The ultimate guide to finding the best BB cream for your skin
Who wouldn't want to streamline their beauty routine while saving time, money and counter space? That is precisely why cosmetologists have come up with the next ‘it' thing – BB creams! BB creams are the biggest thing in beauty right now. They make up for most of the other beauty products that you religiously need to use – moisturizer, primer, sunscreen, skin serum, concealer, and foundation. A well-formulated BB cream is the only product you'll need after you wash your face. However, these six-way hybrids can be confusing if you refer to their colossal list of features. Fret not; we provide you with the best guide to choosing your perfect BB cream. Take a look at the compilation below:
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Even though some of them claim it to be so, BB creams are not one-shade-fits-all. The Olay Total Effects 7-in-One Tone Correcting UV Moisturizer with SPF 15 is best for pale skinned people as they may find the other variants too dark for their skin type. The dual-phase formula of this cream which Olay calls CC cream (although the idea is the same) is ultra-light, so it might not replace your foundation but it does give your skin a subtle, luminous glow with sheer coverage.
For fair complexion:
Dr. Jart+ Water Fuse Beauty Balm has an SPF of 25 and is the best colour correction cream in the market. Its corrective tone counteracts redness, making it ideal for fair complexions. It has a water based formula that gives the skin a dewy finish while leaving your skin cool and hydrated.
For light-medium, medium-deep complexion:
Maybelline Dream Fresh BB is a deep shade variant perfect for dusky to dark skin tones. It has a warm, caramel tint that helps counteract any gray or ashen spots on your skin. Maybelline has a line which includes a wide variety of shades; so try out as many as possible before you pick the one that complements you well. Another one that dark skinned women might want to try out is the Bobbi Brown BB Cream with SPF 35. This one is bang on with the density, which means it's not too light or nor too thick. It gives the skin a polished effect.
Best for oily skin:
Many of us who have oily skin are left wondering whether we should really use a liquid foundation or stick to a powder based one. However, L'Oreal has a solution for us – L'Oréal Paris Studio Secrets Magic Skin Beautifier B.B. Cream is a transparent formula that gives a primer-like finish to oily skin. It has pigment beads that burst on your skin when blended.
Best for overall coverage:
Dior's Hydra Life BB Crème SPF 30 is the most pigmented variant in the market. Although it's available in only one shade, it's perfect for wheatish skin tones if you want to add warmth to the face.
Best for a no-makeup look:
If you want a BB cream for daily wear, perhaps one that is extremely lightweight and gives a dewy finish to the skin leaving it looking youthful and glowing, then opt for the Too Faced Tinted Beauty Balm with SPF 20. It is so light that you feel like you aren't wearing any makeup on your face. But if you want coverage you may have to pair it with a concealer.
Best for mature skin:
So you're well into your forties and feel awkward to wear makeup? We have the solution for you right here! L'Oréal Paris Youth Code BB Cream Illuminator has a creamy consistency which is moisturizing enough for mature skin, which tends to be drier. It provides a healthy coverage and smoothens out imperfections, leaving a luminous finish to help blur-out fine lines.
For daily use:
This Lakme CC cream combines the goodness of your daily skin cream with just the right touch of make-up to give you that perfect look in just a few minutes.
For smoothest texture:
Garnier's BB Cream Skin Renew Miracle Skin Perfector has enough coverage to stand in for foundation, and its slightly peachy tone makes skin look sun-kissed. But the biggest draw is its silky-smooth texture that blends flawlessly and blurs away pores
Pond's White Beauty BB+ Fairness Cream is clinically proven to lighten skin tone and reduce dark spots. It effectively lightens the skin from within and also provides a natural looking glow instantly.
We hope this list helps you find your face-mate. Take a patch test with as many as possible, and remember the key to a perfect finish with BB creams is to blend, blend and blend! Do share your experience with us in the comments!