Beyoncé’s Makeup Artist Reveals How To Nail Foundation-Matching For Darker Skin Tones


As a woman of color, especially flaunting a darker complexion, finding the right foundation is a never-ending headache. It’s no secret that the shade options from cosmetic lines today are very limited.

However, celebrity makeup artist Sir John has been mastering the art of foundation-matching for decades.  The guru behind the flawless faces of Beyoncé, Gabrielle Union, and Joan Smalls recently shared with InStyle his secret to foundation-matching for his clients of darker complexions.

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“The first step is to know your undertones. Do you have a peach, orange, or olive undertone? They’re all completely different dynamics,” Sir John told InStyle. John’s go-to technique for color-matching foundation for women with dark skin tones is to actually start by applying foundation around their hairline.

“The sun naturally makes the skin warmer and deeper around the hairline. If you have a good match around your hairline and it blends seamlessly into that area, it’s going to give you a really smooth veil of color for your complexion everywhere else.”

And for a flawless foundation application, the makeup artist loves to use the Artis Oval 7 Brush to give his clients hi-definition skin.