MAC NC40 and NC42
MAC NC40 is a medium beige with golden peach undertone for medium skin.
MAC NC42 is a 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.
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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:
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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 ❤
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.
Thanks for the tip, MJ!
“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 ….
That’s good to know, Ankita! Thanks for sharing!
Hey Jacqueline, so glad you found the list useful. We’ve added more brands and shades to the list. Enjoy!