Among the plethora of beauty products available, it’s still a challenge to find options that work well for Black skin. Whether it’s a “color changing” foundation or a sunscreen that leaves you looking a little ghostly, people with darker skin have to dive deep to find what works for them. 

To make your journey through the beauty space easier, 21Ninety has taken TODAY’s list of beauty awarded products and selected the five that work best for Black skin. Browse these tools, makeup and skin care items to add to your routine.

Best Foundation

It’s no surprise that Fenty Beauty’s Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Liquid Foundation has made this list. This foundation provides medium-to-full lightweight coverage, and claims to be sweat and humidity resistant. It’s a great option for those approaching summer days. The shade range is what makes this foundation especially great for Black shoppers. This Fenty Beauty foundation is available in over 50 shades. Click through the colors to find the one that matches you.

Best Exfoliant

The Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting 2 percent BHA Liquid Exfoliant is a great pick for Black skin. Those with combination and oily skin have flocked to this leave-on exfoliant since its debut. Made with salicylic acid and green tea, this skin perfecting product removes dead skin while delivering a soothing antioxidant to the fresher skin underneath. This product is fragrance free. If you have sensitive acne-prone skin, definitely give this a try.

Best Setting Spray

If you’re already a fan of Milk Makeup’s Hydro Grip Primer, then you have to try TODAY’s beauty award-winning Milk Makeup Hydro Grip Set and Refresh Mini Spray. The setting spray version of the popular primer still offers some serious grip to serve as the final touch to any makeup routine. It promises to set your look for up to 12 hours. You can spritz on this hydrating mist as the final step to your skincare routine before heading out the door. Formulated with hyaluronic acid, niacinamide and aloe it will take care of your skin while holding everything in place.

Best Serum

The L’Oreal Paris Revitalift 12 percent Pure Vitamin C Serum is on this list for anyone who’s looking to even out their complexion or treat their hyperpigmentation. According to the American Academy of Dermatology Association, several factors can trigger extra melanin in people with darker skin tones. The association recommends using a product that contains vitamin C to treat the issue. If dark spots have been your longtime nemesis, this serum may help. Consult your medical provider ahead of incorporating new products into your routine.

Best Beauty Tool

Mount Lai’s Gua Sha Facial Lifting Tool is here to help move that stagnant energy hiding in the pockets of your face. Doing so enhances your skin’s elasticity and relieves tension. As a true beauty staple, Gua Shas have been used in traditional Chinese medicine for centuries.

You can sweep the larger curve across large areas of the face. Use the smaller curve to access the crevices where tension tends to hide like your jaw. If the instructions provided with the tool just aren’t good enough, search Gua Sha tutorials online. You’ll find plenty of how-to videos.

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