MAC NC42 Foundation Matches


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Updated: 2/8/24

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.


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 NC42 foundations

Try these foundation/concealer shades if you are matched to MAC NC42:

Anastasia Beverly Hills Stick Foundation Caramel
Becca Bamboo
Bobbi Brown Foundation Stick 5.5 Warm Honey
(yellow undertones)
Bobbi Brown Skin Long-Wear Weightless SPF15 FoundationWarm Honey
(yellow undertones)
Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder foundation
Charlotte Tilbury Magic Away Concealer8
Clinique Even Better foundationWN 94 Deep Neutral
(warm-neutral undertone)
Dior Forever Concealer3N (for brightening undereye)
(neutral undertone)
Dior Forever Concealer4N (exact match)
(neutral undertone)
e.l.f. 16HR Camo concealerTan Sand
(olive undertones)
e.l.f. Halo Glow Liquid Filter5 Medium/Tan
(warm undertone)
e.l.f Hydrating Camo concealerTan Sand
(olive undertones)
Estee Lauder Double Wear4W1 Honey Bronze
(warm golden undertones)
(olive friendly)
Estee Lauder Double Wear 4N2 Spiced Sand
(neutral golden undertones)
Fenty Pro Filtr'320
Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk 7.5Review
Hourglass Vanish Airbrush concealerFlax
(golden undertone)
Huda Beauty FauxFilter Brown Sugar 410G
ILIA Super Serum Skin Tint SPF 40ST13 Kamari
(neutral warm undertone)
IT Cosmetics CC CreamTanReview
Kat Von D Lock-It Concealer CrèmeDeep 31
Kat Von D Lock It Tattoo FoundationMedium 62
Kay Beauty Hydrating Foundation 170y
Koh Gen Do Maifanshi Aqua Foundation301 Neutral Warm
Kosas Revealer concealer7 (for brightening undereye area)
(neutral warm undertones)
Kosas Revealer concealer7.5 (exact shade)
(subtle peach undertones)
Kosas Tinted Face Oil7.5
(warm undertones)
L.A. Girl Pro Coverage Liquid FoundationBronze
L.A. Girl Pro Matte foundationCafe
Lakme 9 To 5 Primer + Matte Perfect Cover Foundation 320
(olive undertone)
Lancome Teint Idole Ultra Wear Camouflage Concealer420N Bisque (N)
Lancôme Teint Idole foundation420N Bisque (N)Review
Lancome Teint Idole Ultra Longwear Foundation Stick SPF 21420N Bisque (N)
Laura Mercier Flawless Lumiere Radiance-Perfecting Foundation4W2 Chai
Laura Mercier Moisturizing Silk Crème Cashew Beige
L'Oreal Age Perfect Radiant Serum foundation80 Golden Sun
(warm undertone)
L'Oreal Infallible Fresh Wear Foundation (liquid)486 Toasted Almond
(warm undertones)
L'Oreal Infallible Fresh Wear Foundation in a Powder260 Golden Sun
(golden warm undertone)
L'Oreal Infallible Full Wear concealerToffee
L'Oreal Infallible Pro-Glow Foundation208 Sun Beige
L'Oreal Infallible Total Cover FoundationSun Beige
L'Oreal True Match Lumi Healthy Luminous MakeupW6 Sun BeigeReview
L'Oreal True Match Mineral Loose Powder FoundationSun Beige W6Review
L'Oreal Makeup True Match Super-Blendable Liquid FoundationSun Beige W6Review
L'Oreal Visible Lift Serum Absolute FoundationSun Beige
MAC Blot PowderMedium Dark
MAC Face & Body C5Review
MAC Mineralize Moisture NC42
MAC Studio Finish Concealer SPF 35NC42
MAC Studio Fix 24-hr Smooth ConcealerNC42
MAC Studio Fix Fluid SPF 15 NC42Review
MAC Studio Fix Powder Plus FoundationNC42Review
MAC Studio Sculpt SPF 15 FoundationNC42
MAC Studio Fix Soft Matte Foundation StickNC42
MAC Studio Tech Cream-to-Powder foundationNC42
MAC Pro Longwear ConcealerNC42
MAC Pro Longwear Nourishing Waterproof foundationNC42
MARS BB Cream Foundation Tan
Marc Jacobs Re(marc)able Honey Deep 58
Makeup Forever Ultra HD Y385
Makeup Forever Ultra HD liquid foundation Y415
Makeup Forever Ultra HD Stick foundation Y415
Makeup Revolution Conceal & Define ConcealerC11
Maybelline Dream Urban Cover All-In-One Protective Makeup SPF 50310 Warm Honey
Maybelline Fit Me Dewy + Smooth Warm Honey 322
(neutral undertones)
Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless foundation332 Golden CaramelReview
Maybelline Fit Me Pressed Powder332 Golden CaramelReview
Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circles Treatment Multi-Use Concealer142 GoldenReview
Maybelline SuperStay Better Skin FoundationWarm Honey
Maybelline Super Stay Full Coverage Foundation 312 GoldenReview
Maybelline Super Stay Skin Tint312
(medium with warm undertones)
Milani Conceal + Perfect 2-in-1 Foundation + Concealer06A Deep Beige
(neutral undertone)
Miss Claire Everyday Foundation Cinnamon
Missha M Perfect Cover BB Cream#31 Golden Beige
NARS All Day Luminous Powder Foundation SPF 24Syracuse
NARS All Day Luminous Weightless foundation Syracuse
NARS Natural Radiant Longwear FoundationSyracuse
NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer Biscuit
(for brightening undereye area)
NARS Radiant Creamy ConcealerCaramel
(exact shade)
NARS Sheer Glow foundation SyracuseReview
NARS Sheer Matte FoundationSyracuse
NARS Soft Matte foundationAruba
(olive friendly)
NY Bae Dewy Drops
Liquid foundation
NYX Total Control Drops Golden
PAC HD Liquid Foundation 3.3
Revlon Colorstay concealer050 Medium Deep
Revlon Colorstay liquid foundation for combination/oily skin370 Toast
(warm undertones)
Sephora1Y09 or 2Y09
Sephora Collection 10Hr foundation Walnut
Sephora Color IQ2Y09
SUGAR Ace of Face Foundation Stick 47
Shiseido Synchro Skin Self-Refreshing Foundation 410
Tarte Amazonian Clay Full Coverage Foundation SPF 15Tan Sand
Tarte Clay Stick FoundationTan Sand
Tarte Shape Tape ConcealerTan Sand
The Ordinary Serum foundation2.1Y
(yellow undertones)
Tom Ford Traceless Foundation Stick7.7 Honey
Too Faced Born This Way foundation SandReview
Too Faced Born This Way Super Coverage Multi-Use Sculpting ConcealerSand
UD Naked 6
Wet n wild Mega cushion Foundation Honey Beige
YSL Touche Eclat Beige 60

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      Hi Nicole, for NC42 skin tone, Dior Forever concealer in 3N will brighten the undereye area. 3N is a shade with neutral undertones.

      For concealing the rest of your face, such as blemishes, shade 4N (neutral undertone) is an exact match for NC42.

      Hope this helps!

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