All good makeup looks have one thing in common – a flawless base. But when it comes to achieving that smooth and perfect complexion, there is a huge selection of beauty products to buy which can make things quite confusing. For starters, there’s CC cream, BB cream, foundation, tinted moisturizer, etc. As if this was not enough, you also have to find your correct shade and your skin-flattering finish. In this article, we are going to guide you and help you find out what is the difference between BB cream CC cream and foundation, thus helping you find the right one for you.
CC cream is a cream that is also known as “colour corrective” or “complexion corrector”. This cream is light in texture, but it still provides a foundation-like coverage. In fact, the concept behind a good CC cream is to even out redness, blotchiness, dark undereye circles, acne scarring, uneven skin tone, and similar.
There is a huge selection of CC creams made from different brands, but generally, they all share similar properties. CC creams usually include vitamins, antioxidants, mineral SPF, brighteners, skin firming agents, and soothing agents like soy, shea butter, and green tea. Generally, these creams are packed with hydrating and anti-aging properties. Most of them are formulated with SPF as well as with ingredients that blur wrinkles and age spots.
Since they have colour correcting qualities, they are suitable for people who need a little more colour balance. There are only a few shades available, so it should be easy for you to find the right one. When it comes to skin types, CC cream is best for oily skin and acne-prone skin.
Wondering what is the best way to apply CC cream? This cream can be applied by dabbing a small amount on your forehead, nose, cheeks, and chin. Blend it in with your fingers, foundation brush or with a wet sponge. It also works well as a colour-correcting primer underneath the foundation, as it will allow you to completely even out your skin tone.
BB cream, where BB stands for “beauty balm” or “blemish balm”, is a makeup base product lauded for its ability to even out skin tone and correct blemishes. It is lighter in coverage than regular foundations yet thicker than a tinted moisturizer. If you’re looking for a slight evening of skin tone without feeling the heaviness of the foundation, this is the right choice for you. It offers sheer coverage and is good for concealing minor blemishes.
BB creams usually contain ingredients that are used in skincare, which means that you can lightly cover imperfections while caring for your skin. They often contain sunscreen, but the key ingredients are antioxidants that help protect the skin against free radicals and pollution.
These creams also vary widely by brands, but generally, they have the same ingredients, including vitamins, antioxidants, moisturizers, mineral SPF, skin firming agents and brighteners. Hence, the major benefit of this cream is to hydrate dry skin. It’s also worth mentioning that the SPF in BB creams can vary greatly, but it’s mostly recommended to use sunscreen with SPF or higher each day. If it has a lower SPF, you will also need to wear sunscreen. When it comes to application, it can be applied the same way as a CC cream.
Foundation is a skin-coloured makeup product that is used to even out your skin tone, i.e. it improves skin tone while camouflaging blemishes, and colouring up discolouration like redness and hyperpigmentation. This product provides more coverage than CC creams and BB creams.
The foundation is thicker in consistency than CC and BB creams, but the beauty of this base product is that you can find it in a range of thickness – from light to medium to heavy. Foundations are more likely to come in a slew of shades for all different skin tones. Since you have to find a foundation that looks like your own skin, this is one of the toughest makeup products to buy. All in all, you won’t be able to stick to one foundation shade year-round, meaning you have to adapt your shade to the current seasons. Our skin tends to warm up in spring and summer while we’re more active outdoors and we’re in direct sunlight
Foundation can be used for both everyday wear and special occasions that call for heavier coverage. It is available in many forms, including liquid, cream, pressed powder, loose powder, mousse, and solid stick. It comes in different finishes as well, including matte, satin, and dewy which will complement your type of skin – whether it’s oily, normal or dry. However, this makeup product lacks skin-friendly ingredients, so it is not a multipurpose product. This means that if you use foundation, you will also have to wear a primer underneath, moisturizer and sunscreen – products that you don’t need when you use CC and BB creams.