NW15 to NC20 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.


Neutral when pale but golden/yellow when tanned

If NW15 is too light for you and NC20 is too dark for you, these foundation shades might suit you:

Armani Luminous Silk 3
Armani Luminous Silk 2
Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua 20 Beige
Clinique Even Better Creamwhip (summer)
Cover FX Total Cream Cover N20
Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage SC-2
MAC Blot Powder Medium-Dark (summer)
MAC Face and Body C3 (in summer)
MAC Studio Waterweight NW 15
MAC Studio Waterweight Powder Light Plus (summer)
Maybelline Dream Lumi Touch Nude
Maybelline Fit Me 15
MUFE Ultra HD Y225
Rimmel Match Perfection Fair
Tarte Maracuja Creaseless Concealer Medium (undereye only)
YSL Fusion Ink B20
YSL Touche Eclat No. 1 and No. 2

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