Natural-Looking Liquid Foundation For Darker Skin

Though a bit shiny, NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Liquid Foundation earns points for its shade range and effortless application.
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Though a bit shiny, NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Liquid Foundation earns points for its shade range and effortless application.

Liquid foundation is swiftly becoming my go-to for nights when I'd like to have a full face. Applying it is much easier once you master a few easy-to-remember concepts, the most of important of which is to use the correct amount of product. And the result, I've found, tends to look a lot more seamless than pressed powder or stick foundation.  

Sorry, Bobbi Brown foundation sticks--I never thought I'd see the day when I'd turn on you like this, but it's evidently come to pass.

nars luminous weightless foundation

Forgive my nails xoVain, for they have sinned.

The NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation really drove this home for me. Its formula was a little thinner than Lancôme's thicker, creamy Teint Idole, but it was easier to use a reasonable amount of it the first time as a result.

applying foundation to face

Starting with the Benares shade. 

I started by applying a small, adult-size portion of the foundation in Benares to my whole face with my round-tipped flat brush, avoiding going down my usual well-trod path of dumping the bottle over my head and hoping for the best. 

Benares is one of NARS's deeper foundations (the shade Trinidad has a similar depth). It has a slightly rosier undertone than what I usually wear, but it worked really well, even on my more olive than typical winter complexion.

Applying the same foundation all over your face will naturally flatten it out, so I used Khartoum, their darkest shade, to contour my cheekbones and the sides of my nose, using a narrower round-tipped flat brush for detail.

foundation swatches on hand

The NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation in Khartoum (right) and Benares (left).

contouring cheekbones

Contouring with Khartoum.

Here's a before and after for comparison!

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Before.

nars luminous weightless foundation after

Can't lie: I prefer my freckles.

The NARS foundation does have a tendency to look a bit shiny under intense lighting--something that I hadn't noticed as readily with Lancôme's Teint Idole. Their line also doesn't go as dark--Khartoum is only a step deeper than Lancôme's Suede 550 C. 

The shade aspect didn't make an enormous difference to me, as both shades are much deeper than I am (at least in the winter), but it's worth keeping in mind for my most Nubian of Black African dark chocolate sisters.

nars weight foundation swatches

Lancôme Suede 550 C (left), and NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation in Khartoum (right).

That having been said, for those times when I want to put on an effortless face for a night on the town, NARS foundation definitely does the trick, and in shades that actually look natural for me.

  • Do you pour half of your bottle of liquid foundation on your face before you apply, xoVain? How does that work for you?
  • Are there any favorite brands of yours that offer "browndations" that run deep? Let me know in the comments!