If you’re a BB-virgin, here’s what you need to know.
BB stands for beauty balms or blemish balms.
The cream was first developed by a derm in Germany to protect skin after laser treatments. It gained popularity as a beauty product in South Korea and Japan before becoming a worldwide hit.
A well-formulated BB cream is meant to be an all-in-one substitute for moisturizer, primer, sunscreen, skin treatment, concealer and foundation. The listed ingredients should provide you with an idea of what’s in your product.
Application is quicker and easier than with foundation or a tinted moisturizer. You could use clean fingers, a foundation brush or even a sponge to apply. If you’re in a rush and don’t have time to wear foundation, BB is the way to go.
Turn your BB cream into a highlighter by mixing in some gold or shimmery eye shadow.
Once applied, let the cream dry and set with powder for long lasting coverage.
If you are unable to find a BB cream to match your skin tone, mix in a few drops of your favourite foundation during application.
1. ELIZABETH ARDEN Visible Whitening Multi-Targeted UV Shield BB Cream with SPF 30
Exclusive Lines, Rs. 10,200
2. POND’S White Beauty BB+ All-in-One Fairness Cream with SPF 30
Supermarkets, Rs. 250 upwards
3. GIVENCHY Hydra Sparkling Nude Look BB Cream with SPF 30
The Parfumerie, Price on request
4. CLARINS UV Plus High Protection Perfecting BB Cream with SPF 40
5. LANCÔME Hydra Zen Anti-Stress Moisturizing Tinted Cream
Exclusive Lines, Rs. 7,500
*All prices are subject to change.
This article was originally published as ‘BB Mania’ in the November 2016 issue of Cosmopolitan Sri Lanka. For info on the newest beauty products, grab a copy of our latest magazine.
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