MAC NC40 Foundation Matches


MAC Cosmetics

MAC NC40 is a medium beige with golden peach undertone for medium skin.

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 (including MAC NC40 foundation equivalents!).

I wanted to make that super useful resource easier to use, so I’ve extracted the MAC NC40 foundation shade info from the thread and sorted it by MAC shade matches.

The full list contains all the MAC shades and equivalents.


Don’t know your skin tone or MAC shade?

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

Top rated MAC NC40 foundations
Estée Lauder Double Wear Foundation in 3W2 Cashew (warm, olive undertone)
L’Oreal True Match Super Blendable Liquid Foundation in
W6 Sun Beige (warm undertone)
NARS Sheer Glow Foundation Review
NARS Sheer Glow Stromboli (olive undertone)

Try these foundation/concealer shades if you’re a MAC NC40 foundation match:

Anastasia Beverly Hills Luminous Foundation360C
(deep golden undertone)
Anastasia Beverly Hills Stick Foundation Tan
Bare Minerals Matte FoundationGolden MediumReview
Bare Minerals OriginalGolden MediumReview
Benefit Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow!"I'm all The Rage" Beige
Bobbi Brown Foundation Stick4.5 Warm Natural Review
Bobbi Brown Intensive Skin Serum Foundation SPF 404.5 Warm Natural
Bobbi Brown Long Wear Weightless foundationWarm Natural
(olive tanned beige with yellow undertones)
Bobbi Brown Skin foundation SPF15Warm Natural
(olive tanned beige with yellow undertones)
Bobbi Brown Skin foundationHoney
(tanned beige with peachy yellow undertones)
Bourjois Air Mat foundation04 BeigeReview
Bourjois City Radiance05 Golden Beige/Beige DoreReview
Burberry Beauty Compact foundationTrench 07
Chanel Perfection Lumière Velvet50 Beige
Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation 7Review
Clinique Beyond Perfecting Foundation and Concealer08 Golden NeutralReview
Clinique Even Better MakeupWN 76 Toasted Wheat
(warm neutral undertone)
Clinique Stay Matte foundationhoney 11
Colorbar 24Hrs
Weightless Liquid
(warm undertone)
Colorbar 24Hrs
Weightless Liquid
(olive undertone)
Colourpop No Filter
Dior Backstage Face & Body3N
e.l.f. 16HR Camo concealerTan Neutral (exact shade)
(neutral undertones)
e.l.f. 16HR Camo concealerTan Walnut (for brightening undereye area)
(cool-neutral undertones)
e.l.f Hydrating Camo concealerMedium Sand (exact shade)
(neutral undertones)
Estee Lauder Double Wear Nude Cushion Stick FoundationHoney Bronze 4W1Review
Estée Lauder Double Wear Foundation3W2 Cashew
(warm, olive undertone)
EX1 Cosmetics Invisiwear Liquid FoundationF200Review
Fenty Pro Filt'r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation300
Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation6 Golden Beige
(olive undertone)
Giorgio Armani Power Fabric Longwear High Coverage Foundation7.5
(pink undertone)
Giorgio Armani Power Fabric Longwear High Coverage Foundation8
(neutral undertone)
Hourglass Immaculate Liquid Powder Foundation Warm Amber
Hourglass Vanish Airbrush concealerBeech (for brightening undereye area)
(yellow undertone)
Hourglass Vanish Airbrush concealerTopaz (exact shade
(peach undertone)
Huda Beauty Faux Filter Foundation stick Butter Pecan
(neutral undertone)
ILIA Super Serum Skin Tint SPF 40ST12 Kokkini
(neutral warm undertone)
ILIA Super Serum Skin Tint SPF 40ST12.5 Ramla Bay
(golden undertone))
ILIA Super Serum Skin Tint SPF 40ST12.75 Papakolea
(olive undertone)
Inglot YSM Cream Foundation51
IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ CreamTan WReview
Jane Iredale PurePressed Base Mineral foundationGolden Tan
(warm undertones)
Kat Von D Lock ItMedium 57
Kay Beauty Hydrating Foundation 145N
(neutral undertone)
Kay Beauty Hydrating Foundation 155y
(warm undertone)
Kosas Revealer concealer6
(olive undertones)
Kosas Tinted Face Oil6
Lakme 9 To 5 Primer + Matte Perfect Cover Foundation 280
Lancome Dual Finish Multi-Tasking Powder and Foundation In One410 Bisque W
Lancôme teint idole 24hr410 Bisque WReview
LA Girl Pro Conceal HD concealerPure Beige
L.A Girl Pro Coverage Illuminating Liquid Foundation Warm Beige
L'Oreal Age Perfect Radiant Serum foundation75 Golden Honey
(warm undertones)
L'Oreal Infallible Full Wear concealerAlmondReview
L'Oreal Paris Infallible Fresh Wear Powder Foundation260 Golden Sun
(golden warm undertones)
L'Oreal Infallible Fresh Wear Foundation (liquid)485 Golden Sun
(yellow and olive undertones)
L'Oreal Infallible Pro-Matte108 Caramel Beige
(warm undertone)
L'Oreal True Match ConcealerMedium/Deep Warm
L'Oreal Paris True Match Lumi Healthy Luminous MakeupW6 Sun Beige
(warm undertone)
L'Oreal Paris True Match Mineral Loose Powder FoundationSun Beige
(warm undertone)
L'Oreal True Match Nude Hyaluronic Tinted Serum 4-5 MediumReview
L'Oreal True Match Super Blendable Crayon ConcealerMedium/Deep Warm
L'Oreal True Match Super Blendable Foundation (Liquid)W6 Sun Beige
(warm undertone)
MAC Face and BodyC3Review
MAC Mineralize Moisture FoundationNC40Review
MAC Pro Longwear FoundationNC42Review
MAC Pro-LongwearNC 40Review
MAC Studio Fix Powder PlusNC 40Review
MAC Studio Fix Fluid foundationNC40Review
MAC Studio Sculpt FoundationNC40Review
MAC Studio Waterweight FoundationNC40
Makeup Forever Full Cover ConcealerSand 7
(yellow undertones)
Makeup Forever Ultra HD153 = Y405 Golden HoneyReview
Makeup Revolution Fast Base Stick Foundation F12
Maybelline Dream Urban Cover Flawless Coverage Foundation Makeup, SPF 50Sun Beige
Maybelline Dream Wonder Fluid-Touch FoundationSun Beige
Maybelline Fit Me concealer 25 Medium (for brightening undereye area)Review
Maybelline Fit Me Concealer30 Honey (exact shade)Review
Maybelline Fit Me Dewy+Smooth310 Sun BeigeReview
Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless foundation310 Sun BeigeReview
Maybelline Fit Me Pressed Powder312 GoldenReview
Maybelline Instant Age Rewind concealer CaramelReview
Maybelline Superstay Better Skin FoundationSun Beige
Maybelline Super Stay Full Coverage Liquid foundation312 GoldenReview
Mehron Celebre HD Cream FoundationEurasia JaponaisReview
Missha Perfect Cover BB Cream #31
Miss Claire Everyday Foundation Caramel
Milani Conceal + Perfect 2-in-1 Foundation + Concealer04A1 Golden Beige
(yellow undertone)
Milani Conceal + Perfect 2-in-1 Foundation + ConcealerSand Beige 06
(warm olive undertone)
MUFE HD FoundationY375
NARS All Day Luminous Weightless FoundationStromboli
(olive undertone)
NARS All Day Luminous Weightless FoundationBarcelona
(subtle peach undertone)
NARS Natural Radiant Longwear FoundationStromboli
(olive undertone)
NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer St. Moritz
(golden undertone)
NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer Ginger (for brightening undereye area)Review
NARS Sheer GlowStromboli
(olive undertone)
NARS Velvet Matte Skin Tint St. Moritz
(golden undertone)
NY Bae Dewy Drops
liquid foundation
NYX HD Studio Photogenic ConcealerMedium
NYX Can't Stop Won't Stop Full Coverage Foundation CaramelReview
PAC HD Liquid Foundation 3.5
PAC Spotlight Liquid Foundation Mud Oak
Revlon Colorstay liquid foundation of Combination/Oily skin330 Natural Tan
(neutral undertone)
Revlon Colorstay liquid foundation for Combination/Oily skin360 Golden Caramel
(cool undertone)
Revlon Photoready#8 Golden Beige
Sephora ColorIQ3Y07
Soap & Glory Instant Retouch Kick Ass PowderTotally TranslucentReview
SUGAR Ace of Face Foundation Stick 42
SUGAR Cosmetics Magic Wand Waterproof Concealer30 Chococcino (for brightening undereye area)
(warm undertone)
Tarte Shape Tape concealer42S Tan Sand
(warm golden undertones)
Too Faced Born This Way foundationWarm Beige
(neutral undertone)
Too Faced Born This Way foundationSand
(golden undertone)
The Ordinary Serum foundation2.1Y
(yellow undertones)
Urban Decay Naked Skin foundation#4.0Review
Urban Decay One & Done Hybrid Complexion PerfectorMedium Review
Wet n Wild Photo Focus concealerMedium Tawny
Wet n Wild Photo Focus Foundation Desert Beige
Wet n Wild Mega Cushion Foundation Buff Beige
Wet n Wild
MegaGlo Makeup
Stick Conceal and Contour
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  1. Hi… I have the same skin tone as yours and I have been using Nars Sheer Glow in shade Stromboli as well as BB serum foundation in shade Warm Natural 4.5 and I’m in love with the Too Face Foundation Bur can’t decide if I should opt for Golden Beige/WarmBeige/sand.

    Can you please give me some suggestion. Thankyou

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      For the Too Faced Born This Way foundation, it really depends on your undertone:
      – Golden Beige is light shade with golden undertones
      – Warm Beige is a medium shade with neutral undertone
      – Sand is a medium shade with golden undertone

      For NC40 skin tones, I’d recommend going with the medium shades (Warm Beige and Sand).

      Hope this helps!

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      3.2 in Smashbox Skin Hydra Foundation looks right for NC40 skin tone. It’s described as medium-dark with neutral undertone. Hope this helps!

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