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The 13 Best BB Creams That Hydrate and Color-Correct Correct Skin

Source of Origin: BYRDIE

BY CLARE HOLDEN and EMILY ALGAR

While foundation will always have its place in our makeup bag, we just can’t go past the light, easy coverage that a BB cream affords. BB creams—short for beauty or blemish balms—are a hybrid between foundation and skincare. The idea is that they’re easy to apply and even out the skin tone while simultaneously improving its appearance. “BB creams are like a skin tint that provides fresh, healthy-looking coverage without the heaviness of a traditional foundation,” explains makeup artist and beauty expert Michael Brown.“They’re great if you want quick, fuss-free coverage.”

We conducted hours of research on the best BB creams, evaluating each formula on active ingredients, benefits, blendability, and overall value. Then we tested them out for ourselves. We also looked at different types of finishes and coverage levels, and considered formulas for every skin type. After considering dozens of brands, and consulting with two celebrity makeup artists, we landed on the following best in show.

It Cosmetics CC+ Cream With SPF 50+

VIEW ON AMAZON $38

VIEW ON SEPHORA $22

VIEW ON ULTA $47

Size: 1.08 ounces | Shades: 22 | Cruelty-Free: Yes

While we do acknowledge that this is a CC Cream, it’s unmatched when it comes to natural-looking coverage, finish, and luminosity. The creamy formula is pigmented, so it does a great job of concealing redness, breakouts, and scarring. One small pump is all you need for a glowing but believable base. “This is a staple for me,” adds Brown. “It does an amazing job evening out the skin without feeling or looking heavy.” Those tight for time in the morning will love how this CC Cream streamlines your entire skincare and makeup routine into a one-step application process. Getting ready has never been so easy as this product not only provides color coverage but is also infused with an anti-aging serum and SPF 50.

Read Full Review: IT Cosmetics CC+ Cream with SPF 50+ Is Lightweight and Hydrating

Milani Skin Tint

VIEW ON AMAZON $11

VIEW ON ULTA $13

VIEW ON TARGET $7

This coconut-scented tint melts into the skin to deliver moisture and provide a dewy finish all at the same time. Skin quencher squalane is the main ingredient here and if maintaining your skin’s hydration is your number one priority then this is the BB Cream to reach for. If you find your skin tends to dry out easily and most products end up looking patchy after a few hours of wear, this light cream offers a winning combo of coverage and hydration that results in a more radiant appearance.

VIEW ON ULTA $10

VIEW ON TARGET $8

VIEW ON WALMART $9

Size: 1 ounces | Shades: 5 | Cruelty-Free: Yes

Light and impossibly fresh, this water-based formula glides over the skin, leaving it smooth, even, and radiant. The coverage is minimal, but it does work well to soften the look of blemishes and refine the look of pores. The self-adjusting shades mean you’ll be able to use it year-round or when you have self-tan on, too.

Those with sensitive skin can benefit immensely from the oil-free formula of this BB Cream. Even if you sometimes still prefer to wear a traditional foundation, subbing in this cream on days when your skin has flared up will provide you with a breathable coverage without further aggravation or clogging up pores.

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