Find Your Foundation Shade

Find your foundation match — advice from Reddit

Updated: 5/20/2022

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!

Don’t know your skin tone or MAC shade?

If you don’t know your skin tone or MAC shade, use the Find Your Foundation Match by Skin Tone Visual Guide to determine your skin tone before viewing the shade matches/equivalents below.

MAC NC Shades (warm, neutral and olive skin tones)

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

MAC NC10 Foundation Matches/Equivalents

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

MAC NC25 to NC30 Foundation Matches/Equivalents

If MAC NC25 is too light for you and NC30 is too dark for you, these foundation shades might suit you.

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

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

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

MAC NC37 Foundation Matches/Equivalents
medium beige with neutral undertone for medium skin

Try these foundation shades if you are matched to MAC NC37.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

MAC NW Shades (cool/neutral skin tones)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

MAC N Shades (light, neutral skin tones)

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

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

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

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

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

Want to learn more? Check out our Shade Guide Resources

Top Rated Foundation Reviews

Image credits: https://www.maccosmetics.com, www.amazon.com

Comments 40

  1. Pingback: Foundation shades spreadsheet and info, sorted by MAC shades, extracted from megathread – MADNESS GOODNESS BLOG

  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

    1. Post
      Author

      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.

    2. Post
      Author
  3. Pingback: N1 to N5 Foundation Matches - redmond mom

  4. Pingback: NW15 to NC20 Foundation Matches - redmond mom

    1. Post
      Author
  5. Pingback: NC40 Foundation Matches - redmond mom

  6. Pingback: NW20 Foundation Matches - redmond mom

  7. Pingback: NC30 Foundation Matches - redmond mom

  8. Pingback: NC30 to NC35 Foundation Matches - redmond mom

  9. Pingback: NC10 or NW10 Foundation Matches - redmond mom

  10. Pingback: NC15 Foundation Matches - redmond mom

  11. Pingback: NC15 to NC20 Foundation Matches - redmond mom

  12. Pingback: NC40 to NC42 Foundation Matches - redmond mom

  13. Pingback: NC44 Foundation Matches - redmond mom

  14. Pingback: NC44 to NC45 Foundation Matches - redmond mom

  15. Pingback: NC45 Foundation Matches - redmond mom

  16. Pingback: NC45 to NC50 Foundation Matches - redmond mom

  17. Pingback: NC50 Foundation Matches - redmond mom

  18. Pingback: Lighter than NW10 Foundation Matches - redmond mom

  19. Pingback: NW10 Foundation Matches - redmond mom

  20. Pingback: NW10 to NW20 Foundation Matches - redmond mom

  21. Pingback: NW10 to NW13 Foundation Matches - redmond mom

  22. Pingback: NW15 Foundation Matches - redmond mom

  23. Pingback: NW25 Foundation Matches - redmond mom

  24. Pingback: NW50 Foundation Matches - redmond mom

  25. Pingback: NC20 Foundation Matches - redmond mom

  26. Pingback: NC42 Foundation Matches - redmond mom

  27. Pingback: Maybelline Foundation Finder: What the Numbers Mean and Finding Your Perfect Shade - Redmond Mom

  28. Pingback: 10 Best Full Coverage Drugstore Foundations of 2022 - Redmond Mom

  29. Pingback: 10 Best Drugstore Foundations for Dry Skin of 2022 - Redmond Mom

  30. Pingback: MAC Foundation Shades for Indian Skin - Redmond Mom

  31. Pingback: NC37 Foundation Matches/Equivalents - Redmond Mom

  32. Pingback: NC20 to NC25 Foundation Matches/Equivalents - Redmond Mom

  33. Pingback: ILIA Super Serum Skin Tint SPF 40 Review - Redmond Mom

  34. Pingback: Ilia Skin Tint Shade Finder - Redmond Mom

  35. Pingback: The Best Foundations for Brown Skin - Redmond Mom

  36. Pingback: Visual Guide to Skin Tones and Finding Your Foundation Shade - Redmond Mom

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.