MAC foundation shades for Indian skin

Which foundation shade is best for Indian skin?

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Here at RedmondMom, 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.

Heli Ved

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

Shreya Jain

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

Deepthi Desikan

While someone who is MAC 46 would look like Sathyapriya.

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.

Undertone types

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 foundation for Indian skin tone list

Find your skin twin below:

MAC 15 example:

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

NW15 foundation matches for cool skin tones.

MAC 20 examples:

Sowmya Vijay
Vanya Mishra

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

NW20 foundation matches for cool skin tones.

MAC 25 examples:

Nidhi Katiyar
Niharika Srivastava

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

NW25 foundation matches for cool skin tones.

MAC 30 examples:

Simmy Goraya,
Shreya Jain

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

NW25 to NW30 foundation matches for cool skin tones.

MAC 35 examples:

Nidhi Chaudhury
Gitanjali Karki

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

MAC 40 examples:

Prerna Sharma
Prakriti Singh

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

MAC 42 examples:

Jyotii Sethi
Raina Jain

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

MAC 43 example:

Anoushka

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

MAC 43.5 example:

Sarah Sarosh

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

MAC 44 examples:

Zahrah Aliyah
Antariksha Phadnis

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

MAC 45 examples:

Made by Mona
Jovita George

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

NW45 foundation matches for cool skin tones.

MAC 46 examples:

Sathyapriya
Jaicy Victoria

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

NW47 foundation matches for cool skin tones.

MAC 50 examples:

MissDarcei
SoNaturallyGwen

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

NW50 foundation matches for cool skin tones.

Full list of foundation matches for Indian 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.

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