Not everyone’s a fan of foundation as part of their everyday makeup routine. If you're one who falls into that category of low-maintenance beauty buffs, BB creams offer lightweight-but-effective coverage that’s perfect for sweaty weather. And they serve a dual purpose — they’re packed with antioxidants and other minerals that protect and help your skin rather than just evening out skin tone (though they do that, too). Here, the best BB creams out there, for girls who want to ditch their foundation once and for all.
But first, what exactly *is* a BB cream? Short for "blemish balm" or "beauty balm," the product is inherently multipurpose and typically gives lightweight to medium coverage along with sun protection, antioxidants, and more, based on the individual formula. And in terms of where it stands with the rest of your face products, it's a little in between everything — BB creams are lighter than your average foundation, but heavier than a tinted moisturizer.
And while most of the formulas ahead provide similar benefits, they're also beloved for a wide range of other purposes. Take CoverGirl's Clean Matte BB Cream: It's an under-$7 find on Amazon that's perfect for those with oily skin who can't stand a hint of dew. Or, look at Tarte's Amazonian Clay BB Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20, which is loved by celebrity makeup artists and Shay Mitchell-approved (according to her interview with Into The Gloss in 2015), and has nearly 1,000 perfect reviews on Tarte's website from users touting its moisturizing and long-lasting capabilities.
There are a lot more favorites for a lot more reasons ahead, so keep scrolling for seven of the best BB creams on the market right now — and why they're so beloved.
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The Best BB Cream For Super-Oily Skin
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