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Beauty on a Budget: How to Make BB Cream

BB creams have become a beauty staple in the past few years, and there's no denying that what they do for your skin is important. But that doesn't mean you have to spend your valuable beauty dollars on them. Check out how easy it is to make your own BB cream with products you likely have on hand.

OK, I'm going to say something kinda controversial, so listen up. BB creams are more marketing tactic than must-have products. I like them, and they certainly have their place, but you can certainly DIY what is equivalent to a tinted moisturizer on steroids. Because most BB creams offer you moisture, sun protection, coverage and a bit of a glow, you can easily create your own version with just three products you probably already have on hand!

BB Cream Supplies

Start by gathering your supplies. You'll need a facial moisturizer with SPF like my favorite Peter Thomas Roth Max All Day Defense Moisture Cream with SPF 30, a pigmented liquid or cream concealer like Kat Von D Tattoo Concealer and a liquid illuminator like Revlon Skinlights Face Illuminator. You can mix the products on the back of your hand, on a small paper plate or on a plastic paint palette—whatever you have handy.

BB Cream Steps 1 and 2

1. Squeeze out a nickel-size amount of SPF-rich moisturizer onto your mixing surface. An SPF-rich moisurizer will give you both hydration and sun protection throughout the day.

2. For a glowing radiance, add 1/2 teaspoon of a liquid illuminator to the moisturizer. I'm using the color Bare Lights in the Revlon Skinlights line, which is a true champagne color to match my skin tone. You may want to experiment with more peachy, pink or golden illuminators to find the one that works best with your skin tone.

BB Cream Steps 3 and 4

3. Add roughly 1/4 teaspoon of cream concealer to your mixture. This will give you coverage, but since it's cut with moisturizer and illuminator, it will be just the right amount for a smooth, light finish.

4. Mix all three products together thoroughly and apply to your face with your fingers or a brush. Set with a translucent powder to look BB-fresh all day!

A couple of other things to keep in mind:

  • If you have skin on the oily side, try subbing in a matte-fying moisturizer instead of an illuminator or using half moisturizer, half primer in step 2.
  • For a bit more color, try a bronze liquid illuminator instead of one that perfectly matches your skin tone.
  • You can mix your self-tanner right into your BB cream too!

For more makeup and skincare advice, visit Ivy at Wake Up for Makeup

Ivy Boyd

I have a Bachelor's degree in Graphic Design, but it's creating works of art on faces that I love most. By day, I am a Senior Education Consultant for Sephora as well as a freelance makeup artist. The rest of the time, I'm creating content for my makeup and beauty blog, Wake Up for Makeup, reading product reviews, watching tutorial videos and reading makeup artist books. I live and breathe this stuff and if you could eat makeup, I'd probably do that too. I also love painting abstracts, running, attending music festivals and acting weird with my husband and our two awesome cats. I'm here to tell you what products are legit, how to better use the ones you have, give you ideas to shake up your routine and guide you through some fun tutorials I know you can dominate.

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