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NC vs. NW

Alison

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It's so counter intuitive (sp?). I have a cool skintone (pink undertones) and I ware an NW foundation.
 

Krystle

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How do you know if you are a cool or warm?

One MAC store I went to put NC on me and another put NW on. I didnt notice much a difference. How do you judge that?
 

Sanne

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NW is cooler, more pink undertones in your skin
NC is warmer, more yellow yellow in your skin

when your cool toned the veins at your forearm usually look blue, and when you are warm toned these veins usually look green.

It also happens that people are neutral toned; meaning they aren't pink or yellow toned. Then you are lucky and you can wear both.

If you ever go to a MAC store again, ask what underone you have!(or post a daylight picture here, maybe people can see it!)
 

Cedar

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Most people naturally gravitate towards the colors that are right for them. Do you look better in pinks, mauves, and silver or brown, coral, and gold? The former is cool, meaning you need NW makeup, and the latter is warm, meaning you need NC makeup. (Took me forever to figure that out!)

Look at your skin against a piece of white paper. Does your skin tone look more yellow or more pink?

Or just scrap the whole fuss and go to the counter and buy what looks good on you.
 

ms.marymac

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I notice that people who wear NWs tend to look a little flushed, if that makes sense. People who wear NCs (as the others said) have this golden glow going on. Every now and then people can throw you off!

A trick I learned: Put a swipe of neutral toned powder or foundation on the bottom of your cheek down to your jaw, and it should reveal a either pinkish or gold undertone. That should tell you where you are. If it blends in, you are neutral. Again sometimes if you have different colors going on it may not work.
 

Klava

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This is a very old post and I'm not sure if anybody will respond to my comment or may be I should post this somewhere else, but, nevertheless... lately I read that a lot of MUA say that there only a few people out there who really need foundation with pink undertones, that usually yellow works for almost everybody. What do you guys think? I know that it's true for me, because even though my face definitely has pink undertones, my neck has yellow, so I buy NC15 and it works great! i think the idea here is that your face color doesn't differ too much from your neck, so you don't have a mask effect going on... Thoughts, comments?...
 

YvetteJeannine

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I don't know about that...

I know definitely for me, if I personally wore an NC foundation, I would look like a death mask...I am a rich/auburn redhead, with green/blue eyes and definite pinkish tones to my face (I've got a lil' Irish flush going' on). I am an NW 20.

I see many people can get away with wearing the NC line; but if you were distinctly cool-toned (that'd be warm-toned in MAC-speak), I don't think you'd want to try to get away with NC...I've seen a lot of people that should be wearing NW's, and get matched (or match themselves) to NC's...They don't look good.

Alternatively, one can mix and match foundations...There are many women that either mix NW's and NC's together, or they use one color line for the face, and the other for the neck...

However, I think if you're inclined to one type, that it would look correct with your neck as well as your face...But I'm not a Makeup Artist

 

Mixxi

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Quote:
Originally Posted by Klava
This is a very old post and I'm not sure if anybody will respond to my comment or may be I should post this somewhere else, but, nevertheless... lately I read that a lot of MUA say that there only a few people out there who really need foundation with pink undertones, that usually yellow works for almost everybody. What do you guys think? I know that it's true for me, because even though my face definitely has pink undertones, my neck has yellow, so I buy NC15 and it works great! i think the idea here is that your face color doesn't differ too much from your neck, so you don't have a mask effect going on... Thoughts, comments?...

I've been thinking about that because I have pink undertones on my face but yellow on my neck and body. I wear NW15 and it looks different to my neck and sort of mask-like so I think I might switch to NC15 now.
 

BunnyBunnyBunny

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I have more pink in my face, so naturally the makeup artists always want to give me NW, but for some reason I like NC better. I HATE how NW makes me look red. it makes my face look so red, I feel more comfortable having NC. Maybe because my pinker skin with the yellower makeup makes me look more overal neutral? I dunno. o.o
 

Klava

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I just had a makeup lesson with the freelance MUA, who used to work for MAC and has lots of experience. So I asked him about it and he told me that usually true redheads with very pale skin are the ones that need foundation with pink undertones, the rest of the people look better with warm tones foundations.
 

juicybarbie

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i once went to a MAC store in cardiff and the girl gave me NW25 and it was WAY too dark for my skin. I'm quite pale and i almost looked like i had mud on my face!
 

corngrl2

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I wear NW20...I once bought NC20 by accident and it made me look yellow and almost jaundiced. I find NW balances out my reddish tones and gives me a porcelain look.
 

BunnyBunnyBunny

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So I got over that whole, looking paler, fixing my skin color, trying to look whiter thing and bought Studio Tech in NW20. My god I look perfect!! I look absolutely amazing. The makeup artist was amazing and now I look amazing too! Haha, find your right color and you will look flawless with our products.
 

ArabianBeauty

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Originally Posted by juicybarbie
i once went to a MAC store in cardiff and the girl gave me NW25 and it was WAY too dark for my skin. I'm quite pale and i almost looked like i had mud on my face!

Same here. I went to a nearby MAC store and the MUA gave me an NW35. I wore it for a while and was okay with it. I went there again last week and a different MUA was trying some new shades on my face and applied an NC42 foundation, and I noticed the difference!

I looked so grey when I had the NW35 on my face, yet it was glowing and looking fresh with the NC42 on.

So now, i'm happily an NC42
 
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