Finally, A Makeup Line Created Specially For Medium Skin Tones

Photo: Courtesy Of Sephora.
I've always had trouble finding the storied "perfect foundation match" for my pale, yellow-toned skin. A handful have come close, but most formulas veer too dark, too light, too pink, or too olive. Sometimes, I wonder if it even exists.
Monika Deol knows the struggle. Deol worked at MuchMusic, MTV's Canadian counterpart, as a television personality for years, and she grew sick of having to custom-blend all her own foundations and concealers to match her Indian coloring.
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"I was born loving makeup...and when it became a career necessity, it was frustrating that I could never find my color," Deol tells us. Now, nearly two decades later, Deol has founded Stellar Cosmetics to serve what she feels is an underserved market: women with medium skin tones.
"There aren't many choices for people who have medium skin tones. We are a huge part of the population, but when you walk into a makeup store, we're not represented that way," she says. According to Deol, the issue is the lack of attention paid to undertones — something they take very seriously at Stellar.
"We have colors for many skin tones," says Deol. "Some may almost look identical but when you put them on the skin, they're not. One might have a yellow undertone and one might have a peachy undertone."
The line, which just launched at Sephora, boasts a lineup of 22 foundations and six concealers, along with blushes, lipsticks, powders, and a mascara. Check them out in the slides ahead.
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Each one of Stellar's 22 foundation shades is conveniently labeled based on shade and undertone. "It was so important the foundation be super-blendable and that the coverage be medium," said Deol. "You can apply it with a sponge and it will go on sheer; with a finger or brush for medium coverage; or build it up where you have more [problem areas]."

When it comes to matching, Deol always suggests trying the product in-person if you can. "I think you should try before you buy because that's the best case scenario for foundation and concealer. On the other hand, if you know your Color IQ number, you can order online."

Though Deol admits the range doesn't contain a shade for everybody, she's already planning to expand. In fact, the brand has four lighter and four deeper shades on the way in the coming months.

Stellar Limitless Foundation, $38, available at Sephora.
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If Deol was stuck on a desert island, the one product she'd bring is this concealer to combat what she considers to be her "horrible eye bags." Deol says, "It's like your skin, but better. It is glowy, but not shiny, and it makes your skin look and feel smooth."

Stellar Limitless Concealer, $27, available at Sephora.
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"I've actually walked the red carpet wearing this and it never flashes back," Deol says of the brand's universal setting powder shade, Haze. "It's actually pink in the tub but when you put it on, it completely disappears."

Stellar Cosmic Face Powder in Haze, $30, available at Sephora.
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But Stellar isn't all foundations and concealers – Deol was determined to create lipsticks that would flatter a range of skin tones. "A lot of people with medium skin tones have pigmented lips, so colors that might show up on a very pale person might not show up on our skin," she explains. "One thing I did was try to make lipsticks that were true to color and very pigmented, so that it doesn't matter what lips you have."

Stellar Infinite Lipstick in Super Sonic 04, $22, available at Sephora.
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She even created five metallic shades that create a three-dimensional effect on the lips.

Stellar Metallic Moon Lipstick in Disco Moon 03, $22, available at Sephora.
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"Right now, there are only three blush shades. I felt everybody needs a good pink and coral, but I love Eclipse because it's a bit different — and everybody needs a subtle, natural-looking blush, too," says Deol.

Stellar Cosmic Blush in Eclipse, $25, available at Sephora.
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The brand's only mascara features an asymmetric plastic brush head that's meant to deposit an even coat of formula to instantly lengthen your lashes.

Stellar Absolute Mascara, $22 available at Sephora.
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