What is BB Cream?

What is BB Cream?

Missha BB Cream

Missha BB Cream

BB Cream can stand for Blemish Balm or Blemish Base. It’s popular in Asian countries, like Korea, Hong Kong, and Japan, where it’s considered a make-up staple. Nowadays, BB Cream is gaining widespread popularity thanks to the growing Asian trend, internet blogs, and celebrities who endorse the products.

Originally used for dermatological purposes in Germany to heal blemishes from surgery, acne, etc, while at the same time hiding them as they heal. The trend started in Korea, where Korean actresses who had laser surgery started using it. In fact, BB Creams were known as a Korean Actresses’ Beauty Secret–a way for popular Korean actresses to have flawlessly beautiful skin.

With BB Cream’s skin-regenerating properties combined with its natural coverage, it’s a wonder the trend didn’t catch up sooner! Unlike other make-up bases, BB cream is marketed as a sunscreen, moisturizer, primer, and foundation all in one. In fact, some brands throw in glowing, anti-aging, and whitening properties as well. However, this doesn’t mean you should abandon your skin care regimen and replace it with these creams! Think of it as an add-on to your make-up regimen, rather than a replacement. (see How to Apply Makeup : Foundation for a suggestion on how to add it to your make-up regimen)

BB Creams offer a light, sheer coverage. But you can layer most brands (wait for it to dry before applying another layer) or apply it like liquid foundation, using a stippling brush for a nice airbrushed look.

A drawback of BB creams is that majority of the brands come out with shades and tints that are much more suited for people with a fair complexion–leaving those with tanned or dark skin in the dust. Some BB creams, like Dr. Jart+, can be used for those with slightly tanned skin, but i have yet to see a BB cream formulated for people who posses dark skin or heavy tans.

Maybelline BB Cream

Maybelline's BB Cream

Also, you should take note that many BB creams have a lot of non-natural, medical ingredients that may cause people to break out. Not all BB Creams are the same. Just because it suits your friend, it doesn’t mean it’ll be good for you. Try to find the BB Cream that suits you. Most of my friends didn’t break out no matter which brand of BB cream they tried, but others broke out with some brands. For me, the first BB Cream I tried broke my forehead out a bit. I waited until it healed before I tried another brand. The second brand I tried didn’t cause any break outs at all, plus it looked wonderful on my skin! I’ve been using it ever since. Once you find the BB Cream that matches you well, you’ll always come out looking naturally beautiful!

The most popular brands of BB Cream include Missha, Dr. Jart+, SkinFood, Liole, Maybelline, and Etude House.

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  1. Tricia says:

    Can you recommend a bb cream Maybelline or Liole?

    • Sofia Hu says:

      I would recommend you choose Lioele BB cream over Maybelline.

      Maybelline BB cream has a much sheerer coverage and I think it comes in only one color. If you aren’t really white, the Maybelline BB cream would cause a white cast for a few hours.

      Lioele, on the other hand, is a more established and well-known brand in Korea. While I haven’t used Lioele yet, a lot of reviews say that it has much better coverage and the different lines have different tones for different skin colors (still none for those who are tanned or african-american though). :)

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