Let me begin by saying I’m far from vain, but I do like to look my best no matter the occasion. One of the most talked about or mentioned things when I see friends, colleagues or even family is my skin. I’m regularly complimented on my flawless complexion or my skin’s smooth texture. While I do take my skin care routine very seriously, I do also get by with a little help from BB Cream.
BB Cream was originally formulated in Germany in 1960 and has come a long way since then. These miracle products usually combine serum, moisturiser, primer, foundation and sunblock all in one, and treat a number or concerns by boosting radiance, improving tone and concealing imperfections. A day doesn’t pass that I don’t use this product and here are a few of my favourites:
Thalgo BB Crème Perfect Glow
Give skin a moisture boost while adding radiance to the skin. Thalgo’s BB Crème restores skin’s radiance while its unique Vitaplump formulation breathes new life into the skin. This lightweight crème blurs imperfections, moisturises the skin and protects it from UV rays with the inclusion of SPF 15. It offers a light to medium coverage with a velvety finish on the skin. I found it contained the right balance between matte and a luminous finish. This product is perfect for hydrating and moisturising the skin. Thalgo BB Crème – Natural $48.
Philosophy No Reason to Hide
While it technically doesn’t have the words BB in the title, this little beauty will have you checking out your complexion in every mirror you walk by. No Reason to Hide instantly evens skin tone and texture, while reducing pores and enhancing the overall appearance of the skin. It offers a natural looking coverage which you can build on. This product has a nice dewy finish which makes the skin appear healthy, smooth and refreshed – a great product when your skin is looking a little tired or after a night out on the town. It also features SPF 20 to protect skin when you’re out and about. Philosophy No Reason to Hide – Light $50
MAC Prep + Prime BB Beauty Balm Compact
Taking SPF protection to a new level, MAC’s BB Beauty Balm Compact features SPF 30 to shield skin from damaging UV rays. This beauty balm features softening ingredients to lock moisture into the skin, while immediately evening skin tone and adding a luminous glow to the skin. Like with most compacts you can build on the coverage but with a standard application, you would get a light coverage. This product works well to give skin a radiant appearance while it feels nourishing on the skin. MAC Prep +Prime BB Beauty Balm Compact SPF 30 – Extra Light $44.
YSL Top Secrets All-In-One BB Cream
Get runway ready with this all in one skin tone perfector. This product primes the skin to conceal imperfections while providing 24-hour hydration for all complexions including oily skin. This product offers a medium coverage on the skin with a matte finish. Dependant on the shade you choose the effects are different. The medium shade provides the skin with an immediate healthy glow when used on dull or slightly tanned skin. YSL Top Secrets can be applied before makeup to provide a sophisticated make-up finish, or used alone for a natural look.This product features SPF 20 and is perfect for anyone with oily skin like me; I found it reduced the shine which I love. YSL Top Secrets All-In-One BB Cream – Medium $86.
Physician Formula Argan Wear BB Cream
The Argan Oil trend may have slowed down a little, but the benefits this powerful oil are still going strong. This BB cream features a 100% Argan oil-infused formula to condition the skin, improving brightness, tone, texture and elasticity. It features light reflecting pigments to leave skin looking radiant and youthful while concealing flaws and imperfections. Surprisingly this product is light weight and glides on the skin nicely, without leaving a greasy feel or finish. It provides light to medium coverage and also features SPF 30. Physicians Formula Argan Wear BB Cream- Light/Medium $25.95
Kiehl’s Actively Correcting & Beautifying BB Cream
Packing a hit of vitamin C Kiehl’s BB not only conceals imperfections, but it works to correct skin discolorations. Suitable for all skin types, this light-weight cream offers a buildable coverage which provides all-day hydration. If ageing or pores are a concern, it works by reducing the appearance of these concerns to reveal a radiant and youthful complexion. It’s also loaded with SPF 30, so you’re free to roam outdoors without worrying about premature ageing. It provides a nice matte finish on the skin and is also perfect for anyone with oily skin. Kiehl’s Actively Correcting & Beautifying BB Cream – Light $40.
Tip: For best results, always apply BB cream with a foundation brush or my favourite, the MAC Stippling Brush 187.