Wednesday, 22 September 2010

A guide to MAC foundation colors. C? NC? N? NW? W?

So many of you are confused as to what the difference is between MAC's foundation shades (C, NC, N, W, NW). Its pretty simple unless your really rubbish at remembering! Okay so....

C - Stands for Cool. Best for yellow, golden olive skin.
NC - Stands for Neutral Cool. So is best for skins with a slight golden glow. Common color.
N - Stands for Neutral. Beige skin. Common color. (only available in Studio Fix Foundation)
W - Stands for warm. So best for pinkish skin.
NW - Stands for Neutral warm. Pink beige skin. If you have irish in your blood you could be W or NW.

Ive found MAC foundations to be so easy to apply. Unlike most foundations it doesnt dry as quickly so its very much easy to blend and smooth out. It also doesnt have that powdery look afterwards so its great for all skin types including dry. Most of all there isnt that awful shine you get with some foundations, even if your skin is oily MAC foundations seem to work with every skin type.  You can layer the foundation up or keep it to simply not there bare.  They are a great way to get your perfect match with their personal colour chart that Highstreet Brands just simply dont have. I myself go between NC30 and NC40 - a great way to mix.

22 comments:

  1. Great help, thanks a lot, I knew about NW and NC and assumed N was neutral but wasn't too sure about N and W.

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  2. i need help!!!!!!!

    im very pale and i bought mac studio fix powder, NC15. I want to buy the face and body foundation because it was used for a photoshoot and it was perfect for my skin but im not sure what shade was used. so which shade is nearest to NC15 in the face and body!

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    1. I'm sorry if I come off as being a smartass, but NC15 IS the name of the shade. So, just as you bought the NC15 powder, you'd also buy the NC15 liquid.

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    2. Most likely c1.

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    3. Well colorbug if you were really as smart as your implying you would know that the mac face and body range uses a different color name. Instead of nc and nw it uses c and n. Thats why she was asking. It is a completely different thing.

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  3. Hello, great help! But I am still wondering about what colour I should pick. I will order the Studio Fix Fluid SPF 15 from MAC, and now I have Fit Me foundation from maybelline, number 130. What colour at the MAC foundation do you think I should order?

    If you want to help me with that you can email me back at stinochkaa@hotmail.com :)

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  4. I love MAC concealers..I wear NW30, I have beige skin but I'm Indian and I do get reddish in the heat/cold. So the girl at the make up counter was right on! I would advise to go to a MAC store or Macy's before buying this product online..They will try it on you, to see which color matches. It's a bit pricey so it's best to make sure to get the right one.

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  5. I am NC 30 in the MAC Studio Fix fluid but i want to go one shade lighter and use the Pro longwear, does that mean i should be NC25?

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  6. Thanks for clearing up the colour shades issue for me :)

    I was recently just matched for the Pro longwear and the MUA suggested that I am a NC20 (got a sample, as was out of stock), but following your guide I should be in the NW range as I am fair with fairly red cheeks, do you think he suggested that to counter balance the redness? or do you think I should go for NW20 instead?

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  7. Since forever have I been told that warm is for yellows (greenish veins and tans easily), and cool is for pinks (bluish veins and sun sensitivity)...neutrals are somewhere in between. I am still convinced of that.

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  8. It should really be mentioned here that MAC does NOT adhere to the beauty world standard in their definitions of warm and cool (as Anonymous above has mentioned). Basically every other makeup company sticks to the real definitions-- that warm skin tones have yellow/olive undertones and cool skin tones have pink undertones, not the other way around. MAC uses the reverse for some reason, but they are the only respected makeup brand that I have seen that does this. So, just a warning that people should NOT use MAC's definitions of warm and cool when buying ANY other foundation (aside from MAC's, of course). I hope not too many people see this guide and think that these definitions of warm and cool are the standard because there is no warning to the contrary!

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  9. I have blue eyes and medium brown hair my skin is pale to medium,which do you think I should go for,I always seem to get it wrong

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  10. Hie. Please help me. I have bought Mac Studio Fix NW45 and everyone (including myself) seem to be of the opinion that it is making me look a bit darker. Kindly advise which shade comes before NW45? I believe I need just one shade lighter. Help

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  11. Which face & body color is closest to studio sculpt nc37? Thanks

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  12. Im using maybelline stick foundation in the shade 120 can someone advise me which shade i should buy from the studio fix line?

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    1. You would be an NC20 ! ��

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  13. Can someone help me. I'm VERY pale almost see through but hate pinkish looking foundation preferring yellow tones which do seem to suit me. What colour would you recommend for MAC opaque full coverage foundation x

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  14. HI, the mac guy gave me my studio fix powder in shade c 4.5, I am wondering what my shade would be in NC?

    Thanks

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  15. I was told by the girls at a MAC counter that NW stands for "Not Warm" and "Warm" skin tones are yellow and olive, therefore; NW is for people with pink/beige undertones. And vice versa with NC.

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    1. Not warm? I don't think that does excist, not warm is cool and cool is C so...

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  16. If u cud help me...i went to a store n dey recommended nc41 studio fix fluid foundation n my frnd gt nc 37 fix fluid foundation ...is it a huge difference... Or it can work..pls help

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