Want the benefits of skin care ingredients and the coverage of foundation at the same time? Korean BB creams let you have your cake and eat it too.
A BB cream is a single-step base makeup product. Formulated with ingredients to target skin concerns and provide hydration and sun protection, BB creams deliver a natural makeup look with a glow that’s more than skin-deep. BB creams have the feel of a lightweight moisturizer and the look of a sheer foundation. If you’re an apply-makeup-on-the-go kind of person, a BB cream makes your beauty routine and morning commute easier. Besides BB creams, there are also CC creams. While BB stands for “Beauty Balm” or “Blemish Balm,” CC refers to “Color Correcting.” A CC cream generally provides medium coverage and green/yellow undertones to correct redness and blemishes.
Can I use BB cream every day? Yes, you can! BB cream is the ultimate Korean Beauty secret to the “no makeup” makeup look. If you want one beauty product to give you dewy skin, even skin tone and hydrated skin, BB cream does it all in one formula. Apply Korean BB cream on the center of your face (with a brush, beauty sponge or your fingers) and blend outward for the perfect amount of coverage. If you want to further cover breakouts or just prefer fuller coverage, BB creams are buildable, allowing you to achieve a flawless complexion. Simply apply another layer to the entire face or focus on the areas where you want more coverage. These multi-tasking beauty products are packed with hydrating ingredients, so you can skip using a primer all together if you'd like. However, if you're concerned about oily skin or large pores, you can apply a mattifying or blurring primer to your T-zone and problem areas before applying BB cream. For an effortlessly beautiful look, just apply Korean BB cream, mascara and a pop of color on the cheeks, and then head out the door!
BB creams offer different formulas and finishes to suit different skin types. If your skin leans on the drier side, opt for ones with exceptionally hydrating ingredients and finishes. Those with dry skin can wear extra luminous and dewy finishes without looking greasy. The best BB creams for dry skin specialize in covering redness, hydrating dry cheeks, and creating a radiant complexion. One of Korea’s bestsellers, MISSHA’s Perfect Cover BB Cream is ideal for dry skin.
The MISSHA BB cream formula is infused with anti-aging ingredients like collagen and hydrating ingredients like ceramide to create dewy skin. It can be blended into a wash of color or built to medium coverage. If you find that your cheeks and forehead are dry but your T-zone is shiny by the end of the day, you may need a formula that caters to combination skin. The best BB creams for combination skin balance sebum production on the oilier areas of your face without drying out the rest of your skin. Try a BB cushion that evens out skin tone and gives a natural-looking finish to meets the needs of combination skin. If you blot and powder but still have some shine by the end of the day, you need a BB cream for oily skin. The best BB cream for oily skin features ingredients that help to control excess sebum and keep you shine-free. Whether you’re oily year-round or just experience summertime oiliness, look for BB creams with a matte finish to keep your complexion fresh and balanced. BB creams come in a variety of shades to match cool, neutral and warm undertones. YesStyle carries a wide range of Korean BB creams to suit your skin concern, skin tone and budget.
Can BB cream heal skin? Korean BB creams are more than just Korean makeup to cover imperfections. These base products are infused with skin care ingredients that protect your skin and help solve skin concerns like redness, uneven skin tone and dark spots. Korean BB creams often include sought-after ingredients such as snail filtrate and ceramide that help to strengthen your natural skin barrier for healthier skin. If you have sensitive skin, seek out formulas that include these ingredients to complement your existing skin care routine. Most Korean BB creams are also formulated to include high SPF such as SPF 30 and SPF 42 PA. Whatever your skin goals are, good skin begins with sun protection. By using a BB cream with a sun protect element, you can avoid sun damage, hyperpigmentation and future fine lines. The more consistent you are with sunscreen, the more you will start to see results – and the more your skin will thank you.
If you’re deciding between BB cream and foundation, it all depends on the finish, coverage and makeup look you’re going for as well as your current skin care routine and habits. Foundations are applied after sunscreen and primer, and generally offer fuller coverage and longer wear. They focus more on the overall look of the finish (matte, natural or luminous) rather than the ingredients. BB creams generally offer less coverage than foundation but more skin care ingredients, such as hyaluronic acid to provide hydration and Vitamin C to brighten skin. With the right SPF-infused BB cream for your skin type, you can skip primer and sunscreen. If you don’t have enough time to both eat breakfast and blend out foundation in the morning, go for a BB cream that you can seamlessly apply with your fingers. If you’re more than happy to set aside time to apply makeup and want a full coverage look, foundations suit you. For special occasions, foundations would photograph better, while BB creams are ideal for low-maintenance daily wear.