From BB to CC to the emerging category of DD creams, beauty is soaring through the alphabet slowly but surely. To help you determine which option is best for you (and, exactly what each cream does) we put together a guide to the world of BB and CC creams. Here’s the breakdown…
Focusing on skincare benefits, BB cream (short for beauty balm) is an all-in-one serum, moisturizer, primer, SPF and foundation that first gained popularity in Asia. You’ve probably seen the shelves stocked with this trendy item for a while now, and here at MDC we’re definitely on board with BB cream thanks to its convenience, natural-looking coverage and skin-boosting benefits.
You know what they say: when the market gets saturated with options, create the next generation of product. This is exactly what happened with the introduction of CC cream. Short for color correction, CC creams contain all of the BB benefits, plus color correcting ingredients like Vitamin C, to brighten dark spots and improve overall skin tone. Some even have different colored undertones to help counteract redness in skin. These creams tend to offer more coverage, and they’re especially great for people who have dark spots, acne, or unevenness.
Ahead, find our picks for each category that you can apply together, separately or even mix and match.
The super creamy Maybelline BB Cream is our absolute go-to when it comes to a drugstore beauty balm. It’s super rich — but it seamlessly glides onto your skin and fills in any uneven texture. If you’re looking for a CC cream that has a similar feel and sense, this It Cosmetics pick is the one for you. It’s one of those makeup products you’ll find in a beauty editor’s cosmetic bag, and one that you’ll be repurchasing on the reg.
Another excellent drugstore BB cream option, the L’Oréal Nude Magic lives up to its name. This all in one beauty balm can serve as an excellent primer under foundation, or can even be worn on its own. For a higher end color correcting experience, we love the YSL CC cream to use along with a great BB. This formula comes in three different shades (Rose, Apricot and Lavender), which guarantee to conceal and correct any discoloration or hyperpigmentation.
For a natural finish and 24-hour moisture — Lancôme’s Bienfait is the beauty balm you’ve been searching for. To pair with and over it, we recommend the Armani Luminessence, a brightening CC with anti-aging properties to combat any lackluster skin.
About the Author:Alanna Martine Kilkeary is a native New Yorker and an assistant beauty editor at Makeup.com. She has had the opportunity to grace the digital pages of Harper's BAZAAR, Rolling Stone and Teen Vogue with her words and skills. She runs a literary infused fashion blog in her free time, her heart belongs to William Shakespeare, and most importantly, she believes that Wes Anderson should serve as art director for the entire universe.