BB is short for “Blemish Balm” or “Beauty Balm”. BB creams were originally used in Germany to help clients protect their skin after laser treatments and ease post-procedure redness. Thanks to their amazing benefits and qualities, BB creams have rapidly spread to the rest of the world, becoming very popular, especially since 2012.
BB Creams are conceived as an all-in-one facial cosmetic product: they hydrate your skin, like a daily cream, provide a good base for makeup, acting like a primer, they help even out complexion, like a tinted moisturizer, and even help cover skin imperfections, like a concealer.
Some Facts about BB Creams
1. BB creams are much more than just tinted moisturizers, as their coverage can be quite efficient as well. BB creams often contain:
- Moisturizing ingredients (hyaluronic acid and glycerin)
- Anti-aging ingredients
- Antioxidants (vitamins A, E, and C)
- Light-reflecting mica particles that provide a luminous finish
- Silicone-based ingredients that help smooth the skin, just as a foundation primer would
2. BB creams are available in a range of shades – from fair to medium-dark tones – or in a single formula that works for all skin tones. If you have normal to oily skin and light to medium skin tone, then BB creams are for you, since you do not need heavy moisturizers or anti-acne ingredients. The all-in-one formula makes BB creams a favorite, as they streamline the process of makeup and make it easy, fast and fun.
How to Apply:
Just as when applying foundation, you can use different tools to apply BB cream, according to your preference: your clean fingers, a foundation brush, or a sponge such as BeautyBlender.
1. First, determine your skin type:
- Normal/Dry Skin: use a moisturizer or serum before applying the BB cream
- Oily/Combination skin: BB cream is the only moisturizer you will need
2. Determine how much coverage you need:
- As with all other makeup, it is best to start with a thin layer and add up, if needed
- Start with a small amount, using the tip of your fingertips, and dot all over the face
- Use your fingertips or a sponge to blend into skin with a circular motion
- If needed, add extra dots and reapply. For areas like under the eye circle or blemishes, you may still need concealer, as most BB creams have light to medium coverage
3. For a longer wear time, set the BB cream with a finishing powder.
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