As is the case with many revolutionary beauty offerings, BB (stands for Blemish or Beauty Balm) Cream was an export from Asia. The skincare/makeup hybrid was already a pretty big deal in Japan and Korea before it landed stateside.
Since that first BB arrived, the category has blown up so now nearly every brand offers its own version of the stuff.
The offerings can be as opaque as tinted moisturizer or so transparent its more like a primer and they contain ingredients that can fight blemishes, hydrate parched skin, and even lighten dark spots.
Here are some BBs that are sheer genius.
Designed to make skin look better in front of the camera, this will get your face to a #nofilter kind of place.
Get the dewy, glowy skin of your dreams with this luminizing formula.
If you’re short on time, this does-it-all (hydrates, conceals, protects and primes) BB cuts out a few steps to get you out the door faster.
This oil-free blemish balm helps fade those pesky post-pimple dark marks with soy.
When the lack of sunlight has left you with a vampiric pallor, just slather on some of this bronze tint to bring the life back to your skin.
Get those damn spots out with this mineral-based brightening formula.
Quench your thirsty complexion with an intensely hydrating combination of hyaluronic acid, lipids, and glycerin.
Say you actually prefer or need more coverage than BBs offer; this layers beautifully so you’re never left feeling naked.
You want your hair to be glossy, not so much your face. This mattifying option will give you a hand in fighting the shine.
While most BBs only come in two or three shades, this one is available in nine that range from Extra Light to Dark Deep.