Picture this: you’re out of foundation. You run into Sephora, Ulta, or a drugstore to quickly grab your ol’ go-to. When you arrive, however, you’re overwhelmed with the wall of tinted moisturizers, protectors, perfecters, and bases that rise up to greet you. Don’t fret.Your local beauty editor is here to help. Come with me to the land of Beauty Balms and Color Correctors, where skincare and foundation make a baby. Let’s find your perfect match.

First of all, what are these magical alphabet creams and what is the difference between them? Let’s start at the very beginning, a very good place to start. BB stands for

Urban Decay BB Cream

Urban Decay BB Cream

Beauty Balm. In other countries it can stand for Blemish Balm or Blemish Base; it’s all the same idea. The genius behind it is that it is a one-stop shop for busy/lazy people. Savvy, skin-obsessed people will layer it with a foundation, but they can be worn alone. It has everything your skin wants: hydration, acne-fighting ingredients, anti-aging properties, sun protection, and a magical, luminous glow.Created by a German doctor in the 60’s to protect sensitive skin after surgeries, the concept then traveled to Japan, and became a huge fad that has yet to fade. Eventually we Americans caught on and had our lives changed by it as well. Generally, most BB’s have the same texture, which is a bit like boogers and whipped cream. If you’re oily, you might want to wear it in place of moisturizer. As a dry, scaly-skinned person, I put mine on after moisturizer and before foundation. If you’re looking to layer, check out the ingredients. Dimethicone is found in most foundation primers, and will add an additional use to your BB. You’ll BB feeling beautiful in no time! My favorite: Urban Decay Naked Skin BB Cream. Self-adjusts to most skin tones, SPF 20. It has an ingredient called Pepha-Protect, which breaks down DNA damage, so it’s correcting while also protecting!

Smashbox Camera Ready CC Cream

Smashbox Camera Ready CC Cream

CC stands for Color Correcting. This generally offers even less coverage than a BB. This product is targeted for people who have redness, sallowness, or dark spots. It will blur any imperfections on the face and prepare it for foundation. It can also be worn alone f

or a barely-there look. I would compare this to a tinted moisturizer. It’s not going to give the finish you want if you like fuller coverage, but it’s better than doing nothing. My favorite: Smashbox CC Cream. Comes in many colors, so you’re sure to find the right fit.

DD Cream

DD Cream

DD can either mean “Dynamic Do-All” or “Daily Defense.” This is basically a fusion of BB’s and CC’s. They literally do everything your skin needs. If you’ve never used any of these products, take my advice and skip right to the DD. It’s the future, baby. My favorite is DERMAdoctor’s DD cream. See what they did there? They mixed “DD cream” with “DERMAdoctor” to get a cutesy name! I love it.

Remember, no one product is right for everyone. I’ve tried dozens of creams, and I’ll continue to try more as companies keep improving their products. When you find something that works, share it with us! We’d love to hear your finds and feedback. Til next time, keep looking Awesome in The State of Awesome.

XO,

Kelsey

  • Christina

    Hmmm. Never heard of CC or DD cream before! I’ll have to head to Walgreens and try it out!