BB Cream vs. Foundation: Which One is Best for Your Skin?
No longer the beauty counter newbie, BB cream has proved it’s a serious contender in the base coverage category. The all-in-one makeup, skincare cream and SPF claims to have all your skin's needs covered, but is it really good enough to trump foundation?
We asked Dr. Marina Peredo, a dermatologist in Smithtown, NY and celebrity makeup artist Stephanie Flor to help us create a scorecard between the two. See which one is the winner for your skin.
If it’s coverage you want, you may want to opt for foundation. Most BB creams have enough tint to even out redness, but if you want something that's going to last all day, foundation is the way to go, says Flor. Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra 24H will stay put for 24 hours (if need be).
Foundation will cover zits, but a BB (also called blemish balm) can also help treat them. "If you're acne-prone, using a BB cream that’s oil-free is a good way to go,” says Flor. Try Garnier Miracle Perfector BB Cream Oil-Free.
It’s a super-close match, but in terms of overall skin health and multitasking, the BB cream comes out on top. But if you want more coverage, a wider shade range or you don’t mind a multi-step routine in the morning, don’t trade in your favorite foundation any time soon.
Do you prefer BB cream or foundation? Tell us why in the comments!