7 BB creams to add to your makeup arsenal


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BB creams have gone from beauty trend to staple, thanks to their plethora of benefits and versatility. The combination of moderate coverage and sun protection make BB creams a no-brainer for summer, and now there are more choices than ever to explore. If you think cosmetics companies have gotten comfortable with their success, think again. BB creams are still evolving, bringing new textures and formulas to your makeup arsenal.


1. Laneige BB Cushion Compact


$34 for 1.05 oz. at Target

Cushion compacts are the big trend in foundation right now, both for the ease of portability and making it a snap to customize your coverage. Laneige’s compact is special for a number of reasons. First of all, it comes in a wide range of shades, making it accessible to many skin tones. In addition to this, it has SPF 50, giving you major sun protection. The water-resistant formula lasts for up to 12 hours, so you won’t have to worry about sweating off your base. It also helps to brighten skin, moisturizes and cools skin by four degrees Celsius on contact, which is an absolute pleasure in the summer heat.


2. Iman Cosmetics Skin Tone Evener BB Crème


$19.99 for 1 oz. at Walgreens

This cream contains SPF 15 and offers sheer coverage, while five shades ranging from sand to earth take into account a wide variety of skin tones. The real star here is the brand’s Skin Evener Complex, which nourishes, protects and promotes an even skin tone with superstar ingredients such as antioxidant acai, hydrating sweet almond oil, soothing aloe, antioxidant grapeseed oil and licorice root, which is revered for its healing and anti-inflammatory properties.


3. Clinique Acne Solutions BB Cream


$38 for 1 oz. at Sephora

Acne-prone skin tends to be very finicky with facial cosmetics, which is why it’s such a breath of fresh air to see a BB cream created specifically to tend to its needs. This oil-free formula, exclusive to Sephora, contains SPF 40 for sublime sun protection and offers a matte finish. It’s also non-comedogenic, so it won’t clog pores, and it’s both allergy-tested and fragrance free. Best of all, it comes in five shades, ranging from light to deep.


4. Jane Iredale Glow Time Mineral BB Cream


$48 for 1.7 oz. at Dermstore

If you like your cosmetics clean and green, Jane Iredale has the BB cream for you, and with an eight-shade range, you’ll have plenty of options to fit your skin tone. This cream harnesses the power of plants for its anti-aging, antioxidant powers, such as green tea, white tea, grapefruit and apple extracts as well as aloe and sunflower seed oil. It also contains SPF 25 and is water resistant for up to 40 minutes. This is a great option for those who want a classic BB cream with an eco-friendly focus.


5. BareMinerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream


$29.50 for 1.18 oz. at Ulta

BareMinerals, the leaders in mineral makeup, have once again created a product that changes the cosmetics game. This gel cream is BB Cream turned up to 11. It contains SPF 30 and provides intense hydration courtesy of squalene, a moisturizer that comes from olives, and marine extracts. The unique formula uses coconut alkanes in place of silicone for a flawless application and plant stem cells from the globe daisy for its antioxidant power. And get this: there are a whopping 16 shades to choose from, all of which take into account undertones for a perfect match.


6. Physician’s Formula Bronze Booster Glow-Boosting BB Bronzer 


$14.99 for 0.3 oz. at CVS

This bronzer is a great way to explore the BB phenomenon without having to abandon your favorite foundation. Physician’s Formula uses Glow Activator Technology, which means that you’ll see immediate results that last all day long without the orange-y tinge that some bronzers can impart. This powder also moisturizes, blurs imperfections and protects skin from the sun’s rays with SPF 20.


7. Dr. Jart+ BB Mate Contour 1.2.3 Kit


$45 at Sephora

Much like BB cream, contouring has blown past trend status to become an indispensable tool in your makeup repertoire, so it was only a matter of time until Dr. Jart, BB cream icons, put their spin on the look. This brilliant kit contains three tubes of BB cream: a highlighter, a neutralizer and a bronzer, so you can customize your contouring look to perfection. All of the formulas contain SPF 30 as well as the skin-perfecting ingredients you’ve come to expect from Dr. Jart: rosehip, moringa and avocado oils, moisturizing mineral water, antioxidant snow lotus extract, which also brightens skin, and Matrixyl 3000TM, a peptide complex that is said to improve skin’s elasticity.

With so many options available, you can choose the BB formula that’s right for you, so play on and start crafting your summer beauty look!