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The Best CC Creams for Fresh, Glowing, No-Makeup Makeup Skin

The lazy girl's choice for I-woke-up-like-this skin.

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Ever woken up in the mood for flawless skin, but without the hassle of buying a bunch of products or layering on makeup? Same. You probably have a pretty good idea what foundation and tinted moisturizer are, and you may know what a BB cream is, too. But what exactly is a CC cream? Those letters stand for "color correcting," and CC creams promise to smooth out irregularities, flaws, and discoloration on the skin. If you suffer from redness, signs of aging, or have little blemishes you'd like to cover, CC cream might be the next best thing for you. Most CC creams include ingredients that are super nourishing for your skin, so you should consider CC creams a skincare-makeup hybrid. Do you prefer sheer, barely-there coverage? We've got you. Are you more of a glazed, hyper-moisturized glow fiend? We've got you with that, too. Or you just want to trick everyone into thinking you woke up like this? Your skin is also in luck with these options. Ahead, 15 CC creams from both drugstore and luxury brands for the skincare lovers who don't just want to cover imperfections—you're committed to treating them, too.

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The Classic Cream
CC+ Cream with SPF 50+
IT Cosmetics itcosmetics.com
$39.50

This CC Cream is a total classic. It has buildable coverage, targets dryness and fine lines, and protects from UVA/UVB rays. You'll be left with a natural finish while the hero ingredients work under the radar to improve your skin.

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The Oil-Free Choice
COMPLEXION RESCUE™ Tinted Moisturizer
bareMinerals sephora.com
$33.00

This cream works during the day to improve the look of your skin, and overtime improves skin's texture. It can be applied either with hands or with a brush, to build up to the opacity you're looking for. This product is oil-free, making it perfect for people with sensitive skin.

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The Mineral Option
CC Cream
Supergoop! sephora.com
$36.00

This mineral-packed option is perfect for those who who prefer medium coverage foundation. Its ingredients target pores, fine lines and wrinkles, all while protecting from sun damage and keeping your skin hydrated. What more could you want?

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CC Cream Multi-Action
black Up blackup.com
€25.20

This CC Cream was created specifically to address dark skin. It works to correct uneven skin tone, boost radiance, mattify oily areas, and cover dark spots. Unlike many CC Creams, this product is SPF free, so that there will be no white-cast on dark skin. 

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The Priming Cream
Clean Corrective with Vitamin C
Honest Beauty amazon.com
$18.00

This CC cream does it all for you, so you can get rid of half the products in your makeup bag. It moisturizes, primes, conceals, protects against SPF and even protects against blue light. Your skin will look dewy and gorgeous, and never overdone.

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The High-Tech Choice
CC Cream Color Correcting Foundation
Osmosis Beauty osmosisbeauty.com
$48.00

Whether you prefer natural or intense coverage, this cream can do it all. It uses true-tone technology, meaning it'll adapt to your unique skin tone so you never have to worry about choosing the wrong color. Beeswax gives your skin a boost of hydration while also soothing irritation.

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The Anti-Aging Choice
Stem Cellular CC Cream
Juice Beauty dermstore.com
$39.00

If your skin wishlist includes a flawless even tone, gift yourself this CC cream; it tackles fine lines, wrinkles and other signs of aging. It also contains SPF, which is reef-safe and protects against sun damage that can accelerate signs of aging.

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The Results-Driven Option
CC Cream Radiance Color Corrector
Erborian sephora.com
$44.00

This product promises smooth, healthy-looking skin. It works to mimic your natural skin tone for an even, radiant glow. According to reviews, users of this product said that their skin was smoother, their complexion was even, and they looked more radiant. Sign me up!

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The Moisturizing Corrector
CC Cream
Mary Kay marykay.com
$22.00

For anyone who doesn't like the dense, packed-on feeling of some foundations, this CC cream might meet you in the middle. It's super lightweight that it can be used as moisturizer under foundation if you're going for the full-coverage look. On its own, redness, acne, and signs of aging are kept at bay.

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The Natural Glow
Cellularose Moisturizing CC Cream
byterry.com
€66.50

This is an ideal illuminating primer that leaves your skin looking radiant, smooth and plumped. In search of a subtle, "Do you look different?" boost, this CC Cream delivers that. It blurs imperfections, while letting your skin still look like skin.

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The French Pharmacy Find
Sensibio AR CC Cream
Bioderma beautylish.com
$27.00

This is a hero product for chronic redness sufferers. It fights against irritation that causes red blotches and blurs inflammation and imperfections to bolster an even skin tone. It's also a powerful moisturizer, so any lingering dryness won't stand a chance.

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The Blurrer
Buildable Blur CC Cream
Thrive Causemetics thrivecausemetics.com
$38.00

This color-adjusting, blurring CC Cream is like an Instagram filter for your skin. The buildable formula allows you choose between sheer or full-coverage, depending on your mood. And both vitamin C and flaxseed extract in its formula works to eliminate unwanted oils and signs of aging.

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The Corrector
Moisture Surge CC Cream Hydrating Colour Corrector
Clinique sephora.com
$40.00

This CC Cream is for those with normal to dry skin types that are looking for a skin-perfecting product that works in the short and long-term. It works to improve redness, sallow skin, dullness, and inflammation. For dry-skin and acne sufferers, this CC cream might be your dream come true. 

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The CC Cushion
Color Control Cushion Compact
AMOREPACIFIC nordstrom.com
$60.00

The benefits of a beauty cushion are numerous. They're so easy to put into your bag and apply on the go, plus there's no need to get your fingers dirty or let a makeup brush stain your purse. This compact contains a CC Cream that fills in age lines, hydrates the skin, and brightens your skin.

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Lumene CC Color Correcting Cream, Medium
Lumene urldefense.com
$14.99

This cream is super lightweight but packs enough coverage to suit your needs. Redness, acne scars, and other imperfections can all be easily-covered with this CC cream. Plus, it works to prevent premature signs of aging with SPF and other hardworking ingredients

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