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You know your ABCs (of course!)—but do you know the difference between BB cream and CC cream? While both BB creams and CC creams are awesome picks for those days when you want to wear minimal makeup—or you’d just like to cut down on the number of steps in your beauty routine—they’re not quite the same. Why does that matter, though? Well, by understanding the difference between BB cream and CC cream, you’ll be able to pick the right one for your beauty concerns on any given day. If you don’t quite know the difference between BB cream and CC cream, no worries, you’re in luck. Below, we share what exactly BB cream and CC cream are, how they differ, and product recommendations from L’Oréal Paris in each category.
Often short for “beauty balm” or “blemish balm,” BB cream first became popular in Korea before gaining buzz across the globe—and for good reason. Essentially, BB cream is makeup formulated with skin care benefits. These benefits can range from sun protection to hydration to shine control, depending on the BB cream formula you use. Since BB creams typically have multiple benefits, they’re multipurpose products—so, when you use one, you can help streamline your beauty routine. What’s more, BB creams generally offer sheerer coverage than foundation. Basically, they’re a great option when you want a little bit of coverage without looking overdone. (Learn more about what BB cream is here.)
Ready to add a BB cream to your beauty routine? Here are three options from L’Oréal Paris.
If your complexion looks tired…try the L’Oréal Paris Magic BB Anti-Fatigue (For All Skin Types). This BB cream is formulated with color-transforming pigments infused in an ultra-light lotion to help revive the appearance of tired skin. It has four actions in one: it revives the look of tired skin, corrects the look of skin for an even-looking complexion, hydrates for all-day moisture, and perfects the look of your complexion.
If your complexion looks red…try the L’Oréal Paris Magic BB Anti-Redness (For All Skin Types). This BB cream has a green tint that transforms to a universal shade to help reduce the look of redness. Like the BB cream above, this one also has four benefits in one: it neutralizes the look of redness, corrects the appearance of skin for an even-looking complexion, hydrates, and perfects.
If you want an everyday BB cream…try the L’Oréal Paris Magic Skin Beautifier BB Cream. This BB cream is formulated with encapsulated pigments infused in an ultra-light lotion with antioxidant vitamin E. It primes to smooth skin’s texture, corrections for an even-looking complexion, hydrates for long-lasting moisture, and perfects to hide imperfections.
When it comes to applying liquid makeup like BB cream, we’re fans of doing so with makeup sponges as opposed to fingers, as this can provide a more seamless finish, and it’s also more hygienic. Squeeze a small amount of BB cream onto the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Blend Artist Foundation Blender and bounce and blend it onto your skin.
Generally, CC cream stands for color correcting cream. Like BB cream, CC cream can often be multipurpose—however, unlike BB cream, CC cream usually provides a little more coverage. (Learn more about what CC cream is here.)
The L’Oréal Paris Visible Lift CC Cream is formulated with color capsules in a weightless nourishing texture to help correct the look of dullness and even out the appearance of skin tone and texture. It’s available in two shades: light/medium and medium/deep.
CC cream is a liquid product, just like BB cream—so, you can either apply it with your fingers or with a makeup sponge. The choice is up to you!