Find your foundation match — advice from Reddit’s r/MakeupAddiction

Buying foundation is such a hit or miss thing for me. Somehow I always end up with a shade that’s completely wrong for me. And then I discovered this fantastic megathread at r/MakeupAddiction where the makeup aficionados there listed all the popular foundation shades that matched their skin tones.

I wanted to make that super useful resource easier to use, so I’ve extracted the shade info from the thread and sorted it by MAC shade.

Enjoy!

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

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

NC10 or NW10 Foundation Matches
If either NC10 or NW10 match you, these foundation shades might suit you.

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.

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

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

NW10 to NW20 Foundation Matches
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
If NW10 is too light for you and NW13 is too dark for you, these foundation shades might suit you.

NW13 Foundation Matches
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 mahoghany 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.

N1 to N2 Foundation Matches
If N1 is too light for you and N2 is too dark for you, these foundation shades might suit you.

N4 to N5 Foundation Matches
If N4 is too light for you and N5 is too dark for you, these foundation shades might suit you.

N1 to N5 Foundation Matches
If N1 is too light for you and N5 is too dark for you, these foundation shades might suit you.

Lighter than N5 Foundation Matches
Try these foundation shades if you are matched to Lighter than N5.

N5 to N10 Foundation Matches
If N5 is too light for you and N10 is too dark for you, these foundation shades might suit you.

N9 Foundation Matches
Try these foundation shades if you are matched to N9.

N10 Foundation Matches
Try these foundation shades if you are matched to N10.

N18 Foundation Matches
light neutral with rosy undertone for light skin
Try these foundation shades if you are matched to N18.

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  2. Hi this list is so useful ! Thankyou it’s s big help and well done in putting the hard work. Just wondering if you have a similar list for concealers x

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      Hi Asma, I’m so glad you found the list useful! Currently, concealer shades are listed together with the foundation shades. I’ll definitely consider setting up a separate list for concealers in the future if other users think it’ll be useful.

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