When it comes to makeup, there are so many different options on the market that achieving a flawless skin look is easier than ever! However, that mass of options can make it difficult to choose what kind of complexion perfecter will be best for you. Two popular options for correcting and concealing are BB and CC creams — but what do they do, and who are they for?! What’s the difference between them? Don’t worry, we’ve got answers!
BB Creams: Beauty Balms For Every Skin!
BB Creams, or Beauty Balm Creams, are all-in-one bundles for those who want one product that will cover a number of steps in their routine. A BB cream generally takes the place of moisturizer, primer, and a light coverage foundation, and often contains an SPF to keep skin protected from UVA/UVB rays. BB creams are best for people looking for light to medium coverage that’s quick, easy, and gives the skin an even finish — without the effort of a full makeup application.
BB creams were originally created by a dermatologist for her patients to use post treatment to hide redness and protect their skin. These all-in-one formulations spread all throughout Asia, especially in South Korea where they were combined with whitening properties.
While BB creams are generally more universal in who they’re recommended for, some BB formulations contain ingredients that are meant to give your skin a little treatment within your multipurpose complexion perfecter!
Check out some of our favorite BB creams below:
Missha M Perfect Cover BB Cream SPF 42 PA+++ ($22)
One of the most popular Asian BB creams, this product provides excellent coverage with added skincare benefits, including SPF, dark spot correction, and anti-aging protection. Key ingredients include chamomile extract to soothe the skin, rosemary extract to rejuvenate, ceramides to promote moisture retention, hyaluronic acid to provide intense hydration, and Gatuline RC, which strengthens the skin.
Dr. Jart+ Premium Beauty Balm SPF 45 ($39)
This Premium Beauty Balm SPF 45 is an all-in-one product that provides advanced brightening properties. Perfect under makeup or on its own, this formula offers natural-looking coverage that minimizes the appearance of imperfections and evens skin tone.
bareMinerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream ($30)
This Hydrating Gel Cream packs a powerful punch as a classic BB cream: an all-in-one moisturizer, foundation and SPF. We love that this tinted moisturizer has powerful broad spectrum SPF 30 and is free from silicone, oil, parabens, and fragrance.
NYX Cosmetics BB Cream ($13)
NYX Professional Makeup’s lightweight BB Cream was developed to hydrate and prime skin for visually smoother and radiant skin. The oil-free and mineral enriched formula is versatile, delivering multiple benefits to your complexion throughout the day.
Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream 8-In-1 Skin Perfector ($9)
Maybelline’s BB Cream is a 1-step wonder for a good skin day, everyday. It provides sheer coverage with the added benefit of SPF 30, and is available in 5 shades.
Jane Iredale Glow Time Full Coverage Mineral BB Cream ($48)
Available in 9 shades, this mineral-based Glow Time BB cream offers SPF 25 protection and full coverage for a range of complexion types. It’s been formulated to cover blemishes, disguise wrinkles, minimize the appearance of pores, smooth skin and brighten your complexion.
CC Creams: Color Correcting Champions!
CC Creams, or Color Correcting Creams, are meant for people with uneven skin tone or pigmentation concerns. These creams even out skin tone and provide coverage for age spots, redness, and hyperpigmentation. Like BB creams, they are also meant to serve as an all-in-one product, taking the place of multiple steps and providing a singular product that moisturizes, primes, protects from UV rays, and acts as a light coverage foundation.
If you’re looking for more coverage with the same skin benefits, CC creams are the answer! Check out some color correcting champions below:
Erborian CC Cream ($44)
This high-definition color correcting primer helps create a luminous canvas by blurring the appearance of fine lines to leave skin prepped and ready for makeup application. With two shades in a single bottle, the brand’s color-matching pigments help blend into a wide range of skin tones.
Peter Thomas Roth CC Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Complexion Corrector ($48)
The Peter Thomas Roth CC Cream is an anti-aging sunscreen, complexion corrector, and tinted cream that helps protect, brighten, moisturize, and improve the appearance of uneven skin tone, imperfections, fine lines, and wrinkles. It contains Camu Camu, an Amazonian superfruit that has 30 times more vitamin C than an orange.
It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream with SPF 50+ ($38)
Developed with the help of plastic surgeons, this color-correcting cream boasts flawless coverage that instantly camouflages skin imperfections, including pesky dark spots. Infused with an advanced anti-aging serum made of hydrolyzed collagen, peptides, vitamins and antioxidants, these ingredients work in harmony to diffuse the look of wrinkles, minimize pores, and give you a more radiant look.
Smashbox Camera Ready CC Cream ($42)
This color-correcting lightweight formula promises to visibly lessen the appearance of dark spots, sun spots, and post-acne marks instantly. It also has long term effects, thanks to dark spot correcting ingredients like licorice root . It neutralizes and brightens skin for a more even complexion while also priming, perfecting, and protecting thanks to SPF 30.
Physician’s Formula 100% Natural Origin CC Cream ($15)
An ultra-lightweight cream that glides on effortlessly to even out skin tone and texture. The 100% natural formula combines color-correction and skin-nourishing benefits from natural and organic ingredients to deliver brightening and complexion-enhancing properties for naturally perfected skin.
Aveeno Positively Radiant CC Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 30
Don’t let it’s plain appearance fool you — this oil-free formula uses glycerin and soybean extract to hydrate skin and correct redness over time while instantly brightening and correcting your complexion. Its thicker texture (which gives a matte finish) is ideal for oily skin, and those looking for more coverage.