NC25 Foundation Matches

NC25 Foundation Matches

Since my YouTube description box keeps reaching maximum capacity, I thought it might be helpful to bring my nc25 foundation shade matches over here. I update my nc25 foundation shade list regularly since I do Foundation Road Tests pretty often.

Perhaps this also will help those of you MAC NC25 people out there who’ve stumbled upon this page but have never seen my YouTube channel at all but have simply been trying to find your foundation shade.

What Does NC25 Mean Anyway?

For those of you who don’t follow Mac foundation shades and don’t know what the heck NC25 foundation shades are, my skin tone is light/medium with warm, yellow undertones. Through the years I’ve tried to find my foundation shade my using a foundation match chart or a foundation shade finder. I’ve always found a Mac foundation shade finder helpful, so I hope you find this useful.

Finding the right foundation shade in person is difficult. It’s even harder when shopping and researching online. Without doing extensive research, chances are that you’ll end up with the wrong shade.

Looking for Concealer Matching Too?

Since I’m asked for my concealer matches so often, I recently added a concealer match list to my blog. If you’ve been struggling to find your perfect concealer shade to cover those pesky under eye circles, check it out!

Find Your Foundation Shade

If you’re an NC25 (or NC30 in the summer) or of light to medium skin tone with warm, yellow undertones, you can find your foundation shade equivalents here. Since I do Foundation Road Tests on my YouTube Channel regularly, I’ve also added the links to my foundation reviews where applicable. Happy matching!

 nc25 matches



  1. Freddi
    June 5, 2019 / 7:13 am

    Hi darling, could you please confirm which is the match for Fenty Foundation? I am a Mac NC25 like u.

  2. May 17, 2019 / 12:58 pm

    Hi Stephanie unfortunately I do not have yellow undertones in my skin I think I am more of a neutral and pinkish tones. I have tried beige foundations before and I just look orange. I am light to medium but like to wear a shade darker because I like having more color. Do you have any suggestions on shades for someone with my skin tone?

    • Stephanie Marie
      May 17, 2019 / 1:45 pm

      Hi Karrie! Unfortunately I don’t. These are my own matches that I’ve found match me based on all of my foundation tests and reviews and what matches me in daily use. I don’t have extensive knowledge of specific deeper, redder skin tone shades. Good luck to you!

  3. Lisette Dennis
    May 5, 2019 / 3:27 pm

    The tears of failed foundations and wasted money are no more! Thank you!!! 🤩🙌🏽

    • Stephanie Marie
      May 17, 2019 / 1:45 pm

      So glad it helps! Thank you!

  4. meishiru
    April 16, 2019 / 9:31 am

    I am SO glad that we have the same skin tone. Now, every time I buy a foundation I never have to go in a store with no make up on just to get a sample or swipe multiple shades across my bare face nor do I have to magically guess through the online photos which almost always never looks the same in person to find a shade match for me. Thank you for keeping this updated throughout your foundation road tests. Keep ’em coming!

    • Stephanie Marie
      May 17, 2019 / 1:46 pm

      Thank you! Glad to have you here and glad it helps you!

  5. Simsim
    April 12, 2019 / 3:49 am

    Hi 💜, nice recommendations & I really found my perfect shade accordingly….. thank you. Can you please tell me what would be the perfect match in Maybelline fit me dewy+smooth foundation for Maybelline fit me matte+poreless foundation shade-128?

    • Stephanie Marie
      May 17, 2019 / 1:47 pm

      Hi! All the foundations I’ve tried are listed above. I don’t use dewy and smooth as my skin type is oily/combination, so I don’t have a match for that one.

  6. Pink
    March 24, 2019 / 8:07 pm

    Hi, I am nc25 in Mac but struggling to find the bare minerals powder foundation (original) in that shade range. Please let me know what shade could be a match .

    • Stephanie Marie
      May 17, 2019 / 1:50 pm

      The Matte Foundation comes in the same shades as the original. I’m Golden Beige 13.

  7. Carolina lemus
    March 10, 2019 / 10:02 pm

    Thank you so much for the equivalent shades for nc25 Mac I am nc25 and this post help me a lot

  8. Viviana
    February 6, 2019 / 4:36 pm

    I am always struggling to find my foundation color. It’s either too dark, too grey or to orangey.
    I am going to subscribe to your channel.

    Thank you again.

  9. Sarah F
    January 16, 2019 / 6:07 pm

    Hi, can you confirm you’re a 4.0 in UD Naked Skin? I’m the same shade as you in other foundations, so picked this up in a 4.0 today and it looks super dark. Not sure why they don’t have a neutral in the 4’s… 3.25 was too light for me.

    • Aru
      March 3, 2019 / 7:27 pm

      Actually this particular foundation gets oxidized

    • Ana
      May 15, 2019 / 11:21 am

      I’m Nc25 and for naked I believe I’ve used 3 in the past.
      4 is too dark.

    • Stephanie Marie
      May 17, 2019 / 1:52 pm

      4.0 has always worked well for me. 3.25 works if I’m in the dead of winter and at my lightest. But year round 4.0 is my best match and not too dark for me and does not oxidize on me.

  10. Elenore
    January 15, 2019 / 12:14 am

    This is wonderful ! Please could you post your fenty foundation shade ?

  11. Tiffiany Ward
    January 3, 2019 / 10:24 pm

    Can you help with a match in the infailable when I wear EL DW in Rattan?

    • Faith
      April 11, 2019 / 6:22 am

      Try 140 Golden Beige. I’m also NC25 and I alternate it with Loreal Infallible pro matte

  12. pujuuuuuu
    December 30, 2018 / 9:55 am

    Can you tell the difference in between Warm nude and light beige in too faced born this way foundation??? are they same ???

    • Stephanie Marie
      May 17, 2019 / 1:53 pm

      Warm nude is a bit lighter than light beige if it’s the same as Peach Perfect foundation.

  13. Alicia
    December 29, 2018 / 11:54 am

    Thank you so much for this list!!! I struggle so much with finding shades that match me, and I always go off of my NC25 since that’s my closest match! I will definitely be subscribing to your YouTube channel! 🙂

  14. Silvia
    December 24, 2018 / 10:57 am

    Hi Stephanie, thanks for this list. I am NC25 as well and I use most of your foundation shades. It is very helpful. I hav a question regarding Charlotte Tilbury foundations. You and I both are shade 6 in the Magic foundation but shade 3 in the Light Wonder foundation. According to the foundation chart posted on Charlott’s website, both foundations should be shade 6.

    Elle Leary stated that she is shade 5 and she is more fair than you and I are. Was this posting incorrect? Is there a reason that you listed Charlotte Tilbury Light Foundation shade 3?

    • Stephanie Marie
      December 28, 2018 / 11:56 pm

      Hi Silvia! Those are the two shades I have and they both work for my skin. When swatched next to each other on the hand and on my face, they’re not that far off from each other…so much so that it’s odd that there are several shades in between. I’d go by her chart as 3 is what was sent to me from Charlotte Tilbury and although it worked fine, a shade or two deeper may work better. I listed it as a match because it blended in just fine for me. 🙂

  15. Diedre Vaughn
    December 16, 2018 / 4:47 pm

    I don’t know if it’s just hard for us NC25-30s to find a shade that works, but this list is a godsend! I’ve added it to my home page. I’ve noticed Tati Westbrook wears the same color foundation I do in a few brands we share, so I try to use her as a reference, but it’s not always easy to find her shade in certain brands! I love that I’ll have this list at my fingertips! Thanks so much for the trouble it took to do this for us!!

    • Stephanie Marie
      December 16, 2018 / 4:51 pm

      I’m so glad it helps you! I did it for that reason…I always found myself on the hunt for matches! I added a concealer match list as well! Thank you Diedre!

  16. Ceci
    December 7, 2018 / 5:27 pm

    Thank you SO much for posting this! I’m NC25/30 and almost all of your shades listed are ones that I have matched myself to previously. I hope you keep adding to this list and I’ll be here to read it all!

  17. Priscila
    December 4, 2018 / 1:25 pm

    THANK YOU for this list! You’ve saved us so much time and cash! This is much appreciated. 🙂

    Two questions!

    1) Do you have an absolute fave out of this list? Or at least a Top 3? Wondering if I should stray from my regulars… haha.

    2) Do you have any NC25 matches in NYX?

    Thanks again!

      • Priscila
        December 16, 2018 / 8:44 pm

        Thank you!

  18. Rosey
    November 27, 2018 / 5:39 am

    This is great…thank you!
    Have you tried Face Atelier?

  19. Caren
    October 28, 2018 / 4:16 am

    So useful! Thank you so much!!

  20. Shawnne
    July 2, 2018 / 8:16 pm

    Thank you so much for this list! Most of my foundation are the same shades as yours! Just a few different shades like I’m light medium neutral for the Tarte clay stick. But I tried the Mac studio fix fluid NC25 and it seems like it’s a bit darker than my neck. I’m not sure mayb it oxidizes? I’m not sure if I should try Nc20 in case it’s gonna end up being too light for me.. 😰

    • Trish
      July 27, 2018 / 3:38 pm

      Thank you so much!!!!! This is a fabulous list and you match most of what I wear. I am so thankful!!

  21. Fatima
    June 30, 2018 / 1:04 am

    You should review the Huda Beauty Foundation… !!!

  22. Fabienne
    June 27, 2018 / 8:00 am

    Love this post! It’s so nice that there’s finally someone who has gone through the trouble of testing and listing al these NC25 matches. Keep up the good work!!

    I would be really curious to see what shade you are in the Huda Faux Filter foundation. I love that foundation so much, it has great coverage and lasts all day, but it oxidizes, making it hard to find the right shade (240N Toasted Coconut seems to dark after all)
    Do you plan on testing this foundation? Would be so helpful haha!

    • Stephanie Marie
      July 7, 2018 / 8:02 pm

      Honestly, it’s not a foundation I’ve been interested in trying but so many of you have asked about it so I probably should. LOL!

      • Grace
        January 27, 2019 / 7:48 am

        Hi Stephanie, your foundation color match list is my go to chart. What color match are you for Marc remarkable foundation? Thinking of trying it.

  23. Bela Narang
    June 24, 2018 / 10:19 am

    Thank u soo much Stephanie💖 its a wonderful post and i would like to again compliment u that u ate so well organised 💖💞
    Love u on UT and this new find
    Love from India

    • Stephanie Marie
      July 7, 2018 / 8:03 pm

      Thanks Bela! 🙂

  24. Dina Herron
    June 14, 2018 / 6:19 am

    Have you tested Chanel Sublimage?

    • Stephanie Marie
      July 7, 2018 / 8:04 pm

      I have not. Just the Chanel Velvet and other foundations you see listed. 🙂

  25. Tiffany
    June 12, 2018 / 2:40 pm

    You have no idea how helpful this is for me for the shades – I’ve struggled forever to get the correct shade and now I can because every shade you list matches me .. seriously you have no idea how much I appreciate this!!

    • Stephanie Marie
      July 7, 2018 / 8:04 pm

      I’m so glad you find it helpful Tiffany! Thanks so much for the feedback as well! 🙂

  26. Michelle
    June 5, 2018 / 9:18 pm

    Hi Stephanie, between L’oreal True Match W4 and Maybelline Fit Me Matte & Poreless Foundation – 128, which one is darker in your opinion? Thank you for your help.

    • Stephanie Marie
      July 7, 2018 / 8:29 pm

      Hi Michelle! The L’Oreal might be a tad bit deeper once it’s blended out but not enough to notice. They both match my skin nicely. The L’Oreal has a more golden undertone to it.

  27. Sandy
    May 1, 2018 / 2:26 pm

    OMG! Thank you so much for doing this. I have searched with trial and error for my perfect foundation match and your blog is EXTREMELY helpful. We seem to have similar, if not exact, foundation shades. I have bookmarked this page. Just wanted to let you know I appreciate what you do.

    • Stephanie Marie
      May 18, 2018 / 1:15 pm

      Thanks so much Sandy!

  28. Kristen Zeigler
    April 5, 2018 / 12:50 pm

    Help! How about the NC25 equivalent color for Giorgio Armani luminous silk foundation?

    • Stephanie Marie
      May 18, 2018 / 1:17 pm

      I tried LS before I started my YouTube channel/blog and it slid off my skin. Unfortunately I don’t recall my shade match because I returned it pretty quickly!

      • May 27, 2018 / 8:21 am

        Do you know the shade NC25 in the Maybelline product

        • Stephanie Marie
          July 7, 2018 / 8:08 pm

          Hi! I have several Maybelline foundations listed with all the matches listed next to their product names. 🙂

  29. Lee Lee T
    March 27, 2018 / 8:34 pm

    For anyone who is not an NC25, or even close to it, there is a website called Findation. You plug in your current foundation and it will match you with almost every brand, a very helpful beauty tip. You’re welcome .

    • Jennifer
      June 26, 2018 / 4:40 pm

      Bless you!

  30. Serina
    March 14, 2018 / 7:54 pm

    Wow you and I have the perfect match on everything! Awesome post

  31. Kecia Richardson
    March 12, 2018 / 1:55 pm

    What is your opinion of the CoverFX Power Play? Love your videos!

    • Stephanie Marie
      March 12, 2018 / 11:04 pm

      Hi Kecia!

      I haven’t tested it yet. Stay tuned! 🙂 Thank you!

  32. akilee
    March 9, 2018 / 6:11 am

    Love this!!! Btw are you using the hudabauty faux filter foundation? If yes, can I ask what shade are you using? Because i heard reviews that the foundation REALLY oxidizes so I wanted to make sure I’m ordering the right shade.

    • Stephanie Marie
      March 11, 2018 / 11:43 pm

      I’ve not tried that. Thank you!

  33. parissa
    March 5, 2018 / 2:33 pm

    Have you tried the Osmosis Satin foundation? We are the same match in foundation, I want to try it and didn’t know what color to try! Thanks for sharing all your color matches.

    • Stephanie Marie
      March 11, 2018 / 11:43 pm

      I haven’t. 🙂

  34. Jax
    March 1, 2018 / 4:37 pm

    Have you tried the huda foundation? and your thoughts on it.

    I think we are foundation twinsies, and wondering what shade would you pick if you don’t have it already?

    • Stephanie Marie
      March 11, 2018 / 11:44 pm

      I haven’t. Everything I’ve tried is in my list. 🙂

  35. Kaki
    February 14, 2018 / 5:28 pm

    Do you have any recommendations for Bobbi Brown? Thanks! Love your blog!

  36. Katie
    February 12, 2018 / 3:43 am

    Love your YT videos! They’ve been so helpful for me – and this list! My skin tone and type is very much like yours.
    Have you, or are you planning to try the Tarte Amazonian Clay 12 Hour foundation? I’d love to see what you think of it.

    • Stephanie Marie
      March 11, 2018 / 11:46 pm

      I have it here now. I’ve tried it here and there but not full out. I’ve got so many here to try right now. If you’re subscribed to my YT, it should either show up as a review or in a favorites/fails video at some point! 🙂 Thank you!

  37. Barbara
    January 19, 2018 / 3:54 pm

    OMGGGGGG!!!! A million thank yousssss!! I have been searching high and low for a page like this that would break down all the matches in all the different brands. I’ve come across a few but never like this one. We’re the same exact color so you have made it easy peasy for me to go into most places now and know exactly what color I need without spending forever in there trying to pick the right one. Thank you soooo much!! 🙂

    • Stephanie Marie
      February 2, 2018 / 12:44 am

      I’m glad it helps Barbara! I’m happy to do it. I asked myself what I was looking for when I was searching for matches in the past and this was pretty much it. I, like you, could never find an all-encompassing list! I’ll keep it updated as I go! 🙂

      • Barbara
        March 9, 2018 / 8:41 am

        Yesss our skin tone is a bit off. Not too light and not tan. It can be a headache searching for the right shade. I either look like a ghost or like my face was the only thing that went into a tanning bed. Lol. It’s truly appreciated. Thanks for taking the time to do this for us!! 🙂

  38. Lizzie
    January 19, 2018 / 2:35 am

    Thanks for your helpful post, especially any comments on whether the foundation is a close fit or too light/dark/yellow/etc!

    I am an NC25 in Mac SFF and several of your mentioned foundations match what I currently own… Wished I had seen this before I got my Too Faced BTW one.. Looking forward to seeing more foundies (like maybe the Urban Decay All Nighter, ABH stick, Tom Ford, Armani, Rimmell) to your list! 🙂

    • Stephanie Marie
      February 2, 2018 / 12:45 am

      Thanks Lizzie!

  39. Viv
    January 9, 2018 / 5:02 pm

    What shade are you in the L’oreal Lumi Cushion?

    Thank you!

    • Stephanie Marie
      February 2, 2018 / 12:52 am

      Why didn’t I put that in there? LOL! W3 is my shade most of the year. I have W4 too for the dead of summer. 🙂

  40. Naar
    December 24, 2017 / 4:37 am

    Please try the Fenty Beauty Foundation!! I need to know your thoughts since we have the same foundation shade and skin type❤️❤️❤️ Btw i love all your reviews!!

  41. Jamie
    December 1, 2017 / 10:28 pm

    Why have I not seen your blog before? Would have saved me so much effort! lol. Awesome suggestions! Following you on yt ♥

    • Stephanie Marie
      December 7, 2017 / 9:52 am

      Haha! Thanks so much Jamie! Glad to have you here and on YT!

  42. Erica
    November 26, 2017 / 6:24 pm

    I just stumbled upon your blog and this post is beyond perfect!!

    • Stephanie Marie
      November 29, 2017 / 12:27 am

      Thank you Erica! 🙂

  43. Miryam Aguiñaga
    November 6, 2017 / 11:51 pm

    You Shade in Fenty Beauty?

    • Stephanie Marie
      November 7, 2017 / 8:22 am

      I’m not sure. It hasn’t been in stock in my store to try.

  44. Alison
    November 6, 2017 / 7:58 pm

    New follower on YouTube and Instagram – Saw your note about Too Faced Cocoa Powder Foundation not being discontinued. I hope so!! It’s been my fav for a while and I was so upset when they said I could no longer get it at my Ulta. Do you know when it will be available? Love the videos ❤️!

    • Stephanie Marie
      November 7, 2017 / 8:22 am

      Hi and welcome! I’m not sure about the timeframe but I hope soon! If I find out I’ll let you know! Thanks so much Alison!

  45. Nabiha
    October 19, 2017 / 3:28 pm

    Hey Stephanie please try Huda foundation and find the match for Nars foundation,shade Punjab. I have heard it has wonderful coverage

    • Stephanie Marie
      October 22, 2017 / 8:29 pm

      I’ve not heard great things for oily/combo skin so I haven’t been in a huge rush. But I may look into it with the VIB sale! 🙂 Thanks for the suggestion!

  46. Zoe
    October 11, 2017 / 4:22 am

    Thank you! This is beyond useful!!!

    • Stephanie Marie
      October 12, 2017 / 4:24 pm

      Thank you Zoe! 🙂

  47. Sid
    October 5, 2017 / 3:28 pm

    OMG how have I only come across your bloggs now! This has helped me so much. We match in so many foundations. I was hoping you could maybe find a match for the fenty beauty foundation as I tried 250 but it was waaay too dark xxx

    • Stephanie Marie
      October 12, 2017 / 4:24 pm

      Hi! Thanks so much! I do regular reviews on my YouTube channel if you’re over there too! Glad to have you here! I haven’t tried it yet because I’ve heard SUCH mixed things about it with oily/combo skin and I’ve found such awesome foundations for my skin type lately! I didn’t know if it would even be worth it. I may look into it with the upcoming fall Sephora sale though!

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