My skin is not perfect. I’m a big enough person to admit that. I’m lucky enough not to have pimples, but my face tends to get a little flushed and blotchy.
Anyway, like many women, I find myself in lots of situations where I want a product that evens out my skin a bit, but isn’t quite as high-commitment as a real foundation. That’s why I’m so ecstatic that B.B. Creams are becoming so popular.
Although many B.B. Creams have ingredients to fight acne and actually improve skin, I simply like to think of them as the perfect “weekend makeup”—something to wear around that keeps my face protected from the sun, moisturized, and a teensy-bit better-looking. Smack-dab in the middle of “I didn’t try at all” and “I tried way too hard,” or in fashion terms, halfway between Uggs and Louboutins. The texture can take some getting used to—they tend to feel a bit thick, like primer—but they’re great lazy-gal, weekend-day, no-muss-no-fuss additions to any beauty bag.
Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream SPF 35—Available in five different shades, Smashbox’s version provides buildable coverage and can be used as primer to boost regular foundation’s staying power. ($39, exclusively at Sephora)
Estée Lauder DayWear Anti-Oxidant BB Crème—Wearing this lightweight complexion perfector is wearing a super-hydrating moisturizer, plus it has SPF 35. ($39, Neiman Marcus)
Garnier Skin Renew Miracle Skin Perfector B.B. Cream—One step up from a tinted moisturizer—perfect for vacations, summertime, and active days. ($12.99, Drugstore.com)
Dr. Jart Silver Label Rejuvenation BB Cream—Moisturizes, evens tone, and protects skin from the sun ...great for sensitive types who want to avoid multiple products. ($42, Drjartstore.com)
Stila Stay All Day 10-in-1 HD Beauty Balm—Fights redness and irritation, leaving a dry, powdery finish. ($38, Ulta.com)