Existing somewhere between a moisturizer and foundation is a BB cream. The best of both worlds, BB creams—beauty or blemish balm (BB)—aims to “moisturize, protect, and correct” the skin, according to Sung-Jae Jung, MD, founder of BB pioneer Dr. Jart+. Essentially, BB’s are supposed to minimize the need for the other products in your beauty routine to allow your skin to breathe and look like, well, skin. Not to be mistaken for its sister, CC creams—which stand for “color correcting”—BB creams are infused with antioxidants, brightening agents, acids, and broad-spectrum SPF to treat the skin while giving it a fresh, even glow.
A full beat is great, but nothing beats the summer heat like a lightweight, breathable BB cream. Ahead, the 20 best BB creams that make your skin look like skin, but better.
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Your Skin’s Best Friend
Bare with Me Tinted Skin Veil
As the title suggests, this NYX Cosmetics staple provides a bare-faced feel while using the most calming, skin-loving ingredients out there: aloe and cucumber extracts.
For Mineral Sunscreen Lovers
CC Screen 100% Mineral CC Cream SPF 50
Everything you love about Supergoop’s star sunscreen, now in a tinted mineral CC cream. This super lightweight formula leaves your skin hydrated, glowing, and protected.
For a Skin-Like Finish
Camo CC Cream
If you’re sleeping on E.L.F’s CC cream, it’s time you wake up! This CC cream is thick enough to give you medium-to-full coverage but light enough to feel more like skin and less like foundation.
Premium BB Beauty Balm SPF 40
A beauty balm that can do it all. The formula works to even skin tone and contains botanical actives that calm red or irritated skin. Arbutin also works to eradicate dark spots, leaving your skin bright and fresh.
For the Frugal Shopper
BB Cream HD Beauty Balm
L.A Girl’s concealers became a cult-favorite for delivering high-end quality for less than $5. Now, its BB cream provides the same results without hurting your wallet.
For Sun Protection
Stem Cellular CC Cream SPF 30
While you’re focused on evening out your tone and hiding impurities, Juice Beauty’s CC cream is doing the hard work. Sun protection (SPF30), rich antioxidants, and radiant skin are what you can expect from using this product.
For a Good Deal
Dream Fresh BB Cream 8-In-1 Skin Perfector
Here’s the ultimate drugstore steal. The water-gel formula goes on smooth, providing hydration in an instant. The product also is free from oils so you won’t be shiny all day.
For A Makeup and Skincare Hybrid
ColourPop Pretty Fresh Hyaluronic Acid Tinted Moisturizer
Formulated with hyaluronic acid and coconut water, Coloupop’s tinted moisturizer combines makeup and skincare to give your skin some much-needed TLC all day long.
For A Glow
Perfecting Skin Tint
Described as a “sheer skin enhancer,” Glossier’s cult-favorite skin tint makes your skin look like skin, but better. It won’t blur dark spots and blemishes but it will give your skin an even tone and a sunkissed glow.
For An Instagram-Ready Finish
Tinted Moisturizer Natural Skin Perfector Broad Spectrum SPF 30
Laura Mercier took its original tinted moisturizer and revamped it with a new formula and a wider shade range. With added skincare ingredients like macadamia and kukui seed oils, this skin tint provides an instant natural finish—no Paris IG filter necessary.
For A Mrs. Bieber-Approved Product
Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 30
BareMinerals’ Complexion Rescue offers a weightless veil of coverage and hydrates even the driest skin. Plus, it’s Hailey Bieber’s desert island must-have for broad-spectrum SPF.
For All-In-One Coverage
CC+ Cream with SPF 50+
If your makeup routine includes five or more products, It Cosmetics’ CC+ cream is the all-in-one product you need to cut your routine in half. Its buildable coverage covers up impurities without leaving a cakey feeling and collagen, antioxidants, peptides, and more work together to create a youthful finish.
For An Easy Blend
BB Cream SPF 20
Infused with cucumber, jojoba, aloe, and vitamin E, your skin will feel hydrated and healthy for days on end. The lightly tinted cream also blends super easily for a natural finish.
For Matte Skin
Clinique Anti-Blemish Solutions Bb Cream Spf 40 30ml/1Ounce – Medium Deep, 1 Ounce
If you’re looking for a bit more coverage, this BB cream is made for you. The non-greasy texture takes care of shine all day to create a matte finish that doesn’t look too dry.
For The ‘Gram
Super BB InstaReady BB Cream
Like the name promises, this BB cream will have you Instagram ready in a pinch. The blendable and buildable coverage will also cover imperfections and provide flawless skin like a “pretty” filter.
For The K-Beauty Lover
Perfect Cover BB Cream SPF42
K-beauty for the win. The best-selling BB cream provides a good amount of coverage without leaving your face feeling cakey.
For A Green Beauty Fix
BB Cream with SPF 15
Burt’s Bees BB cream has the perfect balance of a hydrating lotion and concealer-like coverage. The added Noni extract provides a burst of antioxidants.
For Sensitive Types
BB Cream Broad Spectrum Spf 30
The non-drying and non-comedogenic formula won’t clog your pores, making it ideal for the most sensitive skin types. The BB cream also adapts to different skin tones so you’ll never have to worry about color matching.
For Dry and Dull Skin
Hydro Boost Hydrating Tint
Skin feeling kind of bleh? Key ingredients hyaluronic and glycerin work to hydrate and plump your skin to add a fresh glow.
For A Vegan Option
Amazonian Clay BB Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 20
The Amazonian clay base is ideal for oily skin types because it works overtime to cleanse pores and rid them of dirt and debris. The BB cream is also a great vegan option that’s packed with vitamins A, C, and E that moisturize and brighten skin.
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