As a woman of colour, finding the perfect foundation shade has always been a struggle. Take a look at some of my old Facebook or (God forbid) Myspace photos and you will see exactly what I’m talking about. Growing up, most foundations came in 6 or 7 shades (variations of light, medium and their definition of “dark”) and no matter how hard I tried, I was never able to find an exact match. For that reason, I stopped wearing foundation all together.

Last week, @Lancomeofficial invited me to create my own custom foundation (“Le Teint Particulier”) and if I’m going to be honest, I was a bit skeptical (given my past experiences), but despite that, I decided to give foundation another go.



I met with a Lancôme beauty expert, she scanned my skin tone and next, a mix of pigments were blended in a dispensing unit to reflect what I and (now you) see in the mirror. I was completely blown away. They got it exactly right. I was also given a bottle customized with my name and shade number on it (there are 72,000 possible shades). If you are looking for a perfect match, I would highly recommend Lancôme’s Le Teint Particulier custom foundation. Have any questions? Sound off in the comments and for more details on my experience, watch the video below.

Photos by @inkaststudio


  1. Agyeiwaah
    November 24, 2017 / 1:17 pm

    More details…how can I get my own…feel your pain in regards to finding shades for WOC.

    • torontoshay
      November 24, 2017 / 1:27 pm

      Hey Agyeiwahh! Are you in North America? They are at select Lancôme counters at Nordstrom in North America. And if you are outside of NA, please DM the official Lancôme page on Instagram and they should be able to get back to you with an answer. Let me know how it works out! I’m so happy with mine and highly recommend it ❤️

  2. Danie
    November 30, 2017 / 11:55 am

    Wow!! This looks amazing. Flawless

  3. November 30, 2017 / 12:23 pm

    I’m going to have to try this – your foundation came out so perfect! I’ve always had trouble finding the right shade for myself as well.

  4. November 30, 2017 / 2:25 pm

    Wow!! It’s spot on from the before pic! That’s amazing, going to check that out!

  5. November 30, 2017 / 3:34 pm

    Love this… thanks for sharing lady.

  6. Raquel dos santos
    November 30, 2017 / 3:39 pm

    Love it!😉

  7. November 30, 2017 / 3:55 pm

    That’s lovely to hear that you can now get perfectly matched. Will see if they do it over here in the UK.

  8. Nakeia
    November 30, 2017 / 5:32 pm

    I love things I can customize 👌🏾

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