BB creams, beauty balms, blemish balms—whatever you want to call ’em—first burst on the K-beauty scene what feels like a million years ago, before becoming a staple in your best friend’s, your mom’s, and your co-worker’s routines. And even with all the skincare developments in recent years, few makeup products can promise the same medium coverage, sun protection, and skin-treating benefits that a single tube of BB cream can.
Which is why I’m so obsessed with using a BB cream over a CC cream or foundation. On days when you need less coverage than a foundation but more skincare benefits than a tinted moisturizer can offer, a BB cream is still my go-to choice. Below, 13 of the best formulas for whatever your skin needs.
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When you’re having a good skin day, all you might want is a nice, even wash of color and heathy, dewy glow. Enter this lightweight tinted cream by E.l.f. Filled with with skin-soothing ingredients, like cucumber, jojoba, and aloe, this BB cream is like a little spa retreat for your face, afterglow and all. But if you have naturally oily skin, be warned: The formula might have a little too much sheen for those who prefer a matte finish.2best bb cream for flaky skinTarte Cosmetics Amazonian Clay BB Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20
Have you ever applied foundationon top of dry, flaky skin? Yeah, it’s not great. Instead of smoothing everything out, the makeup only seems to highlight the flakes and texture. So, put down your cakey foundation and try a BB cream like this instead. This formula both hydrates your skin and reduces oil(you have the Amazonian clay to thank for that), all while providing the medium coverage of a foundation.ADVERTISEMENT – CONTINUE READING BELOW
3best bb cream for dark spotsDr. Jart+ Premium Beauty Balm SPF 45
When dealing with dark spots and discoloration, there’s usually a tendency to reach for the thickest concealer you can find. Totally understandable, but you also need products to treat and prevent an uneven skin tone. So what do you do? Grab a BB cream that does all three. This formula has buildable coverage, contains arbutin to fade dark spots, and uses a combo of zinc oxide and titanium dioxide for sun protection.4best natural bb creamBurt’s Bees BB Cream With SPF 15
You’ll love this lightweight formula for its silky texture that sinks into a natural, believable finish. A bit of an overachiever, this BB cream has noni extract (a protective antioxidant) and claims nine benefits in one, including hydrating, smoothing, concealing, and plumping your fine lines and wrinkles.ADVERTISEMENT – CONTINUE READING BELOW
5best bb cream for oily skinMaybelline New York Makeup Dream Fresh BB Cream
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This lightweight BB cream has eight skin benefits rolled into one tube. It blurs pores and fine lines, brightens dull skin, evens out your tone, and smooths your texture, all while protecting with SPF 30. And the best part? It has an oil-free formula that won’t cause breakouts.6best bb cream for acneClinique Acne Solutions BB Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 40
If your skin is prone to breakouts, slathering concealer all over your face on a muggy day is probably the last thing you want to do. Luckily, a formula like this one, designed specifically for acne-prone skin types,is oil-free and won’t clog your pores as it covers irritated, broken-out areas. And sunscreen haters, this SPF 40 leaves behind a matte finish, rather than the usual greasy residue of a sunblock. ADVERTISEMENT – CONTINUE READING BELOW
7best bb cream for fuller coverageUrban Decay Naked Skin One & Done SPF 20
Although it doesn’t explicitly say “BB cream” in the name, this hybrid foundation has all the brightening and hydrating benefits of one. It’s touted as providing fuller coveragethan a BB cream, but it still feels lightweight on skin. 8best anti-aging bb creamGarnier SkinActive BB Cream Anti-Aging Face Moisturizer
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If aging skin is a concern of yours, skip the heavy foundations, which can settle into fine lines, and opt instead for a hydrating BB cream. This one uses Pro-xylane, an ingredient that helps the skin retain water, to plump up fine lines and wrinkles.9best bb cream for dry skinBareMinerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream SPF 30
Although labeled a tinted cream, this gel formula is the ultimate multitasker, being a combination of a BB cream, CC cream, and tinted moisturizer. Not only does it have the antioxidants and sun protection of a BB cream, it also features the color correction of a CC cream, the hydration of a moisturizer, and the coverage of a foundation. Yes, this is your dream.ADVERTISEMENT – CONTINUE READING BELOW
10best bb cream for skin prepMAC Prep + Prime Beauty Balm SPF 35
While this beauty balm can be worn by itself, it’s meant to be used as a primer to block your skin from sun damage, control oil production, and blur your pores. And, all together, the ingredients work to create a perfect canvas for flawless foundation application.11best bb cream for buildable coverageSmashbox Camera Ready BB Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 35
Unlike some BB creams that pill or roll off as you pile on more layers, this sheer-coverage cream is buildable for a customizable finish. You can even use it as a first step to moisturize and prime your face for beautifully prepped skin before applying your foundation.12best bb cream for dull skinBobbi Brown BB Cream SPF 35
This paraben-, sulfate-, and phthalate-free formula works to brighten skin with its light-reflecting pigments, but it also, over time, uses antioxidant ingredients to fight dullness caused by free-radical damage.ADVERTISEMENT – CONTINUE READING BELOW
13best bb cream for a glowy complexionJane Iredale Glow Time Full Coverage Mineral BB Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 25
What makes this BB cream stand out among the many others is its water-resistant, full-coverage formula. It has enough pigment not only to minimize zits, but it also works as an excellent, lightweight under-eye concealer.BROOKE SHUNATONABrooke Shunatona is a contributing writer for Cosmopolitan.com.