitable for those looking for moderate-to-full coverage. I prefer light, sheer coverage as I don’t need to cover any scars/blemishes, and I’m not concerned about my little hyperpigmentation issues. The color is perfect, so I’m just managing. Thankfully, I never committed to buying a full size bottle, so I’ve been using a sample. Plus, I only wear makeup on the weekends when I go out, so I don’t wear it everyday. My sample is almost done, but summer is basically over. I’m hoping that by next summer, more brands will have more lightweight foundation options for black women. Still, I think Even Better is a great formula for women looking for medium-to-full coverage. They color range is decent, it’s long-wearing and it even includes broad spectrum SPF 15.


On the cooler side, I’m really looking forward to fall because I get to start using my Nars Tinted Moisturizers again. I use both the Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer and Velvet Matte Skin Tint in Polynesia. It’s described as “dark with warm, chocolate undertones.” I’m out of my Pure Radiant, so I need to buy more. I was introduced to the Velvet Matte sometime in May, but once I started tanning, I had to stop using both of them because they no longer matched my skin tone. They’re both lightweight and Polynesia is the perfect color for my complexion in the cooler months. The only difference between the two products is that one has a bit of a luminous finish with lightweight coverage, and the other has a soft, matte finish with medium, buildable coverage. They’re both oil free products with broad spectrum SPF 30. Even though I have oily skin, my favorite of the two is Pure Radiant because it’s lighter and leaves a more natural-looking finish.



My Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Ultra Definition foundation came through this past May, and I fell in love with it. Too bad I could only use it for about a month. As soon as June hit, it was a rap. It doesn’t help that I use 12.0, the last color in the line. It’s described as a “dark shade with deep, golden undertones.” It has a luminous, demi-matte finish – but it’s not shiny. SO GOOD. It doesn’t feel like I have anything on, it doesn’t break me out and the color is too perfect. I think I may have found my holy-grail foundation for the late fall/winter/spring months. FYI, the coverage is buildable, too.


An honorable mention is Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation. I use 11.5 which is described as “deep skin with red undertone.” Once again, I used this for a hot second because I bought it in the beginning of May 2015, and then my skin tone started to change. I only used it for a weekend while on vacation. SMH. Honestly, I forgot all about it once the weather cooled down because I started using my Nars tinted moisturizer again. I’ll have to revisit the Luminous Silk this year once my complexion starts changing. What’s interesting is that even though this formula has red undertones, it doesn’t work for me in the summertime. It’s weirdly too light, and I look ashy. This is why I hate trying on foundation in stores. That artificial light never tells the truth. All lies. It’s still a bomb foundation, though lol. I’m going to give this another shot when it gets cooler. This may not be a viable option in the winter, but I’ll see. Anyway, it’s oil-free and lightweight with a silky, airbrushed finish. I remember that much. I know a lot of makeup artists use this foundation for editorial shoots on models because it’s that bomb.


If you know of lightweight foundations or tinted moisturizers with a plethora of color options for black women, please advise!

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