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Find your perfect foundation match

Two M.A.C Studio Radiance Foundations in different shades on a background of foundation swatches

Step 1 – Finding your undertone

Two M.A.C Studio Radiance Foundations and Studio Fix Powder on a white background with powder and foundation swatches behind them

The two main colour groups that we have throughout all our foundations are NW and NC. 

These stand for: Neutral Warm and Neutral Cool.

Side by side photos of Dominic Skinner, one with red pen circle on his forehead and cheeks

Find your shade

To find out if you’re more rosy or golden, you can take a picture of yourself in natural light with no make-up on.

Blur the photo out using your phone – this will leave you with a general all-over tone.

You may find that some parts of the skin are golden, but the majority is pink and vice versa – go with the colour you see the most.

If you identify both pink and golden tones you could be neutral, which we have shades available for.

Step 2 – Choosing your shade

Once you’ve decided whether you’re an NW or an NC, you can figure out which shade number you may be.

The lower the number, the lighter the shade. As the number increases, the shades get darker.

As a rough starting point for choosing your shade these are our most popular shades:


*UK NPD Makeup Report CY19 and UK IRi Cosmetics Report CY19. To verify, please contact consumercare-uk@gcc.maccosmetics.com.