One of my first thoughts while wearing face makeup is the way my skin looks with it on. I may not have the best eyeshadow shading technique or the brightest highlight, but if my skin looks Beyoncé-type flawless through my foundation, then I’m satisfied. As a woman of color, it can be ridiculously difficult to not only find the right formula for my skin—combination that’s mostly oily with some dry spots—but also the right color.

I can’t even begin to describe the number of times I mistakenly picked up a foundation shade I thought would work with my café au lait coloring, just to find out later that it really makes me look ashy under the fluorescent lights in the office. To avoid any future horror stories, we’ve reached out to some professional makeup artists for opinions on their holy-grail foundation picks—you may want to make some extra room in your makeup bags for these.