With rising temperatures comes the constant reminder to transition our beauty routines for the season by swapping heavy foundations and formulas with lighter ones. This means throwing our matte formula, full-coverage foundations to the side in favour of BB creams, CC creams, and even DD creams (yes, there is such a thing).
With almost half an alphabet of options, it's easy to get confused and find ourselves questioning which formula is right for our skin tone. That's why Get The Look is here to break down the difference between these various creams so that you can determine which type (or letter) is right for you.
You may have heard of it, seen it in stores, or even tried it once or twice before, but what exactly is BB cream? Well, we have the Japanese to thank for bringing Beauty Balm (BB), their cult beauty product, to our makeup bags when summertime comes around. Coloured and lighter than a foundation but boasting more powerful coverage than a tinted moisturizer, BB creams usually contain antioxidants, illuminators, and other skin-care ingredients to smooth the complexion and blur imperfections.
So, who is BB cream right for? If you're genetically blessed with perfect skin and just want some tint to even out your complexion, BB cream is right for you. It's also perfect for those who like to stay away from heavy makeup and foundation, and provides a flawless, natural-looking result when layered underneath concealer to cover up problem areas.
If BB cream is right for you, try L'Oreal's Magic Skin Beautifier B.B. Cream that contains beautifying beads that instantly self-adjust to your perfect shade for a flawless nude finish. If you're looking for colour correction, opt for Magic Skin Anti-Redness Beautifier BB that transforms from its green shade to cancel out the look of unwanted fatigue or redness.
CC cream – otherwise known as Colour Correcting (CC) cream, is a more advanced version of BB cream that takes care of discoloration issues, like redness and sallowness. CC cream has a more whipped, mousse-like consistency, and is generally lighter on the skin than BB cream.
Who should use CC cream? Those who experience redness, discolouration, dark spots, or acne scars. This advanced formula is also great for more mature complexions looking for discoloration reduction with a light, weightless, no-makeup feel. Like BB cream, you can also use CC cream with some concealer and highlighter to achieve a natural-looking, light-weight result.
If CC cream is right for you, opt for L'Oreal's Visible Lift CC Cream that provides a weightless finish that hydrates the skin without leaving it heavy or greasy. The formula contains sheer colour capsules to correct and even skin tone for a brighter complexion, and is infused with Vitamin C and Calcium, making it perfect for age-correction actions!