Checkout this list to determine whether your needs suit one of the uses of BB Cream:

If you want – full coverage:
BB Creams aren’t generally the best choice for a full coverage foundation look. The purpose of a BB Cream is to give a lighter, healthier coverage with many additional benefits for your skin. Most BB Creams however are buildable, meaning you can put layers on top of each other. Be careful you choose the right kind so you don’t end up looking cakey though! There are some good videos on Youtube you could consult for tips about building up products.

medium coverage:
BB Creams can definitely give you a medium coverage if you choose the right one. It most circumstances it will require building your coverage with two layers, but some products like the BRTC Blemish Recover Balm gives a really great medium coverage with only one application. This is because it’s meant for blemished skin, and was purposely made thicker for this reason.

sheer coverage or a brightening effect:
While some of us may curse the people born with near-flawless skin, they are out there! If this is you and all you need is a sheer coverage to even out your tone, or want to brighten or sun-kiss your skin, then a BB Cream can work well for you too! Look for a lighter consistency (a little more watery) which will apply more like a tinted moisturizer, but will still give you SPF and benefits of a BB. One thing to be aware of however is that you will sweat through a sheer coverage more easily, so you definitely need to set it with powder and check on  it throughout the day if it’s hot or humid out.

control oily skin:
Some beauty gurus argue that BB Cream isn’t great for oily skin because it slides around. The fact of the matter is that BB Cream is a moisturizer… if you are layering toners, serums, and moisturizers on your oily skin and then applying BB Cream, it is pretty likely to slide around after a few hours of wear. Be sure to buy an oil free formula, or even better, a BB Cream made to control oil like the aforementioned Blemish Recover Balm by BRTC. Use only skincare products that are meant for oily skin, control oil, and don’t clog pores. Furthermore, be sure to allow each product to fully absorb before applying the next. If you have oily skin, do not use a moisturizer under your BB Cream, it’s really not necessary, and you can also play around with primers and setting sprays as well.


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