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With the exception of a rare full-glam night out, my wish is for my makeup to be undetectable and natural enough to trick people into thinking I woke up looking stunning. While a good foundation can sometimes do the trick, on a day-to-day basis, BB creams are where it’s at.
Existing somewhere between a moisturizer and foundation BB creams—beauty or blemish balm (BB)—aims to “moisturize, protect, and correct” the skin, according to Sung-Jae Jung, MD, founder of BB pioneer Dr. Jart+. Essentially, BB’s are supposed to minimize the need for the other products in your beauty routine to allow your skin to breathe and look like, well, skin. Not to be mistaken for its sister, CC creams—which stand for “color correcting”— many BB creams are infused with antioxidants, brightening agents, acids, and broad-spectrum SPF to treat the skin while delivering a fresh, even glow. So that means that if you need a little help covering a blemish, a BB cream will actually help it, not inflame it.
A full beat is great, but nothing beats the summer heat like a lightweight, breathable BB cream. Ahead, 23 of the best BB creams to make your skin look like skin, but better.
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For An Easy Blend
BB Cream SPF 20
Infused with cucumber, jojoba, aloe, and vitamin E, your skin will feel hydrated and healthy for days on end. The lightly tinted cream also blends super easily for a natural finish.
For A Makeup and Skincare Hybrid
Pretty Fresh Hyaluronic Acid Tinted Moisturizer
Formulated with hyaluronic acid and coconut water, Coloupop’s tinted moisturizer is a makeup and skincare hybrid that gives your skin some much-needed TLC as it covers blemishes.
For A Green Beauty Fix
BB Cream with SPF 15
Burt’s Bees BB cream has the perfect balance of a hydrating lotion and concealer-like coverage. The added noni extract provides a burst of antioxidants.
For A Mrs. Bieber-Approved Product
Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream SPF 30
BareMinerals’ Complexion Rescue offers a weightless veil of coverage and hydrates even the driest skin. Plus, it’s Hailey Bieber’s desert island must-have for broad-spectrum SPF.
For Dry and Dull Skin
Hydro Boost Hydrating Tint
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Skin feeling kind of blah? Key ingredients hyaluronic and glycerin in this formula work to hydrate and plump your skin for a refreshed glow.
For Radiant Skin
SunnyDays SPF 30 Tinted Sunscreen Foundation
For the ultimate dewy look, this SPF-infused lightweight foundation leaves the skin looking glowing and naturally radiant. It also contains natural extracts that help repair and heal any blemishes or reactive areas on the skin.
For Skin-First Makeup
Revealer Skin-Improving Foundation
The newest product from Kosas is this incredibly lightweight foundation that contains SPF, niacinamide, and hyaluronic acid. While it covers pimples or imperfections, the ingredients in the formula also help heal them throughout the day.
For Ultimate Dewy Skin
Slip Tint Dewy Tinted Moisturizer
Dry skin will be so happy with this ultra-moisturizing tinted liquid. It subtly improves the overall skin tone, while hyaluronic acid hydrates licorice root extract brightens skin over time.
For The Perfect Color Match
Super Serum Skin Tint SPF 40 Foundation
With squalane, niacinamide, and hyaluronic acid, this product truly is a serum that gives skin a beautiful, radiant tint and finish. Plus, the formula comes in 30 shades to suit a wide range of skin tones.
Your Skin’s Best Friend
Bare with Me Tinted Skin Veil
As the name suggests, this NYX Cosmetics staple provides a bare-faced feel while using two of the most calming, skin-loving ingredients: aloe and cucumber extracts.
For Mineral Sunscreen Lovers
CC Screen 100% Mineral CC Cream SPF 50
Everything you love about Supergoop’s star sunscreen, now in a tinted mineral CC cream. This super lightweight formula leaves your skin hydrated, glowing, and protected.
For a Skin-Like Finish
Camo CC Cream
Trust us, you don’t want to sleep on E.L.F’s CC cream. The formula is thick enough to give you medium-to-full coverage but minus the heaviness so that the finish feels more like skin and less like foundation.
Premium BB Beauty Balm SPF 40
Here’s a beauty balm that can do it all. The formula works to even skin tone and contains botanical actives that calm red or irritated skin. Arbutin also works to eradicate dark spots, leaving your skin bright and fresh.
For the Frugal Shopper
BB Cream HD Beauty Balm
L.A. Girl’s concealers became a fan-favorite for delivering high-end quality for less than $5. Now, its BB cream provides the same results without hurting your wallet.
For Sun Protection
Stem Cellular CC Cream SPF 30
While you’re focused on evening out your tone and hiding impurities, Juice Beauty’s CC cream is doing the hard work beneath the surface. Sun protection (SPF30), rich antioxidants, and radiant skin are what you can expect from using this product.
For a Good Deal
Dream Fresh BB Cream 8-In-1 Skin Perfector
Here’s the ultimate drugstore steal. The water-gel formula goes on smooth, providing hydration in an instant. The product also is free from oils so your skin will be dewy but not shiny.
For A Glow
Perfecting Skin Tint
Glossier’s beloved skin tint is described as a “sheer skin enhancer,” and enhancing is exactly what it does. The cream won’t blur dark spots and blemishes but it will give your skin an even tone and a sunkissed glow.
For An Instagram-Ready Finish
Tinted Moisturizer Natural Skin Perfector Broad Spectrum SPF 30
Laura Mercier took its original tinted moisturizer and revamped it with a new formula and a wider shade range. With added skincare ingredients like moisturizing macadamia and kukui seed oils, this skin tint provides an instant natural finish—no Paris IG filter necessary.
For All-In-One Coverage
CC+ Cream with SPF 50+
If your makeup routine includes five or more products, It Cosmetics’ CC+ cream is the all-in-one product you need to cut your routine in half. Its buildable coverage hides imperfections without leaving a cakey feeling, while collagen, antioxidants, peptides, and more work together to nourish and protect skin over time.
For Matte Skin
Anti-Blemish Solutions Bb Cream SPF 40
If you’re looking for a bit more coverage, this BB cream is made for you. The non-greasy texture takes care of shine all day to create a matte finish that doesn’t look too dry.
For The ‘Gram
Super BB InstaReady BB Cream
Like the name promises, this BB cream will have you Instagram-ready in a pinch. The blendable and buildable coverage will also cover imperfections and provide a flawless skin look.
For Sensitive Types
BB Cream Broad Spectrum Spf 30
The non-drying and non-comedogenic formula won’t clog your pores, making it ideal for the most sensitive skin types. The BB cream also adapts to different skin tones so you’ll never have to worry about color matching.
For A Vegan Option
Amazonian Clay BB Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 20
The Amazonian clay at the base of Tarte’s BB is ideal for oily skin because it sops up excess oil as your wear it. The cream is also packed with vitamins A, C, and E that moisturize and brighten skin.
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