MAC NC45 to NC50 Foundation Matches/Equivalents

MAC NC45 and NC50

MAC Cosmetics

MAC NC45: bronze with golden undertone for dark skin

MAC NC50: rich brown with golden undertone for deep dark 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.

If MAC NC45 is too light for you and NC50 is too dark for you, these foundation shades might suit you:

Burberry Cashmere
43 Almond 
Dolce & Gabbana
The Perfect Matte
148 Amber 
Lancome Teint
Idole Ultra 24H
460 Suede W Review
L’Oréal Paris True Match
Loose Powder Mineral Foundation
Soft SableReview
L’Oreal Paris True Match
Lumi Healthy Luminous Makeup
C6 Soft SableReview
L’Oreal Paris True Match
Super-Blendable Compact Makeup
SPF 17
Soft Sable C6
L’Oreal Paris Makeup True Match
Super-Blendable Liquid Foundation
Soft Sable C6Review
MAC Face and Body N9 Review
MAC Studio
Fix Foundation
Make Up Forever
Ultra HD Foundation
Marc Jacobs
82 Cocoa Light 
Maybelline Fit Me! Matte + Poreless
Foundation Powder 
332 Golden Caramel
Maybelline New York Fit Me
Matte + Poreless Liquid Foundation
332 Golden CaramelReview
Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer144 CaramelReview
Maybelline New York Super Stay
Full Coverage Liquid Foundation
332 Golden CaramelReview
Milani Conceal + Perfect 2-in-1
Foundation + Concealer
10 Golden Tan
(warm yellow undertone)
MUFE HD178.0 
NARS Sheer GlowTahoe Review
Revlon Colorstay foundation
for combination/oily skin
400 Caramel
(warm undertones)
Urban Decay
Naked Skin

Want more? Check out the Find Your Foundation Match Mega List.

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