A guide to finding the perfect foundation

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Finding the perfect foundation is by no means an easy task, which is why we’ve put together some top tips to help you find the perfect match… just call us cupid. With free delivery on all orders, 90-day returns and 10% off with your UNiDAYS discount, there’s every reason to explore MAC’s market leading shade range.

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When looking for your foundation, there’s two main considerations to think about: formula and shade. What coverage and finish do you prefer? What depth and undertone do you need? If you’re not sure where to start, M·A·C are offering free online consultations at a time and date which suits you!


How much of your natural skin do you like to be seen through your foundation? At M·A·C, all the foundations come in sheer, medium and buildable/full, so you can choose the right coverage for you. Whether you’re looking for something light to wear everyday or full coverage for nights out, there are plenty of options.

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Are you all about the glowy or matte look? M·A·C foundations come in a range of finishes. Matte foundations are great for combination and oily skin types, and are often preferred by people who are concerned with texture and pores. If this is your skin type, try Studio Fix Fluid SPF15 Foundation or Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation.

If you prefer a natural and healthy glow to your foundation, a satin finish could be your option with Studio Fix Tech Cream-to-Powder Foundation, which is great for all skin types.

If a glowy foundation look is your vibe, these foundations normally contain moisturising ingredients that make them great for dry or dehydrated skin. Studio Radiance Face and Body Radiant Sheer Foundation has got you covered for this.


Undertone is the natural hue of the surface of your skin. M·A·C have 5 different undertones: C, NC, N, NW and W so that you’re able to find your perfect match. If you’re not sure what option is for you, M·A·C have market leading technology that uses AI to automatically find your perfect foundation shade you can find here (link: https://www.maccosmetics.com/foundation-shade-matcher). M·A·C also have a video chat function on site where you can speak to one of their expert artists live from the comfort of your home. Here’s what the letters stand for:

  • C - Cool
  • NC - Neutral Cool
  • N - Neutral
  • NW - Neutral Warm
  • W - Warm

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The dept of the foundation is all about how the colour of the foundations compares to the overall tone of your skin. Whether you go to the same shade, or a little lighter or darker depends on your personal preference. There are 4 depths at M·A·C; light, medium, dark and deep dark which have a range of corresponding numbers.

  • Light foundations will go from numbers 10 – 20
  • Medium foundations will go from numbers 20 – 30
  • Dark foundations will go from numbers 30 – 45
  • Deep dark foundations will go from numbers 45 – 67

There we have it! The ultimate guide to finding the right foundation for you. Don’t forget to shop now with 10% off using your UNiDAYS discount.

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