9 Of The Best Foundation Ranges With Olive Skin Tones In Mind

If you have olive skin, you'll know how difficult it is to find a foundation that fits. It seems the yellow, green and golden undertones which categorise olive skin have often been overlooked in formulation, so whether you shop online or tap makeup counters for advice, it's likely you've come away with a shade of foundation that is either too ashy or dubiously orange.

Even though there are hundreds of brilliant beauty brands out there, the shade matching issue is widespread, with a recent survey by EX1 Cosmetics indicating that 90% of people with olive skin still struggle to find the right foundation for their skin type. Luckily, though, companies are listening to consumers and expanding their shade ranges to meet the need.


Whatever your budget, click through to discover the best foundation ranges with olive skin tones in mind.

Relatively new but already beauty editor-approved, Ciate's foundation range consists of a variety of yellow shades and takes into consideration cool, warm and neutral undertones. The formula is non-comedogenic (less likely to block your pores and result in spots), leaves a lasting dewy finish and feels like a second skin. When you find your correct shade, stockpile it.
Ciate London Extraordinary Foundation$28.00 Buy
From 'Siberia' to 'Pampelune', NARS' Sheer Glow foundation is a favourite among those with yellow undertones. Shades range from fair and medium through to deep, which makes finding a match online much easier. The formula is buildable and occupies a cosy space between dewy and matte.
NARS Sheer Glow Foundation$33.50 Buy
Because the options for olive skin are so ample, we'd suggest heading to either Boots or Harvey Nichols to find your perfect match in person. If your skin has the propensity to become dry throughout the day, be sure to use a hydrating moisturiser before application.
Fenty Beauty By Rihanna Pro Filt'r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation$27.00 Buy
Most of the foundations in EX1's range were created with olive skin tones in mind, as founder Farah Naz struggled to find a shade that wasn't too orange or too pink. The formula evens skin tone and texture, is oil- and fragrance-free and feels comfortable.
EX1 Invisiwear Liquid Foundation$12.50 Buy
Charlotte Tilbury's new pigment-rich foundation provides full coverage without the heavy, mask-like feel. We'd suggest trying this on in-store and giving it around 20 minutes before deciding on your true shade, as the pigment has a tendency to darken ever so slightly. The extra skincare benefits make it a worthwhile purchase.
Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Foundation$34.00 Buy
Always a makeup artist's first choice, this blends like a dream and works to control shine throughout the day. With 60 shades to choose from, it's now much easier for those with yellow and green undertones to find a good fit.
MAC Cosmetics Studio Fix Fluid SPF 15 Foundation$27.00 Buy
Those with medium to deep olive skin should find a match in Maybelline's Fit Me! range. The finish is radiant, not ashy, and the formula doesn't collect in fine lines or around blemishes.
Maybelline Fit Me Matte and Poreless Foundation$5.99 Buy
Okay, this one is very pricy, but for those with light olive skin who find their foundation tends to oxidise and turn orange, this is a great find. A single drop blankets pores, marks and blemishes but still looks completely natural. Available from Space NK, Net-A-Porter and Liberty on Monday 2nd September.
Surratt Dew Drops Foundation$70.00 Buy
This foundation-concealer hybrid only launched recently, but influencers and makeup artists alike have already awarded it cult status. It tucks uneven skin tone and texture from view but doesn't look or feel cakey. With 50 shades to choose from, hunting down the right shade to complement, not completely cover, olive skin is simple.
Revolution Conceal & Define Foundation F9$9.00 Buy
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