MAC N4 to N5 Foundation Matches/Equivalents

MAC N4 and N5

MAC Cosmetics

MAC N4: very fair beige with neutral undertones for light skin (neutral)

MAC N5: rosy beige with neutral undertones for light to medium skin (neutral)

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.

The full list contains all the MAC shades.

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.

If MAC N4 is too light for you and N5 is too dark for you, these foundation shades might suit you:

Foundation/
Concealer
Shade
Benefit Hello Flawless! Foundation “I’m Pure For Sure” Ivory
MAC Studio Fix PowderN4 or N5
Neutrogena Skin-Clearing Foundation Natural Ivory (I20)
Skin 79 Intense Classic SPF 35++ BB Creamno shade

Want more? Check out the Find Your Foundation Match Mega List.

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