When we think of the summertime, many things come to mind. However, what’s often forgotten is a summer foundation. Powder foundations are great for the summer because they soak up any excess oil in oily, acne-prone skin and the sweat in sweat-prone skin. Powder foundations are also great for coverage, achieving a beautiful canvas and they usually always fit right in your purse for nights out or days to the beach. 

We’ve got a list of perfect summer powder foundations for women of color to get into this summer. Keep scrolling to find out which ones made the cut: 


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This foundation is a loose-powder, which is a cult favorite. The foundation is made with Amazonian clay, which is why it works so well to get rid of excess oil and, in the summertime’s case, excess sweat. The Amazonian Clay Airbrush Foundation also minimizes the appearances of pores to give you that Instagram ready, airbrush look. Tarte’s foundation comes in a variety of shades and retails for $36. 


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Physicians Formula is known for their affordability and their natural ingredients. This powder foundation is said to stay on for 16 hours with great coverage sans the heaviness or caked up look. It also has SPF 30, which is a big must for when you’re out in the sun. The foundation also features natural extracts and retails for $14.

BareMinerals barePRO Performance Wear Powder Foundation

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BareMinerals is highly recommended and very well loved amongst makeup artists and influencers alike. This powder foundation leaves your skin looking smooth and the coverage is buildable to suit your foundation needs. This foundation comes in 30 different shades and has an ingredient list that is to die for. The BareMinerals barePRO Performance Wear Powder Foundation retails for $30.

MAC Cosmetics Pro Longwear Pressed Powder

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This powder is a great wet-proof foundation that provides a velvety matte finish. The Pro Longwear Pressed Powder promises zero shine with sheer to medium coverage for up to 12 hours in any climate. Another plus is that MAC doesn’t test on animals! This winner retails for $29. 

IMAN Second To None Cream To Powder

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IMAN has always made great makeup for women of color and the Second to None Cream To Powder foundation doesn’t fall behind. This powder is said to give you a flawless look that still feels natural. It provides full coverage and glides on the skin like silk. This IMAN foundation retails for $16.

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