Unfortunately for me I am able to write this blog post, unfortunate because I have tried and tested resulting in some major foundation 'tide lines' ah we've all been there! So I want to help all you gals or guys out there so you don't have the same problemo - just too nice arn't I.
So when it comes to picking ANY foundation not just MAC you need to work out what colour undertone your skin has, this has nothing to do with what shade of foundation you are, this is whether you have a Pink undertone or a Yellow undertone. To work out your undertone there are a number of things you can do, first of just have a look at yourself in a mirror with no make up on, you'll be able to see if you have a more Pinky tone to your skin or a Yellow tone, I don't mean full on pink just a hint of one or the other. Don't worry If you can't tell and it's not obvious that just means you probably have a neutral undertone which is just a mix between Pink and Yellow. If you have a neutral undertone the best way to work out what colour undertone foundation to go for is with your jewellery, do you suit Silver or Gold more? If you suit Silver more and it brings life to your face then you should go for a pink undertone foundation and if you suit Gold then you should go for a Yellow undertone foundation. Another way is to go off the colour of your veins, if you have blue veins then your a pink undestone and if there Green then your Yellow, my veins personally are Purple and Green so I always go for a Yellow undertone foundation. Don't be fooled that you have to have a darker more tanned skin colour to have a Yellow undertone, I'm pale and I have a Yellow undertone, yes it's harder to find pale Yellow undertone foundations but that's why Mac and other high end foundations are good due to there wide variety of colours, where drug store foundations don't always have a lot of colours and undertones to pick from. So to narrow that down a litte, Yellow undertone skin = Yellow undertone Foundation, Pink undertone skin = Pink undertone foundation and like I said before it's not a obvious Pink or Yellow just a subtle undertone.
Now to MAC, living in my tiny town we don't have a MAC store and the nearest MAC counter is in Manchester so I have had to work it out for myself. I have been to MAC and got 'matched' but she matched me with the total wrong colour, she matched me with a Pink undertone foundation when I am a Yellow but you know what it's like in them stores, you think they have to be right and I always feel soooooo uncomfortable at the counters I just agreed but getting home and using the foundation to find it was the complete wrong undertone was just a ball ache, especially when these foundations arn't cheap!
So, NW or NC?!
At Mac they have NW then what ever shade and NC and what ever shade. NC stands for Cool which are the Yellow undertone foundations and NW stands for Warm which are the Pink undertones. I hope people are following this ha. As you can see in the picture above there is a massive difference between the two considering there is only two shades difference between them. The NW18 is the colour I was matched with in the store and as you can see is not my colour, I could 100% wear a NC18 but because of the Pink undertone of the NW it looks far to orange on my skin, where as the NC15 matches me perfect because of the Yellow undertone. Once you decided whether you are a NW or a NC then you can pick your number, obviously the lower the number the lighter the shade of foundation. Never just think oh I'm super pale so I'll just go for the first one.
Just another example just to show you the difference, below are the same SHADE of foundation but in the two different undertones, you can see how the NW is more pink!
- Determine your skins undertone, Yellow or Pink?
- NC = Yellow
- NW = Pink
- Pick your shade
Bish Bash Bosh your good to go! Hope this helps :D