About Face

Protect and perfect your skin with beauty’s latest buzz-worthy creams


HD: What are BB and CC creams, and what are the differences between them?

SB: BB and CC creams are similar in a lot of ways, but target different skin concerns. Both of these products are multitasking as they act as a primer, foundation, anti-aging moisturizer, and SPF all in one. The main differences between the two are that BBs treat skin’s appearance with high levels of active skincare ingredients, while CCs color-correct and even skin’s tone with targeted formulas.

HD: What’s the best way to wear them?

SB: Since both of these products feature a creamy formula, it’s best to pat and blend them onto the skin as opposed to rubbing it on. Building up coverage is key — start with a small amount and add bit-by-bit if more coverage is needed. Consider your BB or CC creams as your classic makeup base, but supercharged. They cover many different skin concerns with effective skincare ingredients and color formulations to give you a smooth complexion while also nourishing your skin. I like to apply the BB or CC cream before applying any other makeup, such as bronzer or blush, and use it in lieu of foundation.

Hour Picks — BB Creams

Kiehl’s Skin Tone Correcting & Beautifying BB Cream
The name says it all — Kiehl’s lightweight formula with SPF 50 conceals imperfections with buildable coverage while reducing discoloration, leaving skin protected and hydrated all day. $37, at Kiehl’s, Somerset Collection North, Troy; 248-458-2023; kiehls.com.

Too Faced Air-Buffed BB Crème
With a unique Air-Buff brush applicator, this full-coverage cream-to-powder formula Beauty Balm with SPF 20 brightens, conceals, and protects, all with a lightweight second skin finish. $39, at local Sephora, Ulta, and Macy’s locations, and toofaced.com.

IMAN Cosmetics Skin Tone Evener BB Crème SPF 15
Available in six diverse shades, ranging from Sand Light to Earth Deep, IMAN’s BB cream combines high-tech and natural ingredients to brighten, hydrate, and protect skin while fighting fine lines, wrinkles, and other signs of aging. $20, at select Walgreens locations, target.com, ulta.com and drugstore.com.

Hour Picks — CC Creams

Smashbox Camera Ready CC Cream
Smashbox’s lightweight CC cream with SPF 30 primes, perfects, protects, and visibly fades dark spots, sun spots, and post-acne scarring, leaving behind a brighter, more even complexion. $42, at local Nordstrom, Macy’s, and Sephora locations, and smashbox.com.

Olay Total Effects Tone Correcting CC Cream
Olay’s budget-friendly CC cream with SPF 15 provides color correction immediately and over time, while treating seven signs of aging, providing skin with multiple instant and long-term benefits. $21.59 suggested retail, at local Target and CVS/pharmacy locations, and drugstore.com.

Sephora Collection Skin Perfect CC Cream SPF 20
Available in seven shades, Sephora’s CC cream features a Hydra24 Complex that immediately hydrates skin and minimizes pores, a licorice extract that evens skin tone, and a sea kale extract that smooths the appearance of fine lines. $26, at local Sephora locations and sephora.com.

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