The Foundation Matrix

Are you new to the world of foundation or have you never felt like you've found an ideal shade match? Not to worry -- we can still help! We just ask you to answer the following questions...

What is Your Primary Undertone?

One of the quickest ways to figure out your undertone is to look at the underside of your wrist and see what color your veins seem to be. Green veins indicate a warmer, yellower undertone, while bluer veins indicate a cooler, pinker undertone. If you feel like it's a mix of both, it suggests you have neutral or olive undertones.

If you find gold jewelry, warm, golden tones more flattering on you, you probably have warm, yellow undertones. If you find silver jewelry, cool tones more flattering on you, you probably have cool, pink undertones.

Just one last question, and we'll have your matches ready for you!

What is Your Skintone?

Here's a helpful reference guide on how some of the most popular shade matches stack up to skin tones:

Cool complexions usually have pink undertones

  • Fairest (Bobbi Brown Alabaster, MAC NW10, MUFE 107, NARS Siberia)
  • Fair (Bobbi Brown Porcelain, MAC NW15, MUFE 110, NARS Mont Blanc)
  • Light (Bobbi Brown Warm Ivory, MAC NW20, MUFE 115/118, NARS Deauville)
  • Light-Medium (Bobbi Brown Sand, MAC NW25, MUFE 125/127, NARS Punjab/Sante Fe)
  • Medium (Bobbi Brown Cool Beige, MAC NW30, MUFE 135/140, NARS Santa Fe/Barcelona)
  • medium-tan (Bobbi Brown Natural, MAC NW35, MUFE 150/160, NARS Barcelona)
  • Tan (Bobbi Brown Natural Tan, MAC NW40/43, MUFE 175, NARS Cadiz)
  • dark tan (Bobbi Brown Golden, MAC NW44/45/47, MUFE 178, NARS New Guinea)
  • Deep Dark (Pink) (Bobbi Brown Walnut, MAC NW50/55, MUFE 180, NARS Tortuga)

Neutral complexions usually have beige or olive undertones

  • Fairest (Bobbi Brown Alabaster, MAC Matchmaster 1, MUFE 110, NARS Siberia)
  • Fair (Bobbi Brown Porcelain, MAC N1, MUFE 115/117, NARS Gobi)
  • Light (Chanel B20, MAC N2, MUFE 117/20, NARS Deauville)
  • Light-Medium (Bobbi Brown Beige, MAC N3, MUFE 125/127, NARS Ceylan)
  • Medium (Chanel B30, MAC NC/NW30, MUFE 128, NARS Stromboli)
  • medium-tan (Chanel B40, MAC NC/NW35, MUFE 128)
  • Tan (Bobbi Brown Honey, MAC NC/NW40, MUFE 170)
  • dark tan (MAC NC/NW45, NARS Syracuse)
  • Deep Dark (MAC NC/NW50/55, Revlon Cappuccino)
  • Deep Dark (Red) (MAC NC/NW50/55, MAC Matchmaster 7.5)
  • Deep Dark (Yellow) (MAC NC/NW50/55, MUFE 75)

Warm complexions usually have yellow undertones

  • Fairest (Bobbi Brown Alabaster, MAC NC10, MUFE 110, NARS Siberia)
  • Fair (Bobbi Brown Porcelain, MAC NC15, MUFE 115, NARS Mont Blanc)
  • Light (Bobbi Brown Warm Ivory, MAC NC20, MUFE 118, NARS Ceylan/Deauville)
  • Light-Medium (Bobbi Brown Beige, MAC NC25, MUFE 118/120, NARS Fiji)
  • Medium (Bobbi Brown Warm Beige, MAC NC30, MUFE 123/125, NARS Punjab)
  • medium-tan (Bobbi Brown Warm Natural, MAC NC35/37, MUFE 128/140, NARS Stromboli)
  • Tan (Bobbi Brown Warm Honey, MAC NC40/42/43, MUFE 150/155, NARS Barcelona)
  • dark tan (Bobbi Brown Golden, MAC NC44/45/47, MUFE 170/173, NARS Macao)
  • Deep Dark (Peach) (Bobbi Brown Deep Tint, MAC NC50/55, MUFE 70, NARS Macao)
  • Deep Dark (Red) (Bobbi Brown Espresso, MAC NC50/55, MUFE 178/180, NARS NARS Macao)
  • Deep Dark (Yellow) (Bobbi Brown Warm Walnut, MAC NC50/55, MUFE 175/180, NARS NARS Macao)