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There are some beauty products that seem to have magical qualities (seriously, how do they do what they do?), and BB cream is definitely at the top of that list. Whether you’re already a BB cream aficionado or you’re still trying to figure out whether you should give it a try, here’s everything you need to know about this makeup product.
BB cream has quickly become the go-to beauty product of so many women. But what, exactly, is it? The “BB” in BB cream stands for beauty balm or blemish balm—and essentially, it’s makeup that has skin care benefits. Those benefits include anything from SPF to antioxidants to hydration to shine control. Sounds pretty neat, right?
Given these benefits, think of BB cream almost like a souped-up version of a tinted moisturizer. It’s a great option on those days when you don’t want to wear a lot on your face and would prefer to go for the always in style “no makeup makeup” look. BB creams tend to have lightweight formulas that provide sheer coverage. Like we said: BB cream is awesome for those days when your complexion just needs a little extra something (but not heavy coverage).
Even though you now know what BB cream is, you might still be wondering: How the heck does BB cream differ from foundation? Good question. The main difference between BB cream and foundation is this: BB cream is usually lighter in feel than foundation and focuses on a skin-first approach. What that means: The main purpose of BB creams is to focus on things like hydrating, illuminating, mattifying, or protecting your skin rather than coverage (which is generally the goal of using foundation).
Like tinted moisturizer, you can use your fingers to apply BB cream—that’s probably the simplest way to do so. Make sure to rub the BB cream in circular motions to spread it evenly across your face. (Just one note about this: Make sure your fingers are clean—you don’t want any dirt or grime transferring from your hands to your skin!) Looking for an ultra-smooth finish? Try applying BB cream with a makeup sponge, such as the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Blend Aritst Foundation Blender, which is designed with an exclusive plush material and easy-to-grip-shape for a uniform blending experience. To use, apply a small amount of BB cream to the sponge, then use dabbing and rolling motions to blend it into your skin.
Grease? What grease? Opt for a BB cream with a matte (a.k.a. non-shiny) finish and oil-free formula.
When you have pimples, your first instinct is probably to go hide them with foundation or concealer, right? Well, whatever face makeup product you’re using, including BB cream, try to find one that has an oil-free formula. There are even BB cream formulations out there that help camouflage redness.
Reach for a BB cream with a moisturizing formula to help hydrate your complexion.
Ready to use a BB cream for sheer, lightweight coverage? Here are a few good options worth considering:
Suitable for all skin types, this BB cream is a serious multitasker, formulated with beautifying beads (encapsulated, color-transforming pigments).
This BB cream is formulated with encapsulated, color-transforming pigments that can help counteract redness. The formula is green and transforms to your perfectly customized shade as you blend it in.
SPF is a must when you’re spending time in the sun (even on cloudy days!). Enter this BB cream, which is formulated with SPF 50+ as well as vitamin E and white grape seed. To use, shake the bottle well, then apply generously 15 minutes before you go outside. Remember to reapply every two hours!