Once upon a time, cosmetics were a simple affair. Foundation provided your foundation for make-up, blush made you look like you were blushing and concealer hid your imperfections. But now, with innovations like BB and CC cream, you’d be forgiven for wanting a dictionary with your products let alone working how to use them. Well, dear reader, you’ve come to the right place! Here’s the ultimate guide to these alphabet creams…and which one is right for YOU.
BB and CC Creams come in light shades
What is Clinique BB Cream?
Originating in South Korea (one of the most cosmetics-obsessed countries in the world), BB cream stands for Beauty Balm or Blemish Balm. Similar to a tinted moisturiser, it acts as a primer, moisturiser and foundation, but with the added benefits of skincare. Most have SPF, so as well as smoothing your complexion, evening out the tone and providing hydration, it will also protect against sun damage and related signs of ageing.
How do I Use Clinique BB Cream?
Apply exactly as you would a tinted moisturiser. Make sure that your face is cleansed and dry, then take a small amount and warm it up in your hands before gliding across the forehead, cheeks, nose and chin. Be sure to blend in well around the hair- and jaw-lines â the idea is for it to look like your skin, not your make-up!
Melissa's Verdict: Use Clinique BB Cream for a Smoother Look
I love BB cream for days when I just want to look polished, not fully made-up. It’s super easy to apply and makes my skin look healthy and dewy in seconds! As BB cream lets your skin breathe a lot more than heavier products, like foundation, it’s my base of choice post-facial or laser.
Embryolisse Secret de Maquilleurs BB Cream illuminates skin and fights free radicals
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BB and CC Creams come in darker shades as well
What is Clinique CC Cream?
The over-achieving sister of BB cream, CC cream stands for Colour Correcting. As well as performing that task, it will also cover redness, hide and treat acne, conceal dark spots and add radiance to sallow, dark skin. Oh, and it’s choc-full of vitamins C and E, too. No biggie!
How do I Use Cliqnue CC Cream?
Just like a BB cream, but focus it more on any problem zones be they pimples, pigmentation or ageing/darkened areas.
Melissa's Verdict: Use Clinique CC Cream for a Lightweight Feel
A CC cream tends to provide a lighter coverage than a BB cream, so I like to use it when my skin is playing up. Due to the colour-corrective nature of the product, they tend to be more tinted and therefore great to use in summer when our skins are naturally more tanned and less in need of a faux glow.
Kerastase Soleil CC Crème contains UV filters for hair protection and radiance
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