The Real Talk About BB Creams


In the winter of 2011 you may have just begun to hear about BB creams and its magical goodness. BB cream is a Blemish Balm or Blemish Base cosmetic. By 2012 it was the hottest new beauty trend to try and true beauty mavens just could not live without the wonder cream. Fast forward to today and there still seems to be some confusion about the multi function cream, its actual results, and the availability of the cream for brown ladies. Today we are having the real talk about whether BB cream is really as magical as it seems, where it originated from, and the best BB cream for brown beauties.


BB Cream Origin Facts

  • Founded in Germany in 1950

  • Becomes popular in Korea 30 yrs later

  • Becomes popular in the 1980’s because of South Korean actresses who wore the blemish balm as their top beauty secret to flawless skin

  • Becomes popular in Europe and the US in Spring 2012




BB Cream Ingredients

  • An all-in-one product cream that contains moisturizer, primer, sunscreen, foundation, and an anti-aging cream

  • Some creams have anti-aging components such as: Vitamin A,E, and C which are antioxidants

  • Other creams have moisturizing agents such as glycerin and hyaluronic acid

  • Licorice and arbutin can be found in different brands to help even out the skin tone

  • Dimethicone is a silicone based ingredient that smooth and preps the skin acting as a primer can also be found in various brand

  • For luminosity the ingredient mica can be found in some brands as well


The Pros and Cons

The Pros

  • It is perfect for the woman on the go to apply as a one step process
  • Provides coverage and skincare properties
  • Most suitable for barely there makeup look because of its natural finish
  • Can be used as a primer to execute full coverage makeup looks
  • They is a broad spectrum of SPF
  • A more sophisticated tinted moisturizer
  • Prices range form $18-$90 per tube


The Cons

  • Because of the variety of ingredients  in BB creams some brands leave an ashy/lavender or pink/white cast on the skin
  • Depending on the thickness of texture of the BB cream it will not always cover dark spot blemishes, therefore you may need to spot cover with a concealer
  • Although there are shades for dark skin specific brands offer a very limited shades in light, medium, & dark which still are to fair for women of color
  • Some BB cream undertones are not suitable for dark skin such as being too pink or olive
  • There are already tinted moisturizers that  have SPF, anti-oxidants with anti-aging benefits and makeup coverage to even out skin
  • Depending on the time of day or the season the BB cream may not be all that you need such as: drier skin in the winter requiring more moisture or tanning in the summer which requires a different shade that a brand may not offer
  • Some brands do use unsafe ingredients such as titanium or zinc dioxides found in SPF which can harm the skin


If you are interested in trying a BB cream consider your skin type, the season, the chemicals, and give your skin a week to adjust to the product before you make a final decision. While the idea of an all-in-on product is enticing the combination of so many chemicals cautions my use of the product.  As a makeup artist I would rather my client use specific products for a specific issue rather that a multi function product. You may feel different based on the reaction of you skin. We would love to hear your results as an avid BB cream user. Remember its only makeup and trying new things helps you get to know your skin better, so find out what product works best for you.


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