The first in the now long line of double letter skin care/makeup hybrids, the BB cream is the product that started it all. BB creams have exploded in Asia long before they made their way to North America and if you’re still trying to wrap your head around them, don’t worry we’ve got you covered. These creams combine skin care and makeup in one step and are ideal for a lot of busy ladies on the go but there is still mystery surrounding what exactly a BB cream is. How is it different from the other creams and is it right for you? We’re here to break it down for you and tell you everything you need to know about BB cream.
What is it:
The acronym in BB cream stands for Beauty Balm or Blemish Balm (it could be either) and they are a hybrid of a moisturizer and a foundation that is also known to come with other skin – care perks such as containing an SPF, having extra anti-oxidant ingredients and more (all dependent on the formula). BB creams are the ideal time-saving beauty product; not only do they supply much needed hydration to our skin like a good moisturizer should, they also offer a decent amount of colour coverage taking the place of your tinted moisturizer or foundation (dependent on the formulation, again).
What makes it different:
BB creams are known to provide more coverage than a tinted moisturizer but less coverage than that of a traditional foundation, so if your skin requires full colour coverage, you’ll want to find a heavier coverage BB cream. Unlike a liquid foundation, BB creams do not cover major skin imperfections and do not come in as many shades to choose from. They are, however, ideal for those looking for a quick skin coverage. With a particular focus on hydration, BB creams are a fast and easy solution for women who want a simple and radiant look without the fuss.
Why you need BB creams in your life:
Highly favoured for their multifaceted qualities and for the fact that they are extremely easy to apply on the skin, BB creams have become all the rage out of sheer convenience. Whether you’re out to run errands or heading to the gym and want a light coverage (don’t worry we don’t judge), BB creams are a huge time-saver that allow you to skip the moisturizer, primer and SPF because it usually has that all wrapped into one.
Here are a few BB Creams we love:
Since they are in demand, BB creams come in a myriad of forms and price points. Here are a few that we love.
L’Oreal Magic Skin Beautifyer ($14) comes in four different shades and provides all-day hydration. Infused with antioxidants to facilitate a healthy glow, this BB cream will instantly transform your skin for a flawless barely-there finish.