Admit it: There have definitely been moments when hyperpigmentation has waged a lengthy war and won against your favorite concealers and foundations that promise medium-to-full coverage but fail to deliver. When this happens, the blame shouldn’t be placed on the health of your skin (hyperpigmentation is a natural occurrence, especially among those with naturally tan and deep skin tones), but it can be disheartening to work with. As a dark-skinned woman who, over time, has developed dark spots around the nose, mouth, and eyes from sun exposure and other natural environmental aggressors, I’ve had more than enough experiences with foundations that don’t pull off the vanishing act on my pesky problem areas.
There have, however, been a few that have completely beaten the odds, giving me and others in a similar boat the even, healthy-looking complexion we desire. Below is your ultimate Who What Wear guide to the best medium-to-full coverage foundations on the market, according to thousands of reviews, makeup-artist endorsements, and photographic proof on all skin tones. From drugstore brands to luxury buys, these are the foundations that will prove all naysayers wrong, supplemented by tips and tricks from celebrity makeup artists that will make them worth the investment. Keep scrolling!