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Foundation Nation Pt. 2: BB & CC deets

While I LOVE my full coverage foundation 95% of the time, I haven't wanted to use it much for the last week. Don’t get it twisted…I’ll always love it and I’ll never forsake it. But when I’m out in the sun all day, it’s hard to want to apply a normal face of makeup. With fresh summer skin in mind, I began to explore my options and am still so surprised by what I fell in love with.

I’ll give it to you straight: I have been super skeptical of BB Creams since day one, solely because it seemed to be a product that's been on the market for years, but with a trendy new name. <Ahem…tinted moisturizer. > Seeing every cosmetic line put out their own BB and CC Cream, I figured this was more fad-ish than anything and would soon pass. But even a few years later, these BB and CC’s are still dominating the market and getting better and better. (Serious shout-out to any readers who instantly thought of the OG BB and CC…BeBe and Cece Winans.)

The Facts: The B’s in BB Cream stand for Beauty Balm. It’s sold and promoted as an all-in-one facial product to replace serum, moisturizer, primer, foundation and SPF. It can be worn alone as a tinted moisturizer, on top of serum and moisturizer as a regular foundation, and under powder depending how much, or how little, coverage that you want. What separates the B’s from the C’s? CC = Color Corrector. Ultimately, they’re almost the exact same product but C’s offer an added bonus for those needing the extra color-correction. Ex: someone with Rosacea.

Soooo…it’s basically anything you want it to be. And for summer? I love it. Uhhh-lot. Talk about easy: BB Cream, a little concealer, and blush are all you need to look fresh-faced and ready for a fun summer day! Apply it using the same foundation brush as normal, and for those scared of minimal coverage, set it with a powder for a little extra Oomph. Skin feels light, fresh and breathable all day without heaviness. And if that’s not enough, the color wheels are normally much smaller on these products, which means picking out the right shade is easier than ever.

My faves:

1. Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream: SPF 35, Contains an oil-controlling formula with pearlized pigments to give a hydrated, youthful look without getting more and more shiny throughout the day. This bad boy is GREAT for anyone with Oily-skin but still works well on other skin-types too.

2. Tarte BB Tinted Treatment 12-Hr: Broad spectrum chemical-free SPF 30, Oil-free, minimizes the look of fine-lines and pores with a creamy, smooth finish.

3. Garnier Skin Renew BB Cream: Combination of intense hydration with tinted minerals and vitamin C, which boosts skin’s luminosity and radiance. This one is endorsed by the Queen of daytime. Even Oprah needs a good Drugstore-BB!

Loving these BB’s and CC’s for summer time. Give one a go and embrace the fresh-faced look this season!!


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