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.


MAC NC42 true medium beige with golden undertone for medium skin

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


Becca Bamboo
Bobbi Brown Foundation Stick Golden Honey or Warm HoneyReview
Estee Lauder Double Wear 4N2 Spiced SandReview
Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk 8Review
Kat Von D Lock It Medium 62
Laura Mercier Moisturizing Silk Crème Cashew Beige
MAC Face & Body C5Review
MAC Mineralize Moisture NC 42
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
Maybelline Fit Me Dewy + Smooth Warm Honey 322Review
Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless Warm Honey 322Review
NARS Luminous Weightless Tahoe, Cadiz or Syracuse
NARS Radiant Cream Foundation Barcelona
NARS Sheer Glow Tahoe, Cadiz or SyracuseReview
Sephora1Y09 or 2Y09
Sephora Collection 10Hr foundation Walnut
Sephora Color IQ2Y09
Too Faced Born This Way SandReview
UD Naked 6
Urban Decay Naked Skin 6 or 7
YSL Touche Eclat Beige 60
Tarte Amazonian Clay Foundation Tan Deep Sand

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