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What is a bb cream anyway?

Illustration by Kathryn Pineda

You’ve certainly heard of them and you’ve probably even used one, but what actually is a BB Cream? The name is short for Beauty Balm (or some say Blemish Balm) and it takes all the best skin care benefits; hydration, correction, sun protection and a whole heap of other skin-loving bonuses and bottles it up into one easy-to-use product. Multi-taskers rejoice! TMM gives you the cheat sheet on how to find your perfect match.

Born this way: The genius idea is said to have originated in Germany in the 1950s thanks to dermatologists who were looking for a do-it-all skin-perfecting formula (sign us up!). It gained momentum in Asia, thanks to its ability to provide glowing, woke-up-like-this coverage (a.k.a the ultimate complexion goals). Fast forward and now it’s the perfect weekend brunch accessory, your beachside complexion lifesaver and your best gym buddy—effortless in a bottle.

A simple skin solution: Whether you’re a beauty junkie or a beauty novice, BB Cream is super simple to use. After moisturising, simply blend the cream into skin using your fingertips for a truly second-skin finish (or use a foundation brush if you’re feeling fancy). Extra coverage required? You can always follow with foundation. It’s as easy-going as it gets.

Spoilt for choice: Choosing the right BB Cream is a lot like finding the right skin care. Our top tip? Go for the one that addresses your biggest skin concerns. Whether it’s oiliness, redness, dullness or even signs of ageing, these six wonder creams have all matter of concerns covered. Ready for BB-eautiful skin? Let’s go.

1

FRESH AND FLAWLESS

This is the BB Cream that could put the FaceTune app out of business. It creates a wide-awake, flawless finish with under-the-radar coverage and SPF protection that will take you from work to weekend and from seaside to spin.

MECCA MAX Game Face BB Cream SPF 30

2

HYDRATING, SHEER COVERAGE

This ultra-lightweight BB features a built-in primer for supercharged hydration. It glides onto skin with the consistency of liquid silk, blurring imperfections in its path with sheer, luminous and barely-there coverage.

SMASHBOX Camera Ready BB Water SPF

3

ANTI-AGEING AND CORRECTING

It’s hard to comprehend how so many benefits fit into this one little bottle. Stila’s Stay All Day HD Beauty Balm is a 10-in-1 formula that corrects and evens out skin tone, reduces the appearance of pores, controls oil throughout the day, hydrates and has anti-ageing benefits. It's like a perfect-10 finish that takes all of 60 seconds to apply.

Stila Stay All Day HD 10-in-1 Beauty Balm

4

BRIGHTENING AND AGE-FIGHTING

This ultra-lightweight BB features a built-in primer for supercharged hydration. It glides onto skin with the consistency of liquid silk, blurring imperfections in its path with sheer, luminous and barely-there coverage.

Bobbi Brown BB Cream SPF 30

5

CORRECTION AND SUN PROTECTION

If sunscreen makes you think of oily, greasy stuff that smells like—well—sunscreen this is the product to change your perception. A powerful UV protector, it prevents against hyperpigmentation and photoaging, which means fewer age spots and fine lines in the future. Non-greasy, it delivers a hint of coverage to even out skin tone and impart a post-holiday glow—sans sun damage.

Lancome UV Expert Youth Shield

Words by Romy Erdos.

6

ANTI-AGEING BRONZER

More like a serum than a cream, this liquid bronzer drenches skin in sun-kissed radiance and blurs imperfections for a second-skin, soft-focus finish. Anti-ageing ingredients work behind-the-scenes to improve skin; reducing wrinkles, firming and smoothing while you wear it.

By Terry Terrybly Densiliss Sun Glow

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