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.


* this list is not complete; so far, I’ve only done shades NC 10 to NC 25.

NC 10 Foundation Matches

NC 10 – very fair beige with neutral undertone for very fair skin

Try these foundation shades if you are matched to NC 10.

Foundation Match Name Shade
Estee Lauder Cool bone
Kat Von D Lock it Light 44
Kat Von D lock it powder 42
Lancome teint idole 90
MAC face and body C1
Marc Jacobs Re(Marc)able 10
Maybelline Fit me matte+poreless 110 Porcelain
MUFE stick 115
Sephoras Color IQ 1Y01


NC 20 Foundation Matches

NC 20 – light beige with neutral golden undertone for light skin

Try these foundation shades if you are matched to NC 20.

Foundation Match Name Shade
MUFE Pro 117
Aveda Desert 06
Bare Minerals Light-medium
Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua B10
Clinique Superbalanced Alabaster
IT Cosmetics CC cream Light
Lancome Teint Idole 24h Buff 210 (N)
Laneige BB cushion Light
Laura Mercier Photo Finish Oil-Free Cream Ivory
MAC Face & Body C1
NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation Ceylan
Revlon Nude
Revlon Colorstay Whipped 200 Sand Beige
Tarte Light-medium neutral
Tarte Amazonian Clay 12h Fair-Light Honey
Tarte Amazonian Clay liquid Fairly Light Honey
Too Faced Born This Way Vanilla


NC 20-25 Foundation Matches

If NC 20 is too light for you and NC 25 is too dark for you, these foundation shades might suit you.

Foundation Match Name Shade
Bourjois 123 CC Cream 31 Ivory
Bourjois 123 CC Cream 33 Rose Beige


NC 25 Foundation Matches

NC 25 – light beige with golden peach undertone for light skin

Try these foundation shades if you are matched to NC 25.

Foundation Match Name Shade
A’Pieu Air Fit Cushion SPF 50+/PA+++ No. 21
bareminerals complexion rescue Ginger
Becca perfect skin mineral foundation Nude
Bobbi brown skin foundation 3
Bourjois healthy mix serum 53
Chanel vitalumiere aqua B20
Covergirl 3 in 1 242 Medium Beige
Diorskin Nude Air 127
Estee Lauder Double Wear 2W2 Rattan
Estee Lauder Double Wear Wheat
Hard candy glamoflauge concealer medium/tan
Hourglass Immaculate Golden
IOPE Air Cushion XP C23
Laura Mercier oil-free tinted moisturiser with SPF Blush
Loreal Infallible 104
Loreal true match concealer W4-5
Mac Face and Body C2
Marc Jacobs genius gel #34 beige medium
March Jacobs marvellous mousse #34 beige medium
Maybelline dream wonder foundation 60
Maybelline Fit Me 220 Natural Beige
Maybelline fit me concealer light (10)
Maybelline fit me concealer 25
Maybelline master conceal light/medium
Maybelline stick foundation shine-free Buff Beige
Missha BB creams #23
MUFE HD 021 Linen
MUFE Ultra HD Y305
MUFE Ultra HD Y245
MUFE Ultra HD 118
MUFE Ultra HD Y325
Naked Skin 4.0
Nars All Day Luminous Santa Fe
NARS All Day Luminous Foundation Fiji
Nars Sheer Glow Punjab
Nars Sheer Glow Fiji
NARS Sheer Matte Fiji
Nars Tinted Moisturizer Alaska
NARS Tinted Moisturizer Groenland
Neutrogena Healthy Skin Natural Beige
Revlon colorstay sand beige
Rimmel 25 hr Soft beige
Sephora color iq 3Y04
Shu Uemura face architect #365 Medium light
Shu Uemura light bulb #365 Medium light
Stila Stay All Day Foundation Tone
Tarte Amazonian Clay Light-Medium Honey
Too Faced Born This Way Warm Nude
YSL Touche Éclat B30



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