MAC foundation shades for Indian skin

MAC Foundation Shades for Indian Skin

Which foundation shade is best for Indian skin?

Updated on 4/28/2022

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Here at Redmond Mom, we receive a lot of questions about finding the best foundation matches for Indian skin tones.

Whether you are choosing a MAC Studio foundation shade or wondering which concealer is best for Indian skin, we have the answers for you.

Check out our guide to finding the best foundations matches for Indian skin.

So which foundation shade is best for Indian skin?

Indian skin tones vary greatly and range from fair to deep.

On the MAC foundation scale, it tends to range between MAC 15 (described as light beige for light skin) to MAC 50 (rich brown for deep dark skin).

For example, someone who is MAC 15, would look like Heli Ved.

Someone whose skin tone is MAC 30 will look like Shreya Jain.

Someone whose skin tone is MAC 40, will look like Deepthi Desikan.

While someone who is MAC 46 would look like Sathyapriya.

Misconception: Indian skin tones are ALWAYS warm

Many people think that Indian skin tones are always warm and yellow-based.

In fact, you’ve probably been told that all Asians have warm skin tones.

Well, that couldn’t be further from the truth.

Plenty of Asians have olive, neutral and cool undertones, and warm foundation shades can look overly orange on their skin.

How to choose your MAC Studio foundation shade?

Step 1: Determine your skin’s undertone to find the perfect foundation match.

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

Undertones

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.

If you want to learn more about the differences in Asian undertones, check out this post that explains it all: http://musicalhouses.blogspot.com/2010/01/undertones-for-asians-how-to-tell-if.html?m=1

MAC Foundation Shade System Explained

NC: has yellow, neutral and olive undertones

NW: has pink and neutral undertones

C: has yellow and olive undertones

For example, someone who is MAC NC30, would have light to medium skin, with yellow, neutral or olive undertones.

Step 2: Find your skin twin

Once you’ve determined your undertone, the quickest way to narrow down your foundation match is to find someone with a similar skin tone.

Check out the following list of YouTubers compiled by the makeup geniuses at Reddit to find the vlogger with the closest skin shade to yours!

MAC Foundations for Indian Skin Tones List

Find your skin twin below:

MAC 15 skin twin:

Top Rated MAC NC15 foundations (warm/neutral undertone)
Estee Lauder Double Wear 1W1 Bone is a match for NC15 skin tone.
MAC Longwear Pro Concealer in NC15 is a match for NC15 skin tone.

All NC15 foundation matches/equivalents for warm, neutral and olive skin tones.

Top Rated NW15 foundations (cool/neutral undertone)
IT Cosmetics
CC+ Cream
Fair
is a match for NW15 skin tone.
L’Oreal True Match liquid foundation in N2 is a match for NW15 skin tones.

All NW15 foundation matches/equivalents for cool skin tones.

MAC 20 skin twins:

Top Rated NC20 Foundations (warm/neutral undertone)
Bourjois
Healthy Mix
Serum Foundation
in Vanilla 52 is a match for NC20.

All NC20 foundation matches/equivalents for warm, neutral and olive skin tones.

Top Rated NW20 Foundations (cool/neutral undertone)
L’Oreal True Match Liquid foundation
C2
is a match for NW20 skin tone.

All NW20 foundation matches/equivalents for cool skin tones.

MAC 25 skin twins:

Top Rated Foundations for NC25 (warm/neutral undertone)
Estee Lauder Double Wear in 2W2 Rattan is a match for NC25 skin tone.
L’Oreal True Match in
W3
is a match for MAC NC25 skin tone.

All NC25 foundation matches/equivalents for warm, neutral and olive skin tones.

Top Rated Foundations for NW25 (cool/neutral undertone)
Revlon Colorstay liquid foundation
250 Fresh Beige
is a match for MAC NW25 skin tone.
Estee Lauder Double Wear 2C0 Cool Vanilla is a match for MAC NW25 skin tone.

All NW25 foundation matches/equivalents for cool skin tones.

MAC 30 skin twins:

Top Rated Foundations for NC30 (warm/neutral undertone)
NARS Sheer Glow Foundation Review
NARS Sheer Glow in Stromboli is a match for MAC NC30 skin.
COVERGIRL Clean Matte BB Cream
Light/Medium
is a match for MAC NC30 skin tone.

All NC30 foundation matches/equivalents for warm, neutral and olive skin tones.

Top Rated Foundations for NW25 to NW30 (cool/neutral undertone)
Estee Lauder Double Wear in
3N1 Ivory Beige
is a match for NW25 to NW30 skin tone.
Revlon Colorstay liquid foundation in
320 True Beige
 is a match for NW25 to NW30 skin tone.

All NW25 to NW30 foundation matches/equivalents for cool skin tones.

MAC 35 skin twins:

Top Rated Foundations for NC35 (warm/neutral undertone)
L’Oreal True Match Liquid foundation in W4 is a match for NC35 skin tone.

All NC35 foundation matches/equivalents for warm, neutral and olive skin tones.

MAC 40 skin twins:

Top Rated Foundations for NC40 (warm/neutral undertone)
Bobbi Brown Skin foundation SPF15 in
Warm Natural
is a match for MAC NC40 skin tone.
Missha Perfect Cover BB Cream in #31 is a match for MAC NC40 skin tone.

All NC40 foundation matches/equivalents for warm, neutral and olive skin tones.

MAC 42 skin twins:

Top Rated Foundations/Concealers for NC42 (warm/neutral undertone)

All NC42 foundation matches/equivalents for warm, neutral and olive skin tones.

MAC 43 skin twin:

NC42 and NC44 foundation matches for warm, neutral and olive skin tones.

MAC 43.5 skin twin:

All NC42 and NC44 foundation matches/equivalents for warm, neutral and olive skin tones.

MAC 44 skin twins:

Top Rated Foundations for NC44 (warm/neutral undertone)
NARS Sheer Glow Foundation Review
NARS Sheer
Glow Foundation
Syracuse
is a match for MAC NC44 skin tone.
Milani Conceal + Perfect
09 Tan
is a match for MAC NC44.

All NC44 foundation matches/equivalents for warm, neutral and olive skin tones.

MAC 45 skin twins:

Top Rated Foundations for NC45 (warm/neutral undertone)
L’Oreal True Match
Liquid foundation in
W6
is a match for MAC NC45 skin tone.

All NC45 foundation matches/equivalents for warm, neutral and olive skin tones.

Top Rated Foundations for NW45 (cool/neutral undertone)
MAC Studio Fix Powder Plus in
NW45
is a match for MAC NW45 skin tone.
Black Opal Stick foundation in
Hazelnut
is a match for MAC NW45 skin tone.

All NW45 foundation matches/equivalents for cool skin tones.

MAC 46 skin twins:

Top Rated Foundations for NC45 to NC50 (warm/neutral undertone)
Lancôme Teint Idôle Ultra 24H Long Wear Matte Foundation with SPF 15 Review
Lancome Teint
Idole Ultra 24H in
460 Suede W
is a match for NC45 to NC50 skin tone.
NARS Sheer Glow Foundation Review
NARS Sheer Glow in Tahoe is a match for NC45 to NC50 skin tone.

All NC45 to NC50 foundation matches/equivalents for warm, neutral and olive skin tones.

Top Rated Foundations for NW47 (cool/neutral undertone)
Revlon Colorstay Liquid Foundation in Mahogany is a match for NW47 skin tone.

All NW47 foundation matches/equivalents for cool skin tones.

MAC 50 skin twins:

Top Rated Foundations for NC50 (warm/neutral undertone)
NARS Sheer Glow in
Macau
is a match for MAC NC50 skin tone.
LA Girl HD Pro Concealer in Toast is a match for NC50 skin tone.

All NC50 foundation matches/equivalents for warm, neutral and olive skin tones.

Top Rated Foundations for NW50 (cool/neutral undertone)
Lancôme Teint
Idole Ultra 24H
Makeup in 500 Suede W
is a match for MAC NW50 skin tone.
L’Oreal True Match
Liquid foundation in
Cocoa C8
is a match for MAC NW50 skin tone.

All NW50 foundation matches/equivalents for cool skin tones.

Full list of foundation matches for ALL skin tones

Our complete list of foundation matches for all skin tones can be found here.

List of foundation matches for Indian skin tones

For warm, neutral and olive skin tones:

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 skin tones:

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.

Top Rated Foundations

Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless Foundation Review

Maybelline Fit Me Dewy + Smooth Foundation Review

Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation Review

NARS Sheer Glow Foundation Review

Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay in Place Liquid Makeup Review

Too Faced Born This Way Foundation Review

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation Review

IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream Review

Lancôme Teint Idôle Ultra 24H Long Wear Matte Foundation with SPF 15 Review

Clinique Beyond Perfecting Foundation And Concealer Review

MAC Studio Face and Body Foundation Review

Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Stick Review

Want to learn more? Check out our Shade Guide Resources:

Maybelline Foundation Finder: What the Numbers Mean and Finding Your Perfect Shade

Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer Swatches and Shades Guide

What’s the difference between Maybelline’s Classic Ivory, Natural Ivory, Ivory and Fair Ivory shades?

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