It can be really tricky to find your shade when it comes to foundation, especially for medium skin tones or if you have yellow or red undertones. The wrong shade could have you looking darker, ghostly, or worse, orange…

Fortunately, these make-up brands have created collections with a wide range of shades.

Say good-bye to the days of mixing foundations or wearing the wrong colour

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L.A Girl – 16 shades

Although this foundation from L.A Girl only has 16 shades, it delivers a wide shade range for people with darker skin tones. The PRO Coverage High-Definition Longwear Illuminating Liquid Foundation is also available, extending the colour range even further. L.A. Girl also has an innovative white foundation mixer so you can adjust and customise colour.

Find it for R175 at Dischem.

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3INA – 24 shades

3INA’s 3-In-1 foundation not only has 24 shades but decreases the time it takes to do your make-up because it’s a primer, concealer and foundation all-in-one. This retails for R299.95

Bobbi Brown – 30 shades

This brand offers a unique service in helping you find your perfect foundation match. Customers choose their shade range and Bobbi Brown sends you a shade finder booklet that includes six samples for testing. The Skin Long-Wear Weightless Foundation retails for R630.




Huda Beauty – 30 shades

Blogging guru Huda Kattan unveiled her first-ever 30 shade range #FauxFilter Foundation because she always had trouble finding the right foundation shade and understands many women go through the same thing. This retails for a pricey R980.

L’Oreal – 33 shades

True Match Super Blendable Makeup gives you 33 options to choose from to precisely match your skin’s tone and undertone. It retails for only R200 at Clicks


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Estee Lauder – 36 shades

The Double Wear Stay in Place foundation has amazing staying power and 36 beautiful shades.  It really does stay put all day and retails for R585.

Fenty Beauty – 40 shades

This is by far the most talked about foundation with its wide range of 40 shades. Singer Rihanna made sure not to leave any ladies out with her Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation. It retails for R800 from The Makeup Shack.



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Maybelline – 40 shades

Maybelline’s Fit Me Matte + Poreless Foundation is a favourite amongst local bloggers and vloggers alike. It’s tough to find a budget friendly foundation with a huge colour range, that’s why it’s so great that this foundation not only carries 40 saturated shades for you to choose from but only retails for R100



Cover | FX – 40 shades

Although Cover FX’s Natural Finish Foundation is oil-free, it retails for R950, making it a definite splurge purchase.

MAC – 46 shades

MAC offers their medium coverage Studio Fix foundation in an impressive 46 shades! Its matte finish and medium coverage means it builds and blends easily.

MAC has always been about celebrating individuality and inclusivity and their foundation is no different. With a whopping 46 shades, it’s the foundation with the most shades on the market. It retails for R460.