InStyle Staff
Feb 20, 2018 @ 9:00 am

When Rihanna launched Fenty Beauty and its 40 shade foundation range last year, it was the inclusive collection the world had been calling for. 

Now, more and more brands are listening, finally increasing the range of foundation shades they offer so that there are options that cater to skin tones that weren't always represented in the makeup aisles. Yet it can still be tough for dark and deep-toned women to find a shade that's their perfect match.

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InStyle beauty editor-at-large Kahlana Barfield Brown has experienced the struggle firsthand throughout her years in the industry. That's why, along with celebrity makeup artist Joanna Simkin, she's putting three foundations to the test.

Along with Fenty's Pro Filt'r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation ($34; and Match Stix Matte Skinstick ($25;, Barfield Brown and Simkin try out Huda Beauty's #FauxFilter Foundation ($40; and Kat Von D's Lock-It Foundation ($35; These two brands that have also always been inclusive with their makeup shades.

Watch the video above to find out which foundation is best for the coverage level you're after. Plus, get Simkin's tips on how to pick the right foundation shade for dark skin tones.


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