If you haven’t heard of BB (beauty balm) creams yet, this is the perfect time to brush up on your knowledge. BB Creams, which hail from Asia, are the newest all-in-one skin corrector (for the full low-down on BB creams, check out this post). I’m devoted to Garnier Skin Renew Miracle Skin Perfector BB Cream, but I’ve heard from several friends that they’re not crazy about its thicker consistency. So rather than tell you what I love, I did a ton of research on the BBs currently on the market, and narrowed them down to the best for a variety of skin issues. This is (hopefully) your guide to picking out the BB cream that addresses your individual skin needs.
For Even Tone and Overall Correction: Garnier Skin Renew Miracle Skin Perfector BB Cream ($11). I’m sorry, but it is the best! It’s creamy, smooth, and covers an array of skin issues and imperfections while heaping moisture on your complexion. (Image via drugstore.com)
For Dewiness: L’Oreal Youth Code BB Cream Illuminator ($17) does everything a BB should do while also providing a hint of glow to your skin. MAC Prep + Prime Beauty Balm ($30) contains pearly illuminators, too, so you get a pretty, diffused light all over your skin. Imagine your skin through a soft-focus lens; these two products give it that effect. (Images via drugstore.com & dailyglow.com)
Keep reading for more BB creams that address even more skin woes.
For Fine Lines, Wrinkles, and Other Age-Related Concerns: Bobbi Brown BB Cream ($42) is a wrinkle’s nightmare, with peptides that are a key ingredient for boosting collagen, which helps smooth out crow’s feet and other fine lines. (Image via Bobbi Brown)
For a Quick Fix: Clinique Age Defense BB Cream ($37) is like great skin right out of the tube. It provides enough coverage to create a veil for your complexion. Perfect for weekends, when you’re in a hurry, or just when you want a naturally perfect look. (Image via Sephora)
For the Babe on a Budget (my Recession Beauty pick): Maybelline Dream Fresh BB 8-in-1 Beauty Balm Skin Perfector ($8) is proof that you don’t have to spend a ton on one of these creams to get great results. (Image via drugstore.com)
For Long-Wearing Coverage: Stila Stay-All-Day 10-in-1 HD Beauty Balm ($38) is part of Stila’s fabulous long-wear line. These products truly don’t budge; they keep their promise by staying put for hours. The high-def finish of this ensures that you’ll look flawless all day long. Another excellent pick: Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream ($39). From the brand that brought you some of the best primers on the market comes a BB cream that also goes the distance. It was made for models being photographed, so you know your skin will look flawless–on or off camera. (Images via Sephora)
For Acne: Dr. Jart+ Water Fuse Beauty Balm ($34) is lightweight, and not likely to clog pores or incite breakouts. (Image via Sephora)
To Control Shine: Estee Lauder DayWear BB Antioxidant Beauty Benefit Creme ($38) is loaded with antioxidants & hyaluronic acid (both good for skin) and contains shine-controlling ingredients that give you the subtlest glow to make your skin look younger & radiant instead of mattifying, which can make you look older. (Image via Estee Lauder)
For Sun Protection: NONE of the above! The amount of sunscreen in BB creams is NOT sufficient for daily sun protection. I can’t stress enough that wearing a base layer of true sunscreen (or SPF-infused moisturizer) is an essential step in your daily skincare regimen. The BB cream isn’t enough to protect your delicate skin! This theory actually applies to most products containing SPF. Always use traditional sunscreen as your base layer; don’t rely on products for protection.
Hope this helps. Check back Monday for details on the post-BB skin product that’s about to make to send the beauty world into yet another frenzy.
Images used in feature graphic via Corbis & Sephora.