NC40 to NC42 Foundation Matches

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.


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


Becca Complete Coverage Olive
Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum foundation 56
COVER FX Natural Finish foundationG60
Dior Capture Totale Dreamskin Perfect Skin Cushion 40
Estee Lauder Double Wear  3W2Review
EX1 Invisiwear foundation F300
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 True Match foundation N6 Honey
MAC Pro Longwear concealer NC 42
MakeUp Forever HD 153/Y405
MakeUp Forever Mat Velvet+ #53
Tarte Amazonian Clay  Tan sand
Too Faced Born This Way SandReview
Urban Decay Naked Skin 7

Comments 3

  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.

    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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