Frequently, us melanated makeup enthusiasts have a difficult time finding a foundation shade that makes sense. Such was my dilemma over the course of the last 6 months. Transitioning out of my winter shade into my more tanned Spring/Summer shade is a yearly struggle. What color am I this year? Will I get any darker? I have hundreds of dollars in foundation and none of them seem to match completely. So I consulted celebrity makeup artist James Milligan to hunt down the perfect foundation.

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I was having a hard time figuring out a good foundation for a variety of reasons:

  • My foundation seemed to look different on me from day to day or even from morning to evening. They would, often times, change color throughout the course of the day
  • I would start looking more orange as the day progressed.
  • My foundations would transfer something awful. I would regularly get foundation on my office documents. It was embarrassing.
  • I was having a hard time matching the shades.

James Milligan explained that most Brown skinned folks need more than one shade. He explained that the forehead and around the mouth is usually darker than the rest of the face. So he suggested that I try Milani’s 2 in 1 Conceal + Perfect. I selected two shades, Spiced Almond for  my cheeks and nose and Chestnut for my forehead and around my mouth.

Milani’s 2 in 1 Conceal + Perfect acts as both foundation and concealer, so it can be used as your liquid foundation or simply to hide imperfections and blemishes. It is lightweight and applies and blends efficiently, providing a picture perfect finish that effectively evens out skin tone for a radiant complexion. The pump that distributes the product allows you to choose to dispense a little or a lot — no wasting product. And at $9.99 per bottle, buying two shades is still a steal.

The two shades I chose match perfectly, and with James’ instruction, I now achieve perfect application daily and almost effortlessly. This foundation manages to maintain the same perfect look I achieved in the morning all throughout the day — the color does not evolve or degrade to a salmony color. It’s nice not to look like an Oompa Loompa by day’s end! And I have virtually no transfer, so my makeup doesn’t end up all over everything. In short, Milani’s 2 in 1 Conceal + Perfect is my new foundation brand, and I’m tossing all my other expensive ones in the trash! And with 14 different shades, you can find your perfect combination for your beautiful melanated skin too!


About The Author Melanie Annette

Executive Editor - Curl Riot Instagram: @MelanieAnnette_

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