"Blemish Balms," commonly referred to as BB creams, are a coveted multi-tasking product for no-makeup makeup lovers who hate heavy-duty foundation. That you? If so, BB creams are a life-saver on days when you just can't muster up the energy to apply a full face of foundation, or when you're pressed for time and need to cut your complexion routine in half— BB creams to the rescue! These lightweight creams sit at the intersection of makeup and skincare, as they are jam-packed with skin-enhancing ingredients that mask imperfections.
BB creams moisturize and prime the skin, while evening out discoloration, concealing blemishes, and protecting against UVA rays. Not to mention, they leave your skin looking poreless and radiant. BB creams come in sheer to buildable coverage and apply seamlessly to give you a smooth and effortless glow. You won't be concerned with looking too cakey or dry with these textures. Many offer added SPF protection, if you're looking to skip that very important step of applying sunscreen in your a.m. routine. What started out as a K-Beauty craze has evolved into a worldwide staple for beauty enthusiasts. Scroll on for the 20 best BB creams for every skin type and skin tone.
This oil-free skin perfector provides a sheer, natural coverage that stops shine in its tracks. For a lightweight finish, apply one coat of this all over, or simply spot treat the areas of concern.
This drugstore gem can compete with all of its luxury counterparts. The formula absorbs quickly and even offers a dose of vitamin C to brighten uneven skin tones.
This radiant-boosting moisturizer has long-lasting skin benefits that make it worth the investment. Not only does this tinted moisturizer provide a sheer, skin perfecting finish, it also refines discoloration and fades the look of dark spots and fine lines overtime.
Consider this BB cream your secret weapon on S.O.S. skincare mornings. It reduces the look of large pores while covering redness and blemishes. Pick this up the morning after a late night when you fall asleep without washing your face.
Keep this convenient compact nearby when your skin needs touch-ups. It's a buildable formula that offers a sheer, satin finish.
In one simple step, this cream brings on the glow. It has a hydrating gel-based texture that's perfect for dry and dehydrated skin. It also has skin-plumping ingredients, such as squalene and mineral electrolytes, when your face needs a little lift.
Looking for light and not oily coverage? Try this hydrating BB cream if your skin seems to soak up every last ounce of moisture. The hyaluronic acid will do the job.
This BB cream should be your go-to during hot summer months. The water-resistant, SPF-filled formula offers a light veil of coverage.
If you're acne-prone or have oily skin, here's a solution. Clinque's Acne Solution BB cream is made of silica, an ingredient that absorbs excess oil, and is a mattifying product that reduces shine and leaves you with flawless complexion for up to 12 hours.
Even out your discoloration and protect your skin from pollutants with this vitamin-packed formula. This skin perfecting BB cream is comprised of good-for-you ingredients, like turmeric, aloe vera, vitamin B, C, and E.
Moisturize your skin and smooth out the appearance of fine lines with this ultra-hydrating BB cream. Vitamin E, aloe, jojoba, and cucumber work to lock in hydration, leaving you with plump and supple skin. Plus, it's only $6.
Feel free to use this cream as a foundation primer or apply it alone for a flawless, no-makeup makeup finish. Hence the name, Smashbox's Camera Ready BB Cream is like a filter for for you skin that blurs pores and imperfections in one easy step.
This antioxidant-enriched cream is so lightweight that it rolls on the skin like silk. Fortunately, you can liberally apply this cream without having to worry about a cakey finish.
For a wide shade range, look to Laura Mercier's line of tinted moisturizers. Reach for this glow-inducing cream when you need a quick fix for a dull complexion.
If finding the right shade for your skin is your biggest frustration (because honestly two options doesn't really cut it), do some tone-matching with the 10 different tints of this mineral-based moisturizer. P.S. It has a host of anti-inflammatory ingredients for super-reactive skin.
For those who are thinking "the less unpronounceable ingredients, the better," look to this natural, anti-aging cream that builds smooth, wrinkle-free coverage so you look naturally flawless by the time you walk out the door.
It's all in the name. K-beauty experts Dr. Jart+ formulated a BB cream that works on shrinking those pores of yours, clearing breakouts, and controlling excess oil.
When you want an extra touch of glowy magic without doubling down on highlighter, dab on some of this BB cream that's formulated with light-reflecting pigments. Don't be surprised when people ask you whether you're in love.
This cult-favorite BB cream owes its popularity to its extremely blendable texture, undetectable finish, and the pore-less results that do better than any Snapchat filter can.
If you're the type that burns basically any time it's not overcast, invest in a higher SPF BB cream like this one with ingredients that masks skin imperfections like a pro.
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