cosmetics The Best BB Creams

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The best BB creams offer both protection for skin and hydrating properties. What exactly is a BB cream? "BB" is actually short for beauty balm or blemish balms. BB creams combine elements of tinted moisturizers with other ingredients, all in one product. They're all the rage, and they're great if you can find the right one for your skin type. It seems that nearly all of the top cosmetics brands now offer a BB cream. Who makes the best? The ones listed here are all considered good, so vote them up or down based on your own experiences. And, if you've got a favorite BB cream that isn't listed, add it.

Great BB creams are usually much lighter than foundation. They don't offer that kind of full-coverage, but they do offer some other huge benefits, like anti-oxidants to help brighten skin tone and smooth fine lines. Most of them also include sunscreens, to help ward off potentially skin damaging sun rays. BB creams that are fragrance-free are also available, for those with skin sensitivities. Be sure to read labels carefully, so you know exactly what you're getting.

Some BB creams are designed for specific skin types: Those with dry skin, for instance, would be well served by trying a BB cream that offers some extra facial moisturizing ingredients, like hyaluronic acid. For those with oily skin, it might be best to find a BB cream that isn't too heavy on the "glowing" aspect -- because really, oily skin doesn't need any kind of additional glow, now does it? There are BB creams on the market that can help to control excess oil, by the way. It seems, at least at the moment, that there's literally a BB cream for all skin types.

How do you know if you'll like using a BB cream? Do you wear a tinted moisturizer in place of a regular foundation? If so, you'll probably be perfectly cool with a light coverage BB cream. If you want more coverage though, stick to your regular foundations and primers for now and try to check out samples of BB creams to start. That way, you're not throwing your hard-earned cash away on a product that will just wind up taking up space in your already cluttered makeup drawer.

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Clarins BB Skin Perfecting Cre... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best BB Creams
Clarins BB Skin Perfecting Cream SPF 25

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Clinique Age Defense BB Cream ... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best BB Creams
Clinique Age Defense BB Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 30

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Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best BB Creams
Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream SPF 35

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Tarte BB Tinted Treatment 12-H... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best BB Creams
Tarte BB Tinted Treatment 12-Hour Primer Broad Spectrum SPF 30

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Estée Lauder Daywear An... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best BB Creams
Estée Lauder Daywear Anti-Oxidant Beauty Benefit Creme SPF 35

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Stila Stay All Day 10-in-1 HD ... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best BB Creams
Stila Stay All Day 10-in-1 HD Beauty Balm

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Too Faced Tinted Beauty Balm is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best BB Creams
Too Faced Tinted Beauty Balm

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Dr. Brandt Signature Flexitone... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best BB Creams
Dr. Brandt Signature Flexitone BB Cream

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Garnier Skin Renew Miracle Ski... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best BB Creams
Garnier Skin Renew Miracle Skin Perfector BB Cream SPF 15

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DIOR Diorskin Nude BB Creme is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best BB Creams
DIOR Diorskin Nude BB Creme

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Etude BB Magic Cream is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best BB Creams
Etude BB Magic Cream

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Maybelline Dream Fresh 8-in-1 ... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best BB Creams
Maybelline Dream Fresh 8-in-1 BB Cream

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MISSHA M Perfect Cover BB Crea... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best BB Creams
MISSHA M Perfect Cover BB Cream

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Urban Decay Naked Skin Beauty ... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best BB Creams
Urban Decay Naked Skin Beauty Balm Broad Spectrum SPF 20

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L'Oreal Magic Skin Beautifier ... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best BB Creams
L'Oreal Magic Skin Beautifier BB Cream

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Rimmel BB Cream Beauty Balm 9 ... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best BB Creams
Rimmel BB Cream Beauty Balm 9 in 1 Skin Perfecting Super Makeup

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Dr. Jart+ Premium Beauty Balm ... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best BB Creams
Dr. Jart+ Premium Beauty Balm SPF 45

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Olay Fresh Effects BB Cream is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best BB Creams
Olay Fresh Effects BB Cream

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Bobbi Brown BB Cream Broad Spe... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best BB Creams
Bobbi Brown BB Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 35

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Dr. Jart+ Water Fuse BB Beauty... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best BB Creams
Dr. Jart+ Water Fuse BB Beauty Balm With SPF 25

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Revlon Photoready BB Cream SPF... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best BB Creams
Revlon Photoready BB Cream SPF 30

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HANSKIN Super 3 Solution BB Cr... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best BB Creams
HANSKIN Super 3 Solution BB Cream

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Boscia BB Cream SPF 27 is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best BB Creams
Boscia BB Cream SPF 27

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Dr. Brandt Skincare Flexitone ... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best BB Creams
Dr. Brandt Skincare Flexitone BB Cream

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Skin79 Super+ BB Cream Pink La... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best BB Creams
Skin79 Super+ BB Cream Pink Label

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Aveeno Clear Complextion BB Cr... is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best BB Creams
Aveeno Clear Complextion BB Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 30

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Physicians Formula Super BB Cr... is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best BB Creams
Physicians Formula Super BB Cream

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Edifier is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best BB Creams
Edifier

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Boots No 7 Instant Radiance Be... is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best BB Creams
Boots No 7 Instant Radiance Beauty Balm

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Jane Iredale Glow Time BB Crea... is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best BB Creams
Jane Iredale Glow Time BB Cream

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Kanebo KATE Mineral Cover BB G... is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best BB Creams
Kanebo KATE Mineral Cover BB Gel Cream SPF30