MAC NC40 to NC42 Foundation Matches/Equivalents

MAC NC40 and NC42

MAC Cosmetics

MAC NC40: medium beige with golden peach undertone for medium skin

MAC NC42: true medium beige with golden 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.

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.

Top Rated MAC NC40 to NC42 Foundations/Concealers

If MAC NC40 is too light for you and NC42 is too dark for you, these foundation/concealer shades might suit you:

Foundation/
Concealer
ShadeReview
Becca Complete Coverage Olive
Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum foundation 56
COVER FX Natural Finish foundationG60
Covergirl Simply Ageless Instant Wrinkle Defying Foundation255 Soft Honey
(neutral/warm undertones)
Review
Dior Capture Totale Dreamskin Perfect Skin Cushion 40
Estee Lauder Double Wear  3W2 CashewReview
EX1 Invisiwear foundation F300
Fenty Pro Filtr Soft Matte Foundation 300
Fenty Pro Filtr Soft Matte Powder Foundation 300
Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk  7.5Review
Givenchy Photo Perfection #8
IT Cosmetics CC Cream Tan Review
Kat Von D Lock-It Tattoo M57
Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer SX11
Lancome Teint Idole  410 Bisque (W)Review
Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Amber
L'Oreal Infallible Fresh Wear Foundation in a Powder260 Golden Sun
(golden warm undertone)
Review
L'Oreal True Match liquid foundation Honey Beige N6
(neutral undertone)
Review
L'Oreal True Match liquid foundationSun Beige W6
(warm undertone)
Review
L'Oreal True Match Tinted Serum FoundationTan 6-7Review
MAC Face & Body foundationC4Review
MAC Pro Longwear concealer NC 42
MakeUp Forever HD 153/Y405
MakeUp Forever Mat Velvet+ #53
Maybelline Fit Me Liquid Concealer30 HoneyReview
Maybelline Fit Me Dewy + Smooth Foundation310 Sun BeigeReview
Maybelline Fit Me Matte & Poreless FoundationGolden 312Review
Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circles Treatment Multi-Use ConcealerCaramelReview
Milani Conceal + Perfect 2-in-1 Foundation + Concealer 07 Sand
(cool undertone)
Review
Missha Perfect Cover BB#31
NARS Radiant Creamy ConcealerSucre D’Orge
NYX Can't Stop Won't Stop Foundation15 CaramelReview
Revlon ColorStay liquid foundation for Combination/Oily skin330 Natural Tan
(neutral undertone)
Review
Tarte Creaseless Under Eye Concealer 40S Tan Sand
Tarte Face Tape foundation42S Tan Sand
The Ordinary Serum foundation3.0Y
(yellow undertones)
Too Faced Born This Way Sand
(golden undertones)
Review
Too Faced Born This Way Multi-use Sculpting Concealer Cookie
Urban Decay Naked Skin 7
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Comments 6

  1. Absolutely love this!

    For me MAC NC40 is a tad too light, and MAC NC42 is a tad too dark.
    Please list more brands and shades that will also be perfect.

    Thank you ❤

    1. Girl I am the same way. Have you tried Frankie Rose cosmetics? I use the color oatmeal and is just perfect. I also blend frankie rose cosmetics and urban decay shade 7. together and it gives me a littel more color when im on the tanner side. TRY it out.

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    2. Hi,
      “For me MAC NC40 is a tad too light, and MAC NC42 is a tad too dark.” I hear you girl .
      Have you tried NC41 in studio fix fluid and powder? I find it absolutely perfect ….

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