Sunday, January 23, 2011

Awesome Tool: MAC Foundation Finder

Shopping for the right foundation can be a lot like shopping for a bikini: intimidating, frustrating and time consuming.

I have people calling me all day long, asking me which foundation color would be right for them and which type of foundation color they should get. I have to admit, it's really tough color matching someone's foundation over the phone. It makes it a lot easier if a client is already using a foundation color from another brand, like say MAC. If a client already knows a color that works for them, it makes it a million times easier to match their foundation color in a different brand.

Luckily, there are a few tricks I have found online to help determine which foundation color would be right for one's skin. I am a huge MAC fan. MAC was the first "grown up" make up I wore after high school. Not only is MAC awesome for its wide variety of shades and colors in all of their products, but they also have a handy foundation finder located on their website. It's great having a wide variety of products to choose from, but if you don't know what you're looking for, it can be a little intimidating.

MAC Cosmetics Foundation Finder

This helpful video guide takes the mystery out of foundations by breaking down step-by-step on how to find the right MAC foundation for you. The interactive tool explains in detail all the different types of foundation coverage, finishes, shades and undertones. The Foundation Finder will help you find the right type of foundation for you, based on your foundation concerns and desires. The only way to find the true foundation color that works for your skin is to go inside a MAC store to be color matched.

So Kiss & Makeup has a fabulous MAC Cosmetics Shade Guide on their website. The chart breaks down MAC foundation codes. Are you a NC25 and always wondered what that stood for in MAC language? This Shade Guide will break it all down for you, in-detail.

Here's to happy foundation shopping!!


  1. MAC is too much for my skin which sucks because I loved it right out of high school but something changed & my skin became too sensitive for it. I do like this tool though & will definitely be sharing it. Great post!

  2. Just be sure to step out of the store into matural light, as the lighting in the store can lead to buying the wrong color. I wear Revlon Colorstay in Buff, and Revlon Photo Finish in Vanilla, but when I went to a MAC counter inside Macy's, I got "matched" to NC30, too dark for me. I have to cut it with a lighter color.

    1. I agree! Whether you're in MAC, Sephora or Walgreen's shopping for a foundation, always try the foundation under multiple lights. Ideally, you'll want to see what the foundation looks like on your skin in natural light since that will give you the truest sense as to what it will look like on your skin.

      Finding the perfect shade of foundation is like finding the perfect paid of jeans. Once you find it, you stock up and buy in bulk because they feel and look so good.