Skin Perfecting Makeup: The 411 on BB + CC Creams, Foundation Serums + More!

By Courtney Leiva

Unlike the beauty products of yesteryear, today’s cosmetic breakthroughs properly cater to those who are looking for multitasking lifesavers, providing you with amazing coverage and saving lots of time.

Case in point: skin perfecting creams!

Hiding facial flaws (fast!) and offering sun protection (not usually found in most foundation-based products), these skin-perfecting products will save you time, money… and face!

BB Creams. They have grown immensely popular thanks to their multitasking awesomeness, which fuses together brightening, sun protecting and foundation-like coverage in just one product. These types of goodies are handy for the gal on-the-move, as they can transform dull and sallow skin instantly upon application. Due to their can-achieve-anything appeal, BB creams often vary in price, but don’t be sold on just the expensive formulas. Equally budget-friendly and definitely fast-acting, the Laneige BB Cushion SPF 50 Broad Spectrum ($34, target.com) has become an instant hit, as it’s five-in-one formula brightens, and hydrates the skin upon application. And available in three different shades, press the formula-soaked cushion onto the skin for best results.

CC Creams. Another popular skin-perfecting product, CC creams color correct (hence the “CC”) with continued use. Like BB creams, CC formulas contain skin nourishing and moisturizing ingredients. However, thanks to new color correcting technology, these products work best for improving unwanted skin redness and inflammation. Often much lighter on the skin too, it’s always best to go for a CC cream if you find yourself more sensitive to most creams and foundations. For a smidge of bronze inside your CC cream, the It Cosmetics CC + Radiance Ombre Bronzer ($34, ulta.com) makes a fabulous choice as gives your face the right amount of color without weighing it down.

Foundation Serums. For even less makeup-like coverage, try a foundation serum! Quickly emerging on the beauty scene, they bring you that flawless glow, with added SPF and without the feel of caked on makeup. To try out this growing trend, pick up the innovative Perricone MD No Foundation Foundation Serum, ($55, sephora.com), which fights fine lines and wrinkles, while correcting uneven pigmentation. Plus, it’s so air light and breathable, you won’t even know you’re wearing it.

Touch-Up Perfecters. When you need a quick touch up (and when you clearly don’t have the time – or desire! – to slather on that full painted face!) these are the way to go. To smooth out lines and keep makeup intact, use the effortless Carmindy & Co CarmaBlur ($25, hsn.com) to eliminate oils and achieve a super matte finish. Crave a more luminous glow? Turn to the Covergirl TruMagic The Luminizer ($10.49, ulta.com), which highlights and illuminates the face pronto.

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