Foundation 101: Your Guide to BB Creams

Whenever a new product hits the shelves and promises great results, it’s easy to be skeptical. The latest item to pop up everywhere is the new generation of foundation called BB cream. "Beauty Balm" or "Blemish Balm" originally started in Asia and launched in the U.S. last year.

BB cream is especially good for those (like Latinas) who are genetically predisposed to melasma and hyperpigmentation, that both create skin discoloration. The balm also helps with acne, has anti-aging ingredients, and has a built in SPF!

1. BB Cream: Clinique

Clinique Age Defense BB Cream, SPF30:

For those looking for anti-aging benefits and high SPF, this is the way to go. The product comes in three shades: very fair (with pink undertones), very fair to moderately fair (with golden undertones) and moderately fair to medium (with golden undertones).

$37, Clinique.com 


2. BB Cream: Too Faced

Too Faced Beauty Balm Multi-Benefit Skin Care Makeup:

This oil-free beauty balm with SPF 20 nourishes your skin while giving it a nice glow. It has anti-aging, and multi-mineral complexes that promote cell health and improves the skin. This BB cream comes in four colors and works for just about every Latina skin tone.

$32, skinstore.com 


3. BB Cream: Garnier

Garnier Miracle  Skin Perfector Daily All-In-One BB Cream, SPF 15:

This is by far the bargain buy of the bunch (perfect for those who are a bit skeptical!). This BB cream provides only minimal coverage, so you may need to layer under foundation if you’re looking for a more polished look.

$12, Garnierusa.com 


4. BB Cream: Smashbox

Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream SPF 35:

This multi-tasking cream primes your skin, controls oil, and protects for flawless skin at every application. This is ideal for oily complexions, and it lasts up to eight hours.

$39, smashbox.com 


5. BB Cream: Dior

Dior Hydra Life BB Crème SPF 30:

For those looking to splurge, this cream is full of cutting edge skin care ingredients that will moisturize, smooth, and leave the skin velvety soft. This cream also has pigments and correcting powders that even out skin tone and corrects skin imperfections.

$56, Sephora.com 


6. BB Cream: Stila

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

Even though this BB Cream only come in one shade, it’s said to work for all skin types and skin tones, and has been shown to hide skin imperfections and reduce wrinkle depth.

$38, stilacosmetics.com