What to Know About BB Cream — And 5 Formulas We LoveJune 29, 2021
Summer makeup is all about effortless, multitasking products, which is why we love BB creams. The lightly tinted formulas combine sunscreen, moisturizing ingredients and sheer coverage to even out and protect your complexion. Below, we talked to makeup artist and founder of Share the Glam, Mickey Williams, about how to use BB cream and rounded up our favorite formulas for you to try.
Is BB cream foundation?
“Yes and no,” says Williams.“It’s a hybrid of a beauty balm or skincare with SPF and pigment. It works just like a day cream loaded with varying benefits like moisture and SPF but also has the added perk of pigment for coverage.”
What are the pros and cons of using BB cream?
“You can skip the steps of layering your skincare under your foundation and apply one step with a BB cream,” says Williams. “As for disadvantages, some have minimal tint added, while some have heavier pigments. Same goes for the ingredients, as some target acne and others work for mature, dry skin. You need to really look at the benefits and coverage before selecting a product that is right for you. Also, it can be hard to find a BB cream that works with a multitude of skin tones. I’ve found that most brands have only two to three shades to choose from, which omits a lot of consumers.”
How do you use BB cream with your skincare?“Most of us have a favorite serum or tonic we wouldn’t dream of tossing out of our daily routine,” says Williams. “If you want to use it together with a BB cream, you may want to wait a few minutes between applications.”
Is BB cream the only SPF I need?“Very few BB creams have SPF over 20,” says Williams. This is why it’s important to apply a sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher before your BB cream. Consider the SPF in the makeup an added bonus.
Our Editors’ Favorite BB Creams
This multitasking beauty balm hydrates, brightens, blurs pores and protects skin with SPF 30. Because the formula is non-comedogenic, it’s suitable for sensitive and acne-prone skin.
Reach for this formula for sheer, radiant coverage. It feels silky smooth on the skin, and can be used solo or as a color-correcting primer under foundation.
It can be hard to find a BB cream that doesn’t enhance shine on oily and combination skin types, but this one contains oil-absorbing mineral powder and pigments for a natural matte finish. The SPF 20 formula blurs the look of pores and keeps excess sebum in check.
Perfect for dry skin, this skincare-infused beauty balm works to hydrate and even out skin with every application. It contains vitamin C to brighten dark spots and rose de mal extract to soften texture. If you’re after more coverage, this also makes a great primer under foundation.
This lightweight tint contains vitamins C and E to brighten and hydrate skin. While you can buy it in a shade that matches your skin tone, it’s also available in a light green shade to cancel out redness in fair to medium complexions.