MAC foundations 101

So what is it about MAC foundations that is driving a lot of men/girls/women (including myself) crrrazy? Definitely the two primary foundation types – NC and NW. You have to follow certain do’s and don’ts when it comes to choosing the right foundation for your skin tone which can be pretty daunting especially when you don’t know whether you are NC or NW in MAC.

I won’t say I’m a pro at this but I’ve definitely done my part of the research on it and if it helps you at all, what’s the harm? 😛

Now what is it with NC and NW and why is it so important to know the difference between the two? Well, it goes without saying that if you don’t know how they are different, you will, in all probability, end up buying a shade that does NOT suit your skin tone. And who wants to look like a buffoon anyway?

What is surface tone and under tone?

To put it simply, the kind of a colour you see on the surface of your skin (tan, deep…) is Surface tone and the subdued colour you see underneath it  (cool, warm, neutral) is the Under tone

What is cool, warm and neutral undertone?

Cool Undertone – If you have a pinkish or soft red tint to your skin, you burn easily in the sun, silver on you looks better than gold and  you have blue-ish veins on your forearm (think Nicole Kidman)

Warm Undertone – If you have golden, olive or yellow tint to your skin, you tan in the sun, gold looks better than silver and you have green-ish veins on your forearm (think Jennifer Aniston)

Jen An

Neutral Undertone – equal blend of cool and warm, you look good both in gold and silver, tan gradually (think Angelina Jolie)

Angelina Jolie

What do NC and NW stand for?

NCNot cool Neutral Cool

NWNot warm Neutral Warm

What the heck is it?

Usually if you have a cool undertone, you would go for NC and if you have a warm undertone, you would go for NW shade. BUT THAT’S WRONG. It’s the total opposite when it comes to MAC. NC is for those of you having a warm undertone because MAC believes it neutralises the overall tone of the skin and NW is for cool undertones (ofcourse the same principle applies).

If you still can’t figure out the undertone to your skin, visit MAC MUA, they’d be happy to help you! 🙂



3 thoughts on “MAC foundations 101

  1. NICE!!! This article was really interesting, I must say. I dint know about NW and NC and infact types of skin tones.. I would wait for such articles now 😀 Thanks..

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