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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)—aim to “moisturize, protect, and correct” the skin, according to Dr. Sung-Jae Jung, 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, 15 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 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.
Premium BB Beauty Balm SPF 40
- Address dark spots and irritation
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 a Filter-Like Finish
Eaze Drop Blurring Skin Tint
This incredibly lightweight skin tint is for the days when you want a your-face-but-better finish. Fenty Beauty’s skin tint offers subtle coverage to give a filter effect that is undetectable.
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 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 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
- Comes with wand for more control
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 Sun Protection
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 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 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 Soothing Benefits
Bare with Me Tinted Skin Veil
- Calming ingredients to prevent irritation
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 A Subtle 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 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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