Usually, the darkest color available in a regular foundation is nowhere near a brown girl’s actual shade—and sometimes the undertones are way too orange, red, or just plain ashy.
That’s why I’m obsessed with self-adjusting makeup. These products are truly universal and meant to be used by women of all colors, because they instantly adapt to your complexion on contact. Some are one-shade-fits-all, while others come in a few hues.
Granted, not every self-adjusting product will work for everyone. But if you’re in the range of cinnamon to dark chocolate-colored skin, rejoice: These products are for you.
Josie Maran Argan Matchmaker Serum Foundation
This self-adjusting liquid foundation (available in three shades) goes on white, but as you blend, it slowly fades into your skin like magic. Bonus: This foundation is infused with Argan oil, a super-moisturizing ingredient. If you’ve got oily skin, try Josie Maran’s powder version of this foundation. It works just like the liquid one does, but it keeps shine at bay, too. You can also layer the powder over the serum foundation for fuller coverage.
Juice Beauty Stem Celluar Repair CC Cream
This multitasker acts as a primer, literally smoothing out any imperfections. (It also reduces the look of wrinkles, evens out skin tone, and provides chemical-free sun protection. Score.) Oh yeah, and the fruity scent is divine. It comes in five shades that seamlessly adapt to your specific skin tone as you rub it in (Deep Glow is the darkest).
Urban Decay Illuminated Shimmering Powder
You can use this universal bronzer, made from microfine powder, on your face and bod without worrying about looking like an Oompa Loompa. (Bonus: It’s vegan!) The compact case with a mirror and blending brush make this the perfect travel companion.
IT Cosmetics Brow Power Universal Eyebrow Pencil
We all know fuller brows are the hot ticket right now. The key: Beefing them up without looking like you went to town with a Crayola. Enter this waterproof wonder: The taupe shade looks natural on brow colors from blonde to black. Use a little bit of pressure for lighter brown shades and more for darker ones.