OMG!! You crack me up! I thought the universal WOC shades were NC50 or NW45 lol. The amount of times I've seen girls say they were NW45 and I've sat there thinking No, you freaking aren't!! I hope the YSL one continues to work for you!!I believe this has been discussed before. But why is EVERY black woman nc45?!? When I was working with the MUA artist I just mentioned he, of course, put me in nc 45 studio fix. I went with it and wore it the next day and I was sooo orange. I decided I wanted to swatch all the studio fix's against my cheek to see which one is better. The other MUA who is probably as dark as Style Beauty Dr. Said she was nc 45. HOW? We are totally different shades. How is this supposed to work for me and you. After playing around with the Studio fix shades and MSFN (they always put me in dark, or dark tan in that one) I think I like c6 and nc43. In MSFN I liked Med tan and Dark Golden. In studio fix I swatched c40, c5, c6, c7, c8, nc43, and nc 45. I knew C40 and c5 would be too light, c8 was the perfect golden brown (not a lot of orange) but too dark. C7 was a light orange. C6 was golden, and nc43 golden light orange. I'm really surprised how good Med Tan and Dark Golden look, if I'm supposed to be nc45. I understand it is probably hard matching WOC. I don't know my undertones and I've been told they were Golden (wtf is that anyway, yellow? LOL), Pink (oh come on!), and then I was told I had everything (side eye). I actually think the pink is in my cheeks b/c of Rosacea. I was in Ulta and wanted to pull the Indian girl at the check out aside. She had the most beautiful golden dark brown skin (olive?) and had on a foundation that matched color wise, but the undetone was pink. PINK. Totally washed her out and took away from the gorgeous tones in her skin.
So yeah, how can everyone be nc45.
On another note, I went to Sephora, the MUA had the prettiest complexion. She was golden like me so I was like, OMG what do you use. YSL Touche Eclat Foundation in bd60. Forgot all about that foundation. Picked up a sample and it . It worked.
I go through this every season, trying to find the perfect foundation and concealer. I think it will alwasy be my quest.
The MAC MUA, did show me a cool trick for concealer. He used Select Cover up (why have I never used this, I think I love it) in nc50 to cover my dark circles and then put nc 42 on top to brighten. LOVED it. Worked much better than an orange or peach correcter topped with nc 45 or similiar shade of concealer.
Oh and another thing, I read that Tracee Ellis Ross is Golden in Bobbi Brown... um no, If I'm golden you can't be Golden. Is Golden the NC45 of Bobbi Brown? LOL