Beige Skin Tone — How It Looks Like (Visual Guide)

Beige skin tone or beige skin color is a light to medium shade that is usually described as “light beige”, “buff”, “nude” and “rose beige”.

Warm Nude 128
Maybelline Fit Me in Warm Nude 128 is a beige shade for light skin with yellow undertones.

These shade names are not a precise way to determine one’s foundation/concealer shade, so at Redmond Mom we use the MAC foundation shade system to classify skin shades.

But before we get into the MAC foundation shade system, let’s go over some skin tone basics.

1.    Know Your Skin Tone Depth

Classic Ivory 120
Maybelline Fit Me in Classic Ivory 120 is a light beige shade that’s equivalent to NC20.

When we describe someone as “light-skinned” or “dark-skinned”, we are really describing their skin tone depth.

Someone with “beige skin tone” would fall between light to medium skin tone depth.

2.    Find Your Skin Undertone

Determining your skin undertone is crucial because the worst foundation mismatches tend to be shades that make one appear unusually orange or pink or grey.

Broadly speaking, skin undertones fall into 4 categories:

Warm skin tones look more yellow.

Cool skin tones look more pink.

Neutral skin tones are somewhere between yellow and pink.

Olive skin tones have green and grey hues.

3. MAC Foundation Shade System Explained

Here at Redmond Mom, we use the MAC foundation shade system to classify brands and shade matches/equivalents because it’s more precise.

NC: has yellow, neutral and olive undertones

NW: has pink and neutral undertones

C: has yellow and olive undertones

For example, someone who is NW20 will have light to medium skin with pink and/or neutral undertones.

NW20
NW20 is a light to medium shade with cool undertones.

What is rose beige skin tone?

Rose beige skin tone is a light to medium shade with cool (pink or neutral) undertones. Some examples of rose beige skin shades are NW15, NW25 and NW30.

What is warm beige skin tone?

Warm beige skin tone is a light to medium shade with warm undertones (yellow, olive or neutral). Some examples of warm beige skin shades are NC15, NC20, NC25 and NC30.

Once you’ve determined your skin tone depth and undertone, you can find the right foundation/concealer shade by using the table below.

Light to Medium Warm
shades
Light to Medium Cool
shades
NC25 Foundation Matches/EquivalentsNW25 Foundation Matches/Equivalents
NC30 Foundation Matches/EquivalentsNW25 to NW30 Foundation Matches/Equivalents
NC35 Foundation Matches/Equivalents 

Top Foundations for Light to Medium Skin (Warm or Neutral undertones)

IT Cosmetics CC Cream foundation
IT Cosmetics CC+ Cream in Light is a match for NC15 skin tone.
Estee Lauder Double Wear in 2W2 Rattan is a match for NC25 skin tone.

Top Foundations for Light to Medium Skin (Cool or Neutral undertones)

L’Oreal True Match Liquid Foundation in C1 is a match for NW15 skin tone.
Estee Lauder Double Wear in
2C0 Cool Vanilla is a match for NW25 skin tone.

For all other skin tones, please see below for our full list of Foundation Matches/Equivalents

For warm, neutral and olive skin tones:

NC5 to NC10 Foundation Matches/Equivalents
If NC5 is too light for you and NC10 is too dark for you, these foundation shades might suit you.

NC10 Foundation Matches/Equivalents

very fair beige with neutral undertone for very fair skin
Try these foundation shades if you are matched to NC10.

NC15 Foundation Matches
light beige with golden undertone for light skin
Try these foundation shades if you are matched to NC15.

NC15 to NC20 Foundation Matches
If NC15 is too light for you and NC20 is too dark for you, these foundation shades might suit you.

NC20 Foundation Matches
light beige with neutral golden undertone for light skin
Try these foundation shades if you are matched to NC20.

NC20 to NC25 Foundation Matches
If NC20 is too light for you and NC25 is too dark for you, these foundation shades might suit you.

NC25 Foundation Matches
light beige with golden peach undertone for light skin
Try these foundation shades if you are matched to NC25.

NC30 Foundation Matches
light to medium beige with golden undertone for light to medium skin
Try these foundation shades if you are matched to NC30.

NC30 to NC35 Foundation Matches
If NC30 is too light for you and NC35 is too dark for you, these foundation shades might suit you.

NC35 Foundation Matches
light to medium beige with peachy golden undertone for medium skin
Try these foundation shades if you are matched to NC35.

NC35 to NC40 Foundation Matches
If NC35 is too light for you and NC40 is too dark for you, these foundation shades might suit you.

NC40 Foundation Matches
medium beige with golden peach undertone for medium skin
Try these foundation shades if you are matched to NC40.

NC40 to NC42 Foundation Matches
If NC40 is too light for you and NC42 is too dark for you, these foundation shades might suit you.

NC42 Foundation Matches
true medium beige with golden undertone for medium skin
Try these foundation shades if you are matched to NC42.

NC44 Foundation Matches
tanned caramel with golden undertone for medium to dark skin
Try these foundation shades if you are matched to NC44.

NC44 to NC45 Foundation Matches
If NC44 is too light for you and NC45 is too dark for you, these foundation shades might suit you.

NC45 Foundation Matches
bronze with golden undertone for dark skin
Try these foundation shades if you are matched to NC45.

NC45 to NC50 Foundation Matches
If NC45 is too light for you and NC50 is too dark for you, these foundation shades might suit you.

NC50 Foundation Matches
rich brown with golden undertone for deep dark skin
Try these foundation shades if you are matched to NC50.

For cool/neutral skin tones:

Lighter than NW10 Foundation Matches/Equivalents
Try these foundation shades if you are matched to Lighter than NW10.

NW10 Foundation Matches/Equivalents
very fair beige with rosy undertone for fair skin
Try these foundation shades if you are matched to NW10.

NW10 to NW20 Foundation Matches/Equivalents
If NW10 is too light for you and NW20 is too dark for you, these foundation shades might suit you.

NW10 to NW13 Foundation Matches/Equivalents
If NW10 is too light for you and NW13 is too dark for you, these foundation shades might suit you.

NW13 Foundation Matches/Equivalents
fair beige with neutral undertone for light skin
Try these foundation shades if you are matched to NW13.

NW15 Foundation Matches
light beige with neutral undertone for light skin
Try these foundation shades if you are matched to NW15.

NW15 to NW20 Foundation Matches
If NW15 is too light for you and NW20 is too dark for you, these foundation shades might suit you.

NW15 to NC20 Foundation Matches
Neutral when pale but golden/yellow when tanned
If NW15 is too light for you and NC20 is too dark for you, these foundation shades might suit you.

NW20 Foundation Matches
warm neutral beige with rosy undertone for light to medium skin
Try these foundation shades if you are matched to NW20.

NW25 Foundation Matches
rosy beige with rosy undertone for light to medium skin
Try these foundation shades if you are matched to NW25.

NW25 to NW30 Foundation Matches
If NW25 is too light for you and NW30 is too dark for you, these foundation shades might suit you.

NW45 Foundation Matches
medium mahogany with rosy undertones for medium to dark skin
Try these foundation shades if you are matched to NW45.

NW47 Foundation Matches
deep auburn with neutral undertones for dark skin
Try these foundation shades if you are matched to NW47.

NW50 Foundation Matches
rich coffee with neutral undertone for dark skin
Try these foundation shades if you are matched to NW50.

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